Located at the end of Brixton Road nearest Oval Tube Station, underneath a tattered awning and a non-descript outer window, Cable Cafe & Bar is a surprise, but a very pleasant one. As you would expect from a place named after the old Brixton cable trams, the focus is old-fashioned. With wooden tables, comfy chairs and brilliant artwork (one of the murals was uncovered when they were stripping the walls to re-paint), Cable is like the quirky, eclectic living room that you have always dreamed of having.
We ordered a cappuccino and a hot chocolate (sadly there are some non-coffee lovers among us!) and both were delicious. The cappuccino was rich and creamy, if not particularly strong. The hot chocolate was wonderful, extremely thick and more like a meal than a drink of its own!
Although there is currently no food apart from cakes or pastries, the ones tasted were delicious. There is also the luxury that being in a cafe/bar provides, of slowly moving from a late afternoon coffee to an early evening cocktail without having to change seats. There’s a beautiful bar with lots of choice, with many unusual or alternative recommendations available. Although service can be a little slow, the staff were all lovely and helpful. There’s live music every week and a piano fills one of the back walls. As well as this the back room can be hired free of charge and makes a lovely, intimate venue.
Cable Cafe & Bar is a great place to get a coffee because it is different and relaxed. A brilliant place to spend a Sunday afternoon or head for an after work drink.