Fox Bar and Chickenshop

Address: Piano House, 9 Brighton Terrace, London SW9 8DJ

Telephone: 0203 859 1130

http://www.chickenshop.com/en/brixton

This is a review mainly about cocktails but it includes the food too. I have relied on my dinner companion and photographer to nudge my memory. I hadn’t seen this friend for a long time, so we decided to celebrate in the Fox Bar before eating. So, as we didn’t want to appear too eager we arrived at 5.10 (it opens at 5). We were the only customers but it was relaxed and the service was fantastic. We have covered here before (see here) so this is more of an update.

After ordering a couple of cocktails (Earl of Gimlet – Gin- Bergamot – Grapes), we were then offered free celebratory glass of Bollinger by one of the bar staff,  as it was his birthday present. Then we had another couple of rounds of cocktails (Reynold Reserve – Tequila – Islay Whisky – Apricot and also a Red Hook – Rye Whisky – Bitter – Maraschino).  We well and truly tested the drinks menu!  – all drinks were great, not too sweet and very aromatic.

Feeling peckish and not being able to make too many choices, we ventured only a few feet away to the restaurant, where surprisingly we were not the only one’s present. We each ordered a Dirty Burger (succulent deep fried chicken in a burger bun) and both of us were converted – deep fried chicken is a real winner. The meat was succulent, not too much sauce and anyway you could ask for more of the hot stuff. We both decided the bun was superfluous but the crunchy greens were really enjoyable and made us feel healthier.

My memory from thereon is more than hazy, we moved onto another of our favourite bars in Brixton (Three Eight Four), where our taste in cocktails diverged with my friend opting for a dry Gin Martini and I went for a classic Vesper.  The mixologist did us proud producing two very good classic cocktails, although by this time I’m not 100% sure either of us were in any fit state to call ourselves a connoisseur   I think two Vespers/Martinis contributed to  a staggering walk home and I have now downloaded the Drink Aware App and trying to stick to 14 units a week. A more purist lifestyle will also help with the credit card bill. The advice from two people who should have known better is, go to Chickenshop but a beer is all you will need for a good night out.

Best Restaurant in Brixton 2017 – Result

After a week of voting we can now officially announce that the winner of our ‘Best Restaurant in Brixton 2017‘ award goes to….Mamma Dough! Congratulations guys.

Check out out review of it here

It was a tough race, with Nanban and Donosita Social Club not far behind.

Here’s to one more year of the blog, and eating delicious food in our beloved Brixton

Top 5 – Best Restaurant in Brixton 2017

So after seven days of voting we have our final five! Congratulations  to Donostia Social Club, Khamsa, Mamma Dough, Nanban and Naughty Piglets!

We will be giving another week for you all to vote for your favourite so go ahead and share, tweet, Instagram, blog, snapchat, whatever….this to make sure your favourite gets the top prize!

Best Restaurant in Brixton 2017

It’s that time again. We are now 7 years old (7?! jeeez). The landscape of food in Brixton has changed since our early beginnings and now it is one of the ultimate foodie destinations in London.

As is tradition, we will be conducting our annual restaurant of the year award. Previous winners include, Donostia Social Club, Nanban and Boqueria – so will any of the newcomers beat them to the crown this year?

This is the long list of places to choose from. The vote will be open for a week, when we will take the top 5 into the shortlist vote. We have only included places we have reviewed, restaurants you can sit down at and none of the ‘bus ride away’ or the pop-ups. Apologies in advance if we have forgotten your fave.

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Milkwood – A Bus Ride/Stroll Away

214-216 Railton Rd, Herne Hill, London SE24 0JT

http://www.milkwoodhernehill.co.uk/

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With a much quieter pace of life than central Brixton, Herne Hill is slowly becoming a new hangout for us – whether it’s the pubs (Prince Regent, The Florence, The Half Moon), coffee hangouts (The Parlour), or even the farmers market on a Sunday. So be warned that you may be seeing more Herne Hill spots pop up on the blog.

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This is a brunch review so will be short and snappy. It was last Sunday, with the weather being in between glorious sunshine and torrential downpours so we took shelter in Milkwood, after a quick stroll around Brockwell Park. Originally going for ‘just a coffee’ we ended up with the full brunch works (with booooze!).

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Parco Caffe, Vauxhall Park

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Vauxhall Park, Fentiman Road,  London, SW8

http://www.vauxhallpark.org.uk/

Another weekend, another walk and yet another award winning park from Lambeth – with tennis courts, basketball court, model village, lavender garden, one o’clock club – and an Italian cafe that is open 7 days a week to six o’clock, except when the Park closes earlier in winter. Continue reading

Myatt’s Fields Park Cafe

Myatt’s Fields Park, Cormont Road, London SE5 9RA.

http://www.myattsfieldspark.info/

Hot days in June and July so a walk around the park with lunch is our choice of how to keep cool. A good choice is Myatt’s Fields – voted one of Britain’s top ten parks. For those who are more energetic there is a football pitch and a tennis court. This park will not provide much of your 10,000 steps a day unless you go round a couple of times but that just adds to its charm.

The cafe has tables and benches outside with sunshades, high chairs and when we were there a makeshift paddling pool. The menu is short – pizzas, panini, chips and some breakfast dishes. We chose two paninis – a veggie one with roast pepper and cheese and a caesar salad (salad, chicken with a rasher of bacon through the middle.

The panninis will be really hot when they arrive on your plate so be careful. They were both fine and value for money. We washed them down with homemade lemonade and a cucumber, mint and lemon smoothie. Both were really refreshing on what was a very hot day.

This is clearly a community resource as on the next table there was a makeshift party with a lovely pink and white cake for grownups. This is a great lunchtime destination for people watching and sitting in the shade.