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Peckham Cellars… Bookings advised but walk-ins are most welcome

One of South London’s favourite neighbourhood restaurants Peckham Cellars has launched a weekend menu that’s hard to beat.

The Saturday Set Sharer is a lunchtime small plates special, available from noon to 3pm for £22 per person.

October’s menu includes sourdough with brown butter; cauliflower cheese croquetas, with aioli; falafel; pumpkin, goats curd, glazed onion; neck of lamb, with salsa verde or fennel and lemon risotto; not forgetting new potatoes bravas, with aioli.

While the weather decides if it really is autumn, make the most of the courtyard for some al fresco dining.

Booking is advised but Peckham Cellars is a casual sort of a place so walk-ins are most welcome.

Peckham Cellars is at 125 Queen’s Road, Peckham SE15 2ND


Picture: The Saturday Set Sharer at Peckham Cellars. Picture: Peckham Cellars

Although it feels as if children have only just returned to school after a long summer break, it’s half-term. Here are two ideas for short breaks for the whole family.

Cheltenham is just two and a half hours away by train from Paddington. The route is operated by GWR. It’s a regency town, that’s steeped in history.

Here’s a snippet of what I got up to in the newer area of town. For tickets, go to

I love independent hotels. More often than not, reality bites and I look to the bigger chains for a deal that’s more acceptable for my family’s budget.

It had been some years since I’d stayed at a Holiday Inn Express so I was looking forward to seeing what Cheltenham had in store.

The place looked brand new, though I’m assured it’s been open a while.

There was good news everywhere I ventured, beginning with the spotlessly clean corners of the room.

The hotel is managed by charming staff, who went above and beyond to welcome me, and all the facilities necessary for a city break.

Family Room with Desk

I loved the huge map of the local area on the wall, which did the orientation trick.

Rooms are spacious and comfortable, and the décor fresh.

The breakfast buffet is a sight to behold, with everything laid out beautifully and spaciously, avoiding the bun fight that is usually the case at many hotels.

The hotel is located very close to The Brewery Quarter, which meets the feeding and watering needs of most discerning diners.

The bar area is open 24 hours so there’s no need to do a midnight flit to the local supermarket to ensure refreshments and snacks are stocked in the room.



Main Picture: Cheltenham Reception Seating Area. Picture credit: Holiday Inn Express

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