A short bus ride away – The Rosendale

rosendale0165 Rosendale Road, West Dulwich, London SE21 8EZ

Tel: 020 8761 9008


We set off for our usual Christmas walk with friends and family on a fresh but beautiful sunny day. Our Christmas walks have not always such an enjoyable day out as this one, taking us through Brockwell Park and on to Dulwich before heading for West Norwood. But it is easy to catch a bus too. Continue reading

Hot Diggity Dog! at Market House


Address 443 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LN

Telephone: 020 7095 9443


Market House is a pub with attitude and a pop-up history. This is where in 2014 Tim Anderson, the Masterchef champion, started with a ‘pop-up’ before opening Nanban and in 2015 Mama’s Jerk, now of Pop Brixton, had a try-out. The current offering is hot dogs  from an outfit with the slightly cringe-worthy name. For previous reviews from Market House see here and here

We chose one of the really busy nights – Saturday – but even then we did get a table for the two of us around 7:30. The pub was packed with a mixed stag/hen group and when they left there was relative peace. But if you want to have a romantic conversation then try another night or another place. You order at the bar and in all the confusion we ended up with three meals instead of two – and two was enough. So make sure the barman reviews your order before you finally pay.

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Trinity Arms – Burger Shack

address: The Trinity Arms, 45 Trinity Gardens, Brixton, London, SW9 8DR

telephone: 020 7274 4544

email: trinityarms@youngs.co.uk

website: http://www.trinityarms.co.uk/

The refurbished Trinity Arms reopened in mid-August providing much more space in the bar, a little loss of character and something new upstairs , a Burger Shack. You might well question the need for another burger bar, particularly in Brixton where burger lovers are spoilt for choice, but it seems that this is something Young’s, the Brewery, are rolling out across their chain of pubs. You can still get other food in the bar, but upstairs it’s just the burgers. It seems a bit odd and it will be interesting to see how it works out. The key difference here is perhaps it has more of a restaurant like ambience, rather than the “fast food, eat your burger and get out”, feeling you get at the other places in Brixton.

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Crown and Anchor

Address: 246 Brixton Road, SW9 6AQ

Telephone: 0207 737  0060

Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: 4.30 – 12, Fri: 4.30 – 1, Sat: 12 – 1, Sun: 12 – 11

After having meant to visit this pub since it reopened many months ago we headed down on Thursday evening to finally check the place out. The reason it probably took a bit longer for us to pay a visit is mainly because of its location. About a 10 minute walk from Brixton station, if you are hungry and don’t fancy a walk you probably won’t make it down there as there are plenty of options much closer to (our) home. Located opposite the infamous ‘after party’ location for Brixton Academy gigs, Jamm, this isn’t a part of town that has experienced the surge in restaurants and bars that central Brixton has. That’s why it is quite nice to get out of the main hub. Located on the corner of Brixton road, just by the entrance to Slade Gardens, the Crown and Anchors front is a welcome and shiny addition to the run down and very empty shops that line that end of Brixton Road. The pub is long and thin with high ceilings with plenty of tables, although I don’t see where a big group could really sit together without some manoeuvring.

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Trinity Arms

Address: 45 Trinity Gardens, SW9 8DR

Telephone: 0207 274 4544


Situated in a hidden spot, right near the main hub of Brixton, a short walk from the tube station and surrounded by old Victorian Houses and a housing estate, the Trinity Arms has for many years been spoken of as a surprising delight in Brixton. With a good mix of locals, visitors and after work drinkers this is a Young’s pub that doesn’t pretend to be anything else than a good old fashioned local boozer. Although with a lick of paint and some new furniture last year made it seem slightly more ‘gastro pubby’ than many would prefer, it still retains the old charm that so many loved.

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