Nudge Reader, meet South London’s best restaurants.
South London’s best restaurants, meet Nudge Reader.
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MASTERFUL MODERN BRITISH FROM EX FAT DUCK HEAD CHEF: TRIVET
After twelve years at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, chef Jonny Lake has opened his first solo restaurant, serving seriously delicious Modern British food in a not so serious setting.
Details: 36 Snowsfields, Southwark, SE1 3SU | ££££
FRESH, HAND-MADE PASTA THAT WON’T BREAK THE BANK: PADELLA
Home-made pasta never tasted so good… Though to be fair, a home could never compete with this slick, art-deco-styled pasta-house brimming with a possé of young, highly skilled pasta chefs.
Details: 6 Southwark St, London SE1 1TQ | ££
A LIVELY TAQUERIA IN BOROUGH: EL PASTOR
A mezcaleria, a tortilla-making machine and a chocolate dessert taco. Everyone else can queue for Barrafina, we’ll save you a seat at the real best restaurant from the Hart brothers.
(If you like Mexican food Taco Queen is also excellent.)
Details: 7a Stoney Street, SE1 9AA | ££
FAULTLESS FOOD AND INTERESTING WINES: LEVAN
Just like its equally brilliant (and much missed) Brixton-based sibling Salon, Levan offers up seasonal, sustainable small plates, alongside a carefully-curated menu of natural wines.
Details: 3-4, 12-16 Blenheim Grove, Peckham, South London, SE15 4QL | ££
A CHIC SOUTH-AFRICAN DATE SPOT IN PECKHAM: KUDU
Taking someone to this stylish South African eatery could earn you some serious kudu-s. Expect artfully distressed surroundings, classic cocktails, and foraged ingredients cooked up by a former Paradise Garage chef.
(Double brownie points go to those who book Smokey Kudu – a nearby cocktail bar set up by the same team – for before or after.)
Details: 119 Queens Road, SE15 2EZ | £££
A LAID-BACK, LEAFY RETREAT: THE GARDEN CAFÉ
Not just your common or garden café. Tacked onto the recently opened Garden Museum, it’s a sleek Modern European spot housed in a stunning glass extension to the church, complete with gravestone flooring.
Details: The Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, SE1 7LB | £££
A SKY-HIGH WINE BAR WITH INCREDIBLE VIEWS: FORZA WINE
If you’re looking to make an impression, head to Forza Wine. Ideally around/after sunset. Here you can feast on Italian small plates, and swill large glasses of the finest Italian grapes, all to a backdrop of London, lit-up like stars.
(Seabird also have some pretty spectacular views if that’s what you’re looking for.)
Details: 5th Floor, The Market, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST | ££
SOUTH LONDON’S BEST SUNDAY ROAST: THE CAMBERWELL ARMS
It’s South London’s answer to The Marksman – a handsome gastropub, serving outstanding food. Their Sunday lunch is legendary.
Details: 65 Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell, SE5 8TR | £££
NATURAL WINES AND FLAWLESS FOOD IN A CONVERTED RAILWAY ARCH: 40 MALTBY STREET
“We sell wines produced by a handful of wine-makers who eschew the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides in favour of letting the land and the grape speak.” – 40 Maltby St. The grape spoke; it wanted to let you know that it tastes good. And that they also serve seasonal modern-European food, of course.
Details: 40 Maltby St, London SE1 3PA | ££
AN UNDERSTATED NEIGHBOURHOOD ITALIAN: ARTUSI
Tucked away along Peckham’s Picturesque Bellenden Road, Artusi serves simple and considered Mediterranean cuisine, in a laid-back, Scandi-esque setting.
Details: 161 Bellenden Road, Peckham, SE15 4DH | ££££
BRUNCH AT ITS BEST: MILK
Vouched for by the queues. It’s a fuss-free South London eatery, serving up everything from caramel-topped buckwheat pancakes, to scrambled eggs with smoked caviar
Details: 18-20 Bedford Hill, Balham, SW12 9RG | ££
Last updated: 11th of January 2021 | Main image: Kudu
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