The Archie Parker
In the first in our series of interviews with #ForestHillLocals I speak to Simon and Zoe, owners of one of my favourite Forest Hill spots, The Archie Parker.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how long you have been running The Archie Parker? Zoe came up with the idea for a cafe while working as a sales rep and I (Simon) was looking for new premises in South East London for my existing business. The two of us have been friends since 1985 (that dates us!) and so decided to try and look for somewhere that would suit both our needs. After deliberating over a few sites in the Forest Hill and Brockley area we decided to put in an offer on 55a Dartmouth Road and have never looked back. We opened in late August 2014 and it has been an amazing experience.
I am curious about the name, The Archie Parker, is there a story? Archie is the name of Zoe’s dog — and it is Archie’s face that adorns the cups. Archie tends not to visit his coffee shop too often as he barks at anyone who comes through the door!
What is your favourite thing about Forest Hill? Our favourite thing about Forest Hill has to be the community and the people. Other traders were so welcoming — Pauline at Sugar Mountain and Bryan at The Hill especially so, and we were soon making friends with everyone — Aga at the Deli, the staff at The Sylvan Post, Gulam at For Your Eyes Only — then we joined the Traders’ Association and the fight to rescue Forest Hill library — you can’t help but get involved with this great community. We have so many fantastic customers who have supported us throughout, some of them we consider to be more friends than customers.
What’s coming up at The Archie Parker this spring? We have a couple of pop-ups testing out over the next couple of weeks — and we’re looking to build on what we do in the evenings. We had a bit of a make-over recently inside and we have more room for more people and just want to expand the offering. Hopefully Doughnuts will be making a comeback when the weather improves, they were incredibly popular last year. We’re also hosting another Forest Hill Gin Club night in March.
Thanks for your time guys, the make-over looks great and we can’t wait to check out the evening events you’re hosting.
For more info on The Archie Parker visit http://www.thearchieparker.com
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