Sustainability in all things, that’s the message coming over loudly and clearly. Sweet relief therefore that drinking rum, while keeping an eye on a greener plant is actually possible.
Food & Drink
Growing up, Sidcup was the last place one would describe as a beery oasis but in the intervening years no fewer than four micropubs have sprung up, creating its own little ecosystem of ale.
Children can take things literally, so when we arrived at 400 Rabbits my daughter asked, with a sigh: “Where are all the rabbits?” She looked around and couldn’t find even one.
Food lovers of South London will no doubt rejoice at the news that Borough Market is now open on Sunday as well. It’s doing its best to promote the market as a supermarket alternative fully stocked with everything many expect from their weekly shop.
I have always been wary of eating roast dinners out, partly because they don’t match up to my mum’s Sunday special. I can count on one hand the number of roast dinners that were not utterly forgettable.
It’s time to say “aloha” to the latest dining concept from Under One Kitchen (UOK). Launched in June 2020 to give restaurants a platform to operate and survive the pandemic, by working alongside others to cut costs, it now boasts fusion restaurants, including Sugoi JPN, Japanified and Arepita Sliders.
BasebGarden centres have undergone a renaissance in the past five years. They now represent the best value visits seasonal visits, with bookings full by autumn. My local one joined the Dobbie’s chain earlier this year. With it came a refurbished restaurant, with 200 covers.
A downhill walk to burn off the calories from an unnecessarily gargantuan meal took me past The Douglas Fir, a small pub almost equidistant between Crystal Palace and Anerley railway stations. It is an interesting little pub, and quite hard to classify, somewhere between a micro pub and a craft beer bar.
Diners in Kensington and Chelsea can tuck in with confidence as the borough has been revealed to be the cleanest in London when it comes to food. More than 80 per cent of food retailers in the borough have achieved the highest food hygiene rating with just 15 businesses (0.93 per cent) classed as needing improvement.
The countdown is officially on for the August bank holiday weekend, and as there’s no Notting Hill Carnival this year, destination venues Pop Brixton, Hackney Bridge and Peckham Levels are bringing a taste of carnival to South East London instead. All three venues are hosting full weekends of free live music and DJs.
One of the delights of recent times has been the emergence of the micropub, a small, usually one-roomed independent pub focusing on real ale. Take The Golden Ark in Selsdon, where I supped a few pints recently. You could easily miss it, nestled in between two non-descript shops in a high street.
Baseball has always seemed so glamorous. We’ve seen it played in films countless times but playing it is another matter. I did just that last week and it didn’t go well. Sluggers has arrived at Boxpark Croydon – a haven for Latin American baseball culture – batting cages for hire, a bar offering rather good cocktails and a solid menu offering sliders.
Following the high drama of England’s heartbreak in the Euro 2020 final. Pubs were packed from early in the day and it was tough getting a table anywhere. This week, by contrast, I could walk into anywhere I wanted. I walked into a good one. I walked past Craft Metropolis in Penge High Street and felt compelled to go in.
Imagine a world where beer and chocolate were good for you. That’s probably a bit of a pipe dream but some brands are better for you and the planet than others.
As clever restaurant names go, Fatt Pundit is a winner. This Indo-Chinese restaurant uses this play on words – combining a common Chinese surname, with the Indian word for scholar.
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