Pop Brixton – the roof is on for the winter

POP BRIXTON: Raising the Roof

The annual roof raising bash. Photo: PR
To mark the seasonal shrug that it can’t be all cocktails in an open-top container bar all year round, the sybaritic folks at Pop Brixton are digging out their roof and, naturally, having a big ol’ bash to mark the occasion this Friday (20th).

Soukous purveyors Kasai Masai and Manu & Ando will be playing throughout the evening, filling the soon-to-be toasty, winter-torch-lit venue with traditional African sounds, funk and tropical beats.

Expect the usual booze and grub offerings from the likes of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen and Donostia Social Club, this time, devoured under the beam of an indoor heater instead of those long-gone rays of summer sun. Free, Fri 20th Oct, 7pm-midnight, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9. More here.

SALON: Brixton Market revamp

Still the highlight, Nicholas’ cooking. Photo: PR
And in more SW9 news, last month, Nicholas Balfe, the founder/head chef at Salon, unveiled his refurb of the Brixton Market culinary hub.

The upstairs dining room has been slathered in marine blue and lined with banquette seating and timber, while below, Nicholas has added a brand new bar set with concertina windows opening out onto the market floor.

As before, the star of the show will be the food – heavily infused with local produce – think, whole baked aubergine with smoked almond cream, preserved blackberries and rainbow chard for mains, followed by fig leaf ice cream with blueberries and damson syrup for afters.

Meanwhile, the bar snacks and sharing plates menu sees nduja croquettes with aioli and slow-roasted rabbit ragu. Ideal to pair with a glass (or few) of vino from the extensive wine list courtesy of the nascent, neighbouring Salon Wine Store. 18 Market Row, SW9, more here.

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