Brixton’s restaurants, cafes and bars are clubbing together this week to showcase what they can do. Take advantage of freebies and special offers to check out new places.
Each day has a theme (more or less; it gets a bit shaky by Friday).
Monday is about coffee and cakes all day. Get a £1 small coffee or Chai Latte in spice, vanilla or apple from Vera Cruz, a free tea with a cupcake at Ms Cupcake and discounted chilli jam scrambled eggs at Rosie’s Deli Cafe.
It’s Caribbean Tuesday. Take a Food Fest flyer to Bickles to try complimentary tasters with your ackee, saltfish and jerk chicken. Get two curries for a tenner at Bamboula plus offers on Red Stripe, and Etta’s Seafood Kitchen has its rundown curry priced at £6.
Wednesday is the new Thursday and Brixton’s all about cocktails. Six local bars are discounting cocktails and bar food. Just remember you have work the next day…
…Or you can always soak up the remains of a hangover with burger and pizza Thursday. Dogstar has a one-off pizza menu and they’re all BOGOF. Try a mouthwatering sounding Brixtonian Burger at Bukowski: jerk chicken burger with smoked scotch bonnet mayonnaise topped with mango salsa in a toasted brioche bun. White Horse is doing burger and a beer for £10 and Duckegg has a special burger with home-made fries and courgette fritters.
Friday is Come Dine in Brixton (we said this is where the theme got shaky). Rosie’s Deli Cafe, Veranda, Etta’s Seafood Kitchen, Lounge and The Courtesan have all either got special food or prices.
On Saturday, a huge food market runs from 10am to 5pm on Brixton Station Road with stalls from local Brixton businesses and a few mobile vendors, like Shebeen Queen’s South African food and Rare Str’eat from Borough Market.
Those narked by Brixton’s increasing gentrification may not be thrilled by this idea, and some of the discounts may not be that far off normal prices, but at least it’s primarily promoting local businesses rather than importing hip street food vendors from across the capital. For more details on what’s happening each day, see the Brixton Food Fest website.