Cafe Delight19 Clapham High Street, London SW4 7TS
This family-run ‘caff’ opened its doors in 1996 and has been offering a warm welcome, friendly banter, countless mugs of milky tea, English breakfasts and hearty roast dinners ever since. It’s a beacon of continuity on a local high-street in a permanent state of flux – a world of challenged traders, ubiquitous coffee shops and high street chain stores.
Some customers come for company, others come to eat and to pass the time alone, reading the paper, picking horses, or watching the world go by through the café’s large glass windows. Some of Café Delight’s regulars have been coming since it first opened 21 years ago, others are more recent converts.
‘This is not simply a café, with all of the traditional features you’d expect: great food, never-ending mugs of tea, friendly service and spotlessly clean tables. It’s also a community – – offering company, familiarity and security for those regulars who have made Café Delight part of their daily ritual.”
Cafe Delight was the subject of photo exhibition by local photographer Jim Grover. To view the images, visit the website here.
The exhibition was also shown on BBC TV new. The feature can be viewed here.