Streatham High Road isn’t one of the most visually appealing high streets in the world, but in the past couple of years a lot of money has been thrown at it.
Pawn shops and betting shops dominate the route but there are some more independent places popping up – The Indigo Tree is one of them.
It’s quite similar to a typical Oliver Bonas in what it has to offer; soft furnishings, accessories, small gifts and cards are in abundance. It sells itself as a gift shop and it certainly fits the bill.
You could easily find a gift for the hardest to please family member, and we reckon come Christmas time it’ll be a treasure trove for secret Santa pressies.
It’s not the cheapest for items, with cards averaging at £2.99, and the smallest trinkets coming in at around £5. However it’s very reasonable for what it is; a family run shop on a busy high street that could well be just another newsagent or mini mart. Expect to pay the same as you would at somewhere like Not On The High Street, only without the P&P of course.
We picked up this cute quotable fridge magnet for £5.95.
It’s not just gifts and homewares The Indigo Tree has to offer either. They run regular skills workshops, from crafts to flower arranging. They also have space for pop-up stalls so keep your eyes peeled on their Facebook page for upcoming events.
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.