Each week we will introduce you to the things that have blown our small little minds – and hope to give you some inspiration to plan the coming weekend.
The Crooked Well
A Camberwell establishment that we have always detoured past on our way to The Camberwell Arms. Well didn’t this dark horse impress this week with it’s live music and Sunday roast dinner. The food on the other tables looked amazing too (a couple of fish and meat pies to share had the regulars attention – and out next time too). Beers are interesting and I suggest in the winter months to try out the Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black if you get the chance. Bonus is they are open on Christmas Eve-ning too is you were struggling to find somewhere like we were.
Contact: The Crooked Well – 16 Grove Ln, London SE5 8SY. Ph. Website.
This new bar and eatery on Exmouth market just opened it’s doors yesterday as the market goes through another phase of change with Dirty Burger and Pizza Pilgrims moving in recently. The cocktails were on point and the food we tried was very decent as well. It’s 80’s inspired but in no way naff in the decor stakes. Expect to see chicken Kievs, spag bold croquettes, prawn cocktail vol-au-vents, cheese and pineapple sticks , sodastream cocktails, 70s vibes & Vintage Pinball done better than you had in your childhood.
Contact: Coin Laundry – 70 Exmouth Market London EC1R 4QP.
New to the far end of Maltby Street Market – Hive Beer has set up a stall just next door to Jensen’s Gin. It’s here you can try their unique honey beers while you check out the honey stallholder who provides for the beer that gets made next door in Jensens. River Beer brews its blonde-style beer in the UK using honey from urban hives in London as well as English blossom honey and heather honey from Yorkshire. They have also teamed up with a charcuterie supplier and a wine stockist startup to cut down on rental costs. The startup looks very on the money with just two different wines featured and a mulled wine spirit that seemed to have everyone in good spirits.
Contact: Hiver Beer – 55 Stanworth Street, London SE1 3NY. Website.
Jensen’s Gin Bottled Cocktails
No it’s not their version of Bacardi Breezers – this is adult cocktails which seems to be the way that London is going at the moment with the Mr Lyan handcrafted cocktails taking over the worldwide drink awards recently. Jensen’s Gin have just released their Negroni, Gimlet, Martini and Martinez just in time for Christmas (the easiest Christmas stocking gift in the world). And for just £10 a bottle – it perfect enough to snaffle from on the bus/tube ride home.
Contact: Jensen’s Gin Bermondsey Distillery – 55 Stanworth Street, London SE1 3NY. Website.
Little Bird Gin HQ
Set up at the start of the winter months, Little Bird Gin thought they might have jumped the gun and should have waited until summer. But as they do in London, the masses will eventually find you. I dropped in on Little Bird HQ bar this week to check out the space. Housed in a pair of railway arches in Peckham just down from Story Bar, you will find some great cocktails to sample plus hot dogs to tide you over.
Contact: Full details here.