South of the river gastronomes, you are in for some treats this weekend. Oh yes. Check out some of our favourite foodie highlights happening over the next few days…
Stockwell: South Lambeth Market
Yes, the monthly sale is back this Saturday – and excitingly their hot food stall this time around will be Vauxhall’s outstanding “secret” family-run Indian takeaway and restaurant, Hot Stuff. Never been? If you like your Indian spices you are really missing a London curry landmark – so get down and enjoy some of their street food snacks – including: “Mini samosas smothered with a dry chick pea masala, served with cold yoghurt, chopped onions, Indian crisps, tamarind or chilli sauce.” Mmm. The market is also stuffed with many more attractions besides – there are fresh cakes and bread, veg patch plants and non-edibles including Suzy Wrong T-shirts, hand-made jewellery and local art from a team of residents from nearby Hartington Road. Might see you there. South Lambeth Market is this Saturday 10am – 4pm at The Cavendish Arms, 128 Hartington Road London SW8. Tel: 020 7498 7464
Clapham Common: The
On a much larger scale, this mega touring event hits Clapham Common from tomorrow until Sunday. It’s all a bit corporate but, hell, if you like eating, can cope with Clapham Common full of people, and want to theme an entire day (or three days) around good nosh, why not? There are pop-up versions of Jamie Oliver’s new bbq steak eatery, Barbecoa and Randall & Aubin, plus demos from serious fine dining establishments including Petrus and Le Caprice as well as London stalwarts, Daphne’s and the Rivington Grill – plus wine expertise from Oz Clarke and also that lovely Shelina Permalloo who won Masterchef 2012. Jun 7, 8 & 9; tickets from £15 for one-day entry. Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, SW4
Brixton: Arabian Supper Club
This event is on the SW2 side of Brixton and promises “succulent dishes from varied Arabian cultures accompanied by innovative cocktails that complement the many rich and diverse flavours”. Dining will be in the garden at a long, sociable table and they promise a “festival feeling”. Just bring yourselves “a smile on your face and a bottle” say the four hostesses behind the night. Profits go to charity (the Aire Foundation for human rights) and it’s all supported by several organisations against food waste, including the marvellous Brixton People’s Kitchen (whose recent Why It Matters piece was very popular with you lot). Tickets are £27.50 per person. Go to Grub Club for info.
Various South London locations: Renaissance Pubs do ‘Gin in June’
Kennington’s Tommyfield and the Rosendale in Dulwich are part of the boutique Renaissance pub group (see the full list below). And this year it’s their 10th anniversary. We’ve already featured their staggeringly marvellous – and still running – competition to win yourself free food for 10 years. Now they’re hitting the gin. Or, rather, inviting you to – because for the whole of June they are showing off their new gin cocktail range (we fancy the English Rose – gin, freshly squeezed pomegranate, thyme & rosemary sugar syrup, lime & lemon juice). They’re also doing a special G&T offer (four G&Ts for £10 5pm-7pm every day) and serving up dishes such as gin-cured sea trout, and Gin Knickerbocker Glory, all using the locally distilled TEN London Gin, which comes from Clapham. The pubs are: The Avalon, 16 Balham Hill, SW12; The Stonhouse, 165 Stonhouse Street, SW4; The Abbeville, 69 Abbeville Road, SW4; The Bolingbroke, 174 Northcote Road, SW11; The Tommyfield, 185 Kennington Lane, SE11; The Rosendale, 65 Rosendale Road, West Dulwich.