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Buster Mantis – part Jamaican eatery, part amazing creative space in Deptford

Buster Mantis is South London’s newest hotspot – a destination that combines Jamaican restaurant, vibrant bar and an incredible space for creatives, all contained in 2 beautiful converted railway arches.

A strong, stylish mix of ambition, hard work, detailed planning and community involvement, Buster Mantis was dreamed up by its founder, Gordon McGowan, and named after Sir Alexander Bustamante, Jamaica’s beloved first ever Prime Minister. Dominating a tiny alleyway on the very up-and-coming, extremely happening Deptford High Street, the venue is a homegrown, independent business, lovingly run by locals who’ve lived between Jamaica and the area for decades.

Whether on the lookout for authentic Jamaican cuisine, topped up with some ‘really dangerous’ rum punch (as the clientele are regularly warned) or just in the mood for a dash of Caribbean culture while partying with south London’s most creative people, the vast space beneath two joined railway arches is quickly proving that building a business with the community in mind and based on its actual needs pays off.

Opened in December 2015, and attracting strong praise ever since for its minimal and modern approach, its bold focus on curatorial skills, and its absence of all cliches surrounding the island it draws its inspiration from, it’s easy to understand why the space became an instant success, and why its popularity has been growing ever since.


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