Update on Mountsfield Park Cafe

The prospect of a cafe in Mountsfield Park has moved a step closer with the submission of a planning application to Lewisham Council.

We have been campaigning for a new cafe in the park for years, and we are delighted that the clear wishes of so many in the local community are that much closer to being realised.  The journey to this point has been lengthy and sometimes frustrating, with disappointments along the way.  But it now feels like we are in touching distance of getting a cafe that will serve the needs of all park users – families using the redeveloped playground, weekend gardeners in the community garden, daily dog walkers, picnic goers, joggers, and many more.

Your Executive has written to the Council to put on record our firm support for this proposal – you can view our letter here: Mountsfield cafe reference DC-16-095961

We encourage you to write to the Council to express your support as well.

You can view the planning documents here:

We’ll keep you posted as the proposal progresses.

Rory, Maria, Carrie, Ros, Rivke, Max, and Gareth
FOMP Executive



Council seek expressions of interest in a new cafe in Mountsfield Park


As many of you know, Lewisham Council have £50k set aside to support the development a new and improved cafe in Mountsfield Park, and they are now seeking expressions of interest from potential operators.

We don’t think there is any single way to create a wonderful cafe in Mountsfield Park, and are keen that this process encourages creative and innovative approaches, bringing in private investment to supplement money from the Council.

If you know somebody who might be interested – perhaps an existing local business – please encourage them to contact the Corporate Asset Team at Lewisham Council on 0208 314 6865 or email Jennifer.Rivers@lewisham.gov.uk .  The Team will also be hosting an open afternoon on Wednesday 28 October from 14:00-16:00 – why not come along and share your views?

The Friends of Mountsfield Park have produced a short information pack to help this process – MP_Brief_FINAL_July_2015.pdf

We hope that this can be the start of the next phase of improvement at our wonderful park.  With your help, continued engagement, and enthusiasm, the cafe we all dream of can become a reality.

The deadline for cafe operators to submit their expressions of interest to the Council’s Corporate Asset Team is 28 October 2015. The Council will then will then formally invite bids giving 6 weeks to return.


Rory, Maria, Carrie, Ros, Rivke, Max, and Gareth

FOMP Executive


Mountsfield Park Improvements – Design Workshop Meeting Notes 18/01/2014

BDP/Lewisham Council, Mountsfield Park design workshop 18-01-2014

BDP/Lewisham Council, Mountsfield Park design workshop 18-01-2014

Preliminary design layout  agreed last Saturday for the Mountsfield Park community garden and new park cafe – Lewisham Council and their design consultants BDP invited local people that had previously expressed an interest in the Mountsfield Park community garden to a design workshop yesterday at Hither Green Baptist Church. BDP presented a sketch plan showing a community garden, new cafe building, refurbished children’s play area, orchard, wildlife area etc. The proposed general arrangement is  based upon meeting the needs of the local community, results of previous consultation phases and what can be best achieved with the existing budget. The proposal is to provide a new 90 sq/m cafe building (including toilets) made from 4 shipping containers. Estimated completion of the  improvements is by the end of 2014. The scale of each of the proposed improvements is still indicative. A sketch site plan of the community garden will be issued by Lewisham Council/BDP in the near future for further consultation.

Sammy T’s Cafe at Mountsfield Park – Christmas Opening Times

Billy & Jed at Sammy T's Cafe - Mountsfield Park

Billy & Jed Ready to Serve You at Sammy T’s Cafe – Mountsfield Park

Billy and Jed are keen to welcome you at Mountsfield Park’s Sammy T’s cafe

Christmas opening times as follows:
Monday 23rd 9 till 4
Tuesday 24th 9 till 3
Christmas day closed
Boxing day closed
Friday 27th 9 till 4
Saturday 28th 9 till 4
Sunday 29th 9 till 4