Winterville is a new Christmas fair and food destination in Clapham Common park in South West London. It moved to this side of the river this year, which personally made me very happy, as I don’t live too far away from Clapham at all. Most of the time all these food markets and other cool events seem to be happening in East London, so it was really nice to get something like this a bit closer to home too!
We went to Winterville on a rainy Sunday, and, due to the grey weather, it was pretty quiet, too. It was nice not to have to battle the crowds, but I don’t think I would recommend going on a rainy day – as nice as it was to hide out in the cosy tents drinking mulled wine, there wasn’t much desire from any of us to explore the outside bits. It didn’t feel very winter-y at all either (although, saying that, maybe this is what English winter is like..!).
Aside from our bad luck with the weather, Winterville is a really fun place to visit and I would definitely go again, just maybe without the rain… I especially loved the food offering: Winterville is part of the Street Feast collective that have other amazing street food destinations around London too, such as the amazing Dinerama in Shoreditch and Hawker House in Canary Wharf.
There’s two food hubs: one bigger one on two floors and inside a big “tent” built from shipping containers and one smaller one on the outside (but still covered up and heated). We opted for the former as they had more choice and more seating too (very important).
I decided to try something new and opted for a Venezuelan stall called Petare that specialises in arepas, which are a Venezuelan specialty: soft and crunchy corn breads filled with all sorts of different fillings. I had the vegan version which had cassava chips, plantain, avocado, vegan feta and a vegan mayo in it and it was GLORIOUS. I’m currently trying to find out where else in London I can find these things, so if you know a place, please let me know too!
A margherita pizza from Born and Raised who literally bake their pizzas at the back of their truck! And it tastes fan-tas-tic!
Another amazing dish from Petare – fried sweet plantain with a spicy avocado and coriander sauce and crumbled feta on top. SO. GOOD! And SO spicy, too..!
As the sun started to go down, and the rain finally stopped, Winterville became a lot more atmospheric. The neon signs and all the lights all around the park came to life and all in all everything just felt a lot more winter-y and festive. I’d love to come here again to
eat more arepas try out a few of the rides and maybe go ice skating – it looked like it could be a lot of fun when the weather is slightly better! I’d also love to go to the ferris wheel – we skipped it this time as we were all really cold from the rain and it was a bit too expensive (£5 for an adult), but on a nice, clear, day, I think the views could be pretty great!
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