The closure of restaurants to in-dining customers for much of the past year has been hugely disappointing.
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The craft beer revolution of the last decade has exploded the number of breweries in the UK, and of course the capital is the epicentre. There were fewer than 10 breweries in London in 2006 and now there are more than a hundred.
I once had a spell of drinking in a pub called The Plume of Feathers, quite near to where I grew up. It was an okay pub but it was mainly noteworthy for bumping into people I hadn’t seen since school.
With restaurant doors closed for at least another couple of months, a Croydon businessman has come up with a way for diners to get the full restaurant experience without leaving their cars.
In a few weeks’ time the ‘rule of six’ will be back in place and entertaining in home gardens will once again be allowed. What could be better than catching up with family and friends, gin & tonic in hand? All that’s needed now is for the weather to get its act together – a little sunshine would be most welcome.
I have two abiding memories of a pub called The Crown in Eltham. In one, I am a kid, and my dad has just nipped inside for a drink while we were out shopping, or possibly shopping was the side-event to the pub.
“Traditional” boozers are mentioned most often in discussions about the survival and flourishing of pubs. It seems a bigger shame, somehow, when an established venue closes for good. Woolwich is a graveyard of pubs , with a few ghostly remains
Restaurant openings take a long time to plan so I dare say that Heritage expected to be fully operational by the time it opened a few weeks ago. What has actually transpired is a collection and delivery service because we’re in lockdown once again, with no in-dining allowed until mid-May.
Don’t miss the opportunity to spoil your mother on Sunday, March 14. It’s a shame that Mother’s Day comes before outside dining is allowed once more, as of April 12. However, South London is awash with at-home options to give everyone a break from the kitchen.
So, there is light at the end of the tunnel. On April 12, hospitality venues can open outdoors (and takeaway beers can be sold) with indoor operating by May 17. If all goes according to plan, social distancing will end by June 21.
Caribbean food is currently experiencing a renaissance. Given South London’s significant Caribbean community, the cuisine has long had a place in locals’ hearts but even here things are changing. To use modern parlance, we’re seeing a definite levelling up.
A few years back I had a job interview. Knowing that I would deserve a well-earned pint afterwards I thought about which pub I would visit and what I would order, and completely lost focus in the interview.
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