The Handbook
The Handbook

A ticket office might not seem like the most usual place for a restaurant, you’d think it’d be better as a ticket office but as we use less ticket offices and eat out more, maybe it isn’t such a bad idea. Peckham-based entrepreneurs, Richard Robinson and Cemal Ezel, certainly think so as next month they are doing just that as they open Coal Rooms.

Taking over the beautifully restored former Grade II listed ticket office which was originally part of Peckham Rye’s train station in the 1930s, Coal Rooms will be home to: a 24-seater café which transforms into a bar at night; a 30-cover restaurant; a private dining room for up to 14 guests; an open kitchen with a further 13 counter seats, oh and an on-site butchery.

Having worked in the kitchens of Smokehouse, Princess of Shoreditch and Norfolk’s Dabbling Duck, Sam Bryant will now be heading up the kitchen and creating a menu that extensively uses a robata grill and coal ovens, as well as working to reduce waste in the kitchen.

Start the day with a coffee-cured bacon sandwich (with a choice of three cuts of bacon cured on site) or scrambled eggs with sriracha mayonnaise, cheese chives and hot dog onions. At lunch, it’ll be all about flatbreads with toppings such as Pig’s cheek, xo sauce and crackling and crab rarebit, egg yolk and samphire. In the evening, the menu will focus on meats and fish, there’ll be dry-aged duck breasts, Mangalitsa cowboy steaks, roasted cod heads and 40 day-aged Dexter sirloin and rib. Small dishes will include smoked eel and pig’s head sausage with gooseberry sauce; creamed and burned corn and a roasted bone marrow curry.

Inspired by the heritage of the station, the Coal Rooms will be smart and glamorous, but still with a nod to its ticket office past. The private dining room in particular is one to see, a vaulted space with a Victorian mosaic floor, it’ll function as a butchery and bakery in the day before becoming a candlelit dining space at night.

Coal Rooms: Opens August 2017, 11a Station Way, Peckham Rye, SE15 4RX,