Lately I’ve been trying to get to know my local area a bit more, and I’ve already made a mental tick list of SO many places I’d love to visit both in Brixton and in other areas close to me and it’s possible that said list is already getting a bit too long. And now, after exploring Lordship Lane in East Dulwich last weekend, I have added about gazillion new places to it… Whoops!
East Dulwich is an affluent area which you can very clearly see when you walk down Lordship Lane: it’s full of gastropubs, organic shops and even the charity shops are nicer than usual – the Shelter in Lordship Lane is no ordinary charity shop, but a boutique charity shop! Even though it’s very posh here, it still feels very welcoming and almost like a little village. You would never know you were in zone 2 of London!
So, let’s have a little look of all the lovely places I’ve added to my list after visiting!
Spinach – A small independent restaurant serving food from brunch to dinner, with a menu focusing on vegetables as the main acts. I’m already in love with their brunch menu which features things such as refried bean baleadas and brioche French toast with plums. A lot of their produce are sourced from local places – for example, their toast comes from nearby Brickhouse Bakery!
The East Dulwich Tavern – Modern British pub with a lovely food menu (think dishes like halloumi fries, black bean burgers and veggies sausages). They serve lots of local craft beer from breweries across London, and have even been featured in Camra’s Good Beer Guide of 2018! The East Dulwich Tavern (or, The EDT as it’s known to locals!) has a quirky vintage decor and a lovely outside space, too – the people who get to call it their local are very lucky indeed!
The Palmerston – A gastropub with mentions in both the Michelin Guide and the Zagat guide, serving seasonal dishes with lots of vegetarian options. The prices are a bit steeper than your usual pub, but then with these credentials, it is to be expected. For vegetarians, there are dishes such as potato gnocchi (YUM!), mushroom polenta and roasted vegetable and a quinoa salad. Pretty fancy stuff, but the food and the place look amazing for a more special occasion!
Yamamomo – A contemporary Japanese restaurant and bar with a divine sounding menu! The menu combines modern European tapas style dishes with traditional Japanese dishes, and you can expect things such as tempura, sushi rolls and truffle tofu. The decor here is contemporary and the cocktail list is designed with modern and Japanese influences in mind by London’s leading mixologists. Yes please!
Charity shops – Dulwich, especially Lordship Lane, is great for charity shops! There’s Mary’s Living and Giving Shop, St Christopher’s Hospice and Shelter’s boutique charity shop which specialises in higher-end fashion, jewellery and accessories. The charity shops here feel like such a step up from other areas – clothes are organised by colour and you can tell how much effort has been put into choosing the right pieces.
Food shopping – Ahh, there are so many specialist food shops on Lordship Lane! There’s Bottle Cave (previously called Bossman Wines) for all the craft beer and wine lovers out there, Cheese Block for cheese enthusiasts (apparently they’re happy to offer lots of samples – yay!) and Organic Village Market for pretty much any yummy and fresh things you could hope to get your hands on.
East Dulwich Picture House – The Lordship Lane branch of the small Picturehouse Cinema chain is located in a beautiful old building and has a little cafe selling food and sweet treats made out of local and seasonal ingredients. There’s also a rooftop terrace which could be a pretty great place for post-movie speculation drinks!
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