Meet Ash Nathan of 1961 Coffee Roasters and 8 Pizzeria in Camberwell
Article posted: December 2, 2021
One of Camberwell’s much-loved cafes has transformed to offer customers a premium coffee roastery, as well as a pizzeria and cocktail bar.
Patrons will know the establishment, formerly called CoffeeHead, for its excellent food and coffee, and its commitment to creating a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
The business, which is still operated by the same owner Ash Nathan, has divided into two incredible offerings: 1961 Coffee Roasters, where coffee lovers can unite to celebrate the world’s greatest beverage, and 8 Pizzeria, a pizzeria and cocktail bar housed in a converted warehouse space.
Mr Nathan said he was excited to offer customers a new experience but promises to retain the quality customer service the business is renowned for.
“Being a chef for 38 years, I still love cooking, I still love what I do, I’m still enjoying it. I love seeing people and I enjoy providing hospitality,” he said.
“We decided to change things a bit but still offer that same great service.”
Mr Nathan has operated his business in Camberwell for 10 years and said he has always evolved the business over the years. This shift in the business is simply the next phase of that evolution.
Introducing 8 Pizzeria
The address of 8 Railway Parade inspired the name for Mr Nathan’s renewed business, 8 Pizzeria.
The converted warehouse is now home to a pizzeria and cocktail bar and offers patrons a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
The space features a painted exposed brick wall, wooden furniture, a black-and-white chequered floor, neon signs, and a foosball table for friendly games.
On the menu is Naples-style woodfired pizzas, gelato, artisan wines, and Italian inspired cocktails.
One cocktail that has already proved popular among customers is the Negroni 924 – a premium negroni, hand blended, and aged in French oak barrels on-site.
As for the pizzas, visitors can expect the classics like Margherita, vegetarian, and capricciosa, as well as some more modern varieties like the Bee Sting (chilli and honey), Fog Horn Leg Horn (peppered chicken and roasted peppers) and the Shepherd’s Bush (pulled lamb shoulder, eggplant, fig and mint).
“I feel that Camberwell lacks a good entertainment venue next to the station. You can come here, have a good time, and you don’t have to drink and drive – you can catch the train,” Mr Nathan said.
The venue is available for large group bookings, and there are also options for patrons to host regular networking catch-ups, in addition to more formal functions and private events.
“We want people to come here, relax and enjoy themselves,” Mr Nathan said.
1961 Coffee Roasters: focusing on good coffee and simple food
Next door, at 10 Railway Parade, is 1961 Coffee Roasters – a coffee roastery and cafe that invites customers to sit in and enjoy a cup of coffee.
The space is small but intimate, and it offers guests the perfect opportunity to discover a hidden gem in the heart of Camberwell.
The cafe will operate earlier in the day, from 7am – 3pm, to give people their morning caffeine fix, with options for a light breakfast or lunch also available.
Mr Nathan said the cafe would focus on offering simple food – think muffins, toasted sandwiches, quesadillas, and other small bites.
During the recent lockdowns, Mr Nathan said customers keenly supported the coffee side of the business, often ordering batches of coffee beans so they could enjoy coffee at home.
This wing of the business has expanded to cater to a bigger retail and wholesale market.
“I believe we are the only coffee roastery in Camberwell, which makes us unique,” Mr Nathan said.
Mr Nathan and his team source the finest coffee beans from around the world which are then freshly roasted on-site to their precise in-house standards.
“We are constantly innovating and pushing the boundaries to bring our customers great tasting coffee,” he said.
Customers can visit the roastery in person to purchase a range of coffee products or they can order online via the 1961 Coffee Roasters website.
The roastery sells a range of coffee blends including single origin, as well as coffee capsules, decaf coffee, and accessories to complete the coffee experience.
“We just want to bring really good coffee to people who love coffee,” Mr Nathan said.