And that’s certainly the case in Hither Green.
Something of a well-kept secret, Lewisham’s thriving area is home to a delicious selection of independent restaurants.
For a glimpse of the best places to eat, reporter Emily Davison took to a popular Hither Green Facebook group to solicit recommendations from those who know the area best.
Here are some of the top restaurants in Hither Green according to local residents.
Four Bowls (located in Arlo and Moe)
Four Bowls was one of the most recommended restaurants by Facebook commenters, with the restaurant being recommended multiple times.
Four Bowls is a pop-up restaurant in the equally popular Arlo and Moe cafe on Springbank Road.
The food is a mix of Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine inspired by family recipes, according to the company’s website.
The restaurant is open for eat-in and take-out on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm to 10pm.
Address: 60 Springbank Rd, London SE13 6SN
If you like Italian food, Sapore Vero has been highly recommended by many, the restaurant has also received 237 reviews on Google with an average rating of 4.5.
A number of Google reviews particularly recommended the ravioli along with the tirimusu.
The restaurant is a short walk from Hither Green train station. with prices from just £3.95.
Address: 19 Staplehurst Rd, London SE13 5ND
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Milk is a popular spot for breakfast or brunch in Hither Green, with a number of Google reviews recommending the place for its good coffee and decent portions.
The restaurant offers a mix of breakfast and brunch options ranging from waffles, avocado toast, and egg dishes.
However, the restaurant also has a different evening menu if you are not a morning person.
Milch is open from 8am to 4pm on weekdays, from 9am to 4pm on Saturdays and from 9.30am to 4pm on Sundays.
Address: 164 Manor Lane, Hither Green, SE12 8LP
Great for anyone who enjoys Vietnamese cuisine, Café Green has an average rating of 4.7 on Google, with a number of reviews praising it for its reasonable prices and large portions.
The website states that the restaurant aims to offer guests “healthy, tasty, and homemade Vietnamese food.”
Address: Ennersdale Rd, London SE13 6JE
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Fera Mediterranean Grill and Mezze Bar
This restaurant has been recommended several times on Facebook and has similarly garnered 210 reviews on Google, with one reviewer calling it ‘one of the best Turkish restaurants in South London’.
The lamb dishes in particular received the most reviews, with others rating it for its value, service, and complimentary bread.
33 Staplehurst Rd, London SE13 5ND
If you have a sweet tooth, Le Delice is a restaurant you should try.
The French-style bakery offers a variety of sweet and savory items, including crepes, cakes, paninis and breakfast options.
The cafe has a Google rating of 4.5, with the pastries and crepes being a popular choice for guests.
Address: 232 Hither Green Ln, London SE13 6RT