Snapshot of Northcote Road

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This not-so-humble road, a stone’s throw from Clapham Junction station and Battersea territory, has an exhaustive list of shops, restaurants and cafes so for now we’ve built a small snapshot.

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Sure, there’s the high street chains – Oliver Bonas, Phase Eight, Whistles, Bill’s, Byron, Franco Manca, Nando’s, and so on –  but we can’t forget the local independent gems too.

Pictures for sale on their Saturday street market

Pictures for sale on their Saturday street market

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Inside Hutton's on Northcote Road

Inside Hutton’s on Northcote Road

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Many of the gift shops are admittedly hard to tell apart, as a lot of them sell pretty much the same stuff, but as ever the key is in the little quirks. In Hutton’s they post a daily horoscope on the counter (when they can remember to – the cashier admitted it’s easy to forget on a busy day) and their gift bags have recipes printed on them.

Flip the bag over for the recipe - cute!

Flip the bag over for the recipe – cute!

Outside Hamish Johnston

Outside Hamish Johnston

We’re building a little hit list of places to eat, drink and shop (oh hello Hamish Johnston, you look like a cheese haven), but let us know if there’s anywhere in particular that deserves a shout out.

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Review: Sunday lunch at Pedler, Peckham Rye

Food for thought at Pedler, Peckham Rye

Food for thought at Pedler, Peckham Rye

Down the road from the hustle and bustle of Peckham Rye’s high street lies Pedler, new to 2015 and a pretty addition to the area. Decor wise, think modern-meets-shabby chic: a turquoise wooden bar decked out with vintage crockery, exposed brick walls flanked with glass cabinets, and all the while music is pumping and the food and drinks are in full flow.

The bar at Pedler

The bar at Pedler

We went for Sunday lunch. The menu is minimal and a little at odds with each other. The starters are quite fancy – think broccoli with a pomegranate yoghurt dressing, scallops etc – but the mains are pretty standard Sunday roast fare.

Broccoli with pomegranate yoghurt dressing

Broccoli with pomegranate yoghurt dressing

Scallops to start at Pedler

Scallops to start at Pedler

Alongside a couple of brunch offerings they had Dr Pepper glazed ham, beef with a sugar rub and an orange glazed chicken to share. However their menu is always changing so it’s worth keeping an eye on what they’ve got to offer each month.

Roast for two at Pedler

Roast for two at Pedler

We opted for the beef and ham, and the meat was served in generous sharing bowls with roasties, veggies and enormous Yorkshire puds. Arguably more grub than you’d normally fit onto a typical plate serving. Impressive for our greedy appetites.

A close up of the generous cuts of meat

A close up of the generous cuts of meat

Their cocktail menu is their piece de resistance in terms of booze, with gin being their main spirit, but they have a good wine list for those otherwise inclined.

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Fit to burst, we could only manage to share one dessert – the chocolate brownie sundae.  We’ll let the picture do the talking for this one.

Chocolate brownie sundae. Nom.

Chocolate brownie sundae. Nom.

Two starters, two mains, one dessert and three drinks came to £65 without service charge. It fixed our Sunday cravings, that’s for sure.

Pedler, 58 Peckham Rye, SE15 4JR

The Hamlet, Streatham High Road

A one minute walk from Streatham Hill station, we learnt a few facts upon entering The Hamlet; Streatham means the hamlet on the street, or ‘street ham’, hence the namesake of the town and bar. We visited over the Jubilee weekend and it was deserted. Yes, we chose bar dwelling over standing on Southbank in the drizzle to greet our Queen.

We stayed for lunch. A few thoughts on our experience:

*The service was wonderful. We were greeted by the owner, Elsa, who recognised us as new to the area (was it that obvious?). She asked our names and remembered them throughout our visit. Service may well be different when the place is packed to the rafters but we felt welcome and appreciated.

*The decor is quaint. Printed wallpaper on the ceiling, antique lampshades, squashy leather sofas. A very cosy setting for a leisurely drink – we felt right at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*The drink selection is very spirits-based. If you like your cocktails you’re in for a treat. Ditto wine. The prices are competitive, but of course you can always take advantage of happy hour. Our daytime visit meant we stuck to draft beer, of which the range was limited. But it’s a bar, and the drinks selection reflects that.

*We ordered roast beef, plus sausages and mash. The roast came with courgettes as a side veg – a very odd addition (we’re a big carrot/pea/parsnip with our roast, though). The meat was thinly sliced and the meal was ‘ok’, but like beer, certainly not their strength. The sausages were plump and tasty (gristle-free) but the mash was a little salty. For the price we paid (around £10 per meal) it was a little disappointing. We haven’t tried their dinner menu, so we can’t comment on that – it could arguably be a lot tastier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We won’t be put off, though. We can tell The Hamlet has its strengths – it prides itself on its DJ and other social entertainment, so we’ll be back soon for a stiff cocktail and a mixed sharing platter to feast over.