The vibes are strong at this sunny little slice of Jamaican cool in the arches under Deptford rail station. It grew from one man’s dream to create a relaxed, inclusive bar that paid tribute to his own heritage and the neighbourhood’s Jamaican diaspora; now, local movers and shakers pack the place on a Saturday night, getting loose to R&B, soul, reggae, and the occasional live band. But when patrons aren’t dutty wine-ing on the dance floor, they’re stuffing their gullets with a vegan take on Jamaican fare. Try goodies like braised aubergine with gungo rice 'n' peas or a smokey jackfruit burger that we’re still thinking about. Wash it all down with some choice bevvies, like the light ’n’ fresh Cucumber Cocktail.
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The King's Head
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