Hey you! Grandson Tristan here…
In early 2013 using all of my Nan’s furniture, ornaments & treasured heirlooms, I opened up Little Nan’s bar in a windowless back room of a nightclub near my home just off Deptford High Street.
I set up his bar in honour of my late Nan (known as Little Nan to many) with a mission to spoil guests with a nostalgic homely kitsch environment where local residents can spend time with friends and family whilst meeting the amazing community.
Originally meant to be a beer & cider led bar, Little Nan’s signature Teapot Cocktails took the imagination of our guests, and now Little Nan’s is best known for her award winning Cocktails which come served in a whole array of kitsch vessels. Recently we love serving Cocktails in Vases!
All of our Cocktails are named after our loyal regulars, such as Lady Council Princess & Sebby Seb Seb, plus my Nan’s favourite celebrities including Queen Cilla Black & Lord Roy Walker along with her fav soap stars, including Lady Pat Butcher and Bet Lynch. We serve Cocktails just how Little Nan would like to drink them. We currently have over 70 cocktails to choose from in the menus which are actually hand written by me (and not a 8 year old child as some have asked!)
My Mum aka Little Mum (the daughter of Little Nan) helped Cousin Jacquie & myself launch Little Nan’s Afternoon Tea’s in early 2014, where all bakes and cakes are still made using Little Nan’s vintage family recipe’s featuring the highlight of Little Mum’s 89 year old recipe raspberry jam.
In late 2014 Little Nan’s Bar was closed down due to landlord issues, and I was devastated beyond belief. But the support of our customers enabled Little Nan’s to spend the last 3 years popping up all across the capital including New Cross, Greenwich, Peckham, Dalston, Shoreditch, Hoxton, Brockley, Nunhead & a Royal Racecourse. We had so much fun and made so many good friends! Our Peckham & Dalston pop ups are still open!!
For me and the rest of Little Nan’s Grandkids, it was all about getting back to Deptford to open up a permanent home for the bar. In September 2016, this dream came true and we moved into 2 victorian arches within The Deptford Market Yard and spent all the money we saved up from our 2 year tour of London to give Deptford the kitsch palace she deserves. We are so happy to be home!
In February 2017 we launched our second permanent home within the Catford Broadway Theatre, spoiling this special part of London with a kitsch art deco forest of dreams. We are so honoured to have been welcomed into the Catford community & would like to give special Thanks to the local councillors & Lewisham Council for enabling us to have a 2nd permeant home where you can often pop in for a chat with Granddaughter Clare.
Previously known for special occasion bookings, cocktails and weekend openings, our 2 permeant bars in Deptford & Catford are open daily, day and night, along with featuring fully stocked bars including cask ales, craft beers on tap, fine wines, premium spirits and frozen slushy’s, meaning you don't just have to wait till the weekend to be spoilt by Little Nan!
In March 2017 we extended our Dalston & Peckham pop ups until the end of May, and have exciting events coming up at both. We will be sad to leave these pop ups, but have future plans of more, and are open to suggestions if you have a space and area in mind?
We literally could not have done all this without the support that you have all given us over the past 4 years. We owe everything to you all, and we love our guests and everyone who has been there over the past 4 years so very much.
See you soon
Grandson Tristan & Little Nan’s Grandchildren x
And we picked up a few awards along the way...