OpenTable insider’s guide to: Brixton

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Over the past few years, Brixton has made a name for itself as a foodie mecca. It still retains much of its edge and unpolished charm, but now you’ll find some of London’s best international eats amongst its takeaways and market stalls. If you’re heading to a gig at the Academy or just fancy a Brixton Village food crawl, here are some of our favourite places to eat and drink in SW9.

Pre-dinner drinks – Brixton locals are spoilt for choice when it comes to decent watering holes. For beers, try The Duke of Edinburgh, The White Horse, and the Craft Beer Co. If cocktails are more your thing, join the discerning drinkers at Seven, Three Eight Four and Shrub & Shutter.

Date night destinations – Impress someone special with contemporary British cooking at Salon or tapas and a bottle of red at Boqueria. For something a little different, try Gremio – a Spanish restaurant in the candlelit crypt beneath St Matthew’s Church.

Eastern flavours – We love Kaosarn’s authentic Thai food and the Beijing dumplings at Mama Lan, but when we can’t face the queues we head for pan-Asian bar-restaurant Satay or Courtesan cocktail and dim sum parlour.

Photo Credit: Miss Immy's London blog.

Photo Credit: Miss Immy’s London blog.

Boys’ night out – Head down the spice route at Curry Paradise and Elephant, or seek out dude food destinations like CHICKENliquor, Honest Burgers and The Joint.

Cheap eats – Eating out in Brixton is generally pretty affordable – you can eat very well for £20 a head or less in neighbourhood favourites like Casa Sibilla, Franco Manca, Carioca and Negril. Another wallet-friendly gem is Market House, a bar and music venue that invites street foodies and guest chefs to take over their kitchen. Original Fry-Up Material are currently in residence serving seriously good burgers, salt beef hash, mackerel pâté and more.

Have we missed anywhere? Let us know in the comments!

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Where to eat fried chicken in London

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When you’re craving comfort food, sometimes only the finest fried chicken will do. Forget the greasy takeaway stuff, we’re talking about free range birds with properly crispy skin and tender, tasty meat. Tempted? Here are some of the best places to eat fried chicken in London.

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Joe’s Southern Kitchen, Covent Garden – Joe’s chicken is marinated in buttermilk for 24 hours and then fried in a pressure fryer to keep it moist with healthier crispy skin. Try it with whipped potatoes and chicken gravy or with fries, BBQ beans and a drink for a tenner on weekday lunchtimes.

Q Grill, Camden – Hungry in Camden? Satisfy your fried chicken cravings at this buzzy smokehouse opposite the Stables Market. It’s perfect paired with a pint of Camden Hell’s and if you’re really hungry, some zingy sea bass ceviche and a bag of their spicy wings.

The Lockhart, Marylebone – Bringing the flavours of the deep South to the West End, Mississippi-born chef Brad McDonald serves classics like shrimp ‘n’ grits and catfish gumbo. As you’d expect, his fried chicken is first class, served with collard greens and friggitelli peppers.

Rita’s, Hackney – After a five year stint in NYC and a residency in Dalston, chef Gabriel Pryce found a permanent home for Rita’s in Hackney. We like to visit later in the week for cocktails in their basement bar, Night Elm, before heading upstairs for goat tacos and flawless fried chicken.

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Foxlow, Clerkenwell – If you can resist their famous slow-smoked ribs, Foxlow also does some seriously good fried chicken. You can order it straight up with habanero vinegar or as a sandwich with fresh green slaw. Just be sure to save room for one of their soft serve sundaes!

Honorable mentionsCHICKENLiquor (formerly Wishbone) in Brixton for tangy Thai thighs; Jubo in Shoreditch for delicious Korean fried chicken; MEATmission’s dirty chicken burger and spicy ‘monkey fingers’; and Bird on Kingsland Road for chicken with waffles and maple syrup.

On the move – Track down street food stars Spit & Roast at various food markets across London. We also like Mother Clucker who are in residence at The Stillery in Camden this winter.

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Welcome to the family! – New restaurants on OpenTable

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Give your old favourites a break this month and check out some of these OpenTable newcomers, from hot new openings in London to local favourites in Leeds, Brighton and beyond.

Sea Containers at the Mondrian London Hotel.

Sea Containers at the Mondrian London Hotel.

Sea Containers – Now open at the Mondrian Hotel, this riverside bar and brasserie is overseen by New York chef Seamus Mullen (of Tertulia fame). Try shareable, Mediterranean-style dishes like charred aubergine with mint labneh, roast sea bass with citrus and salsa verde, and smoked corn fed chicken.

Spring – Skye Gyngell (ex-Petersham Nurseries) has opened her first solo venture at Somerset House on the Strand. Expect ‘wholesome, produce driven’ dishes like slow-cooked pork shoulder with girolles, spice rubbed quail, and scallops with salsify, beurre blanc and borage flowers.

Fera at Claridge’s – Try Simon Rogan’s creative take on British cuisine at his Mayfair restaurant. Book before the end of the year and enjoy our exclusive offer of 3 courses and Champagne for just £35.

The Fish & Chip Shop City – Following the success of his Islington restaurant, Des McDonald has opened a City restaurant serving first class fish and chips, oysters, shrimp burgers and more.

Hubbard & Bell – At the new Hoxton Hotel in Holborn, this slick bar-restaurant serves an American-inspired all-day menu, hearty weekend brunch dishes, and proper Sunday roasts. Read More…

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Where to eat near… the Roman Baths

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This month, we’re exploring the city of Bath - home to the Thermae Bath Spa, some stunning Georgian architecture, and the best preserved Roman baths in the world. If you’re planning a trip to explore the ruins, here are ten of the best places to eat while you’re there.

Green Park Brasserie - British dishes and live music in a former train station booking hall.
The Chequers - Expect a warm welcome and ambitious cooking at this handsome gastropub.
Aio Restaurant – This award-winning Sardinian restaurant is a must for seafood and pasta fans.
GPT Smokehouse – This former pub now serves slow smoked ribs, burgers, spicy wings and more.
The Marlborough Tavern – One of Bath’s finest gastropubs. A great choice for Sunday lunch.
The Bath Priory – A fine dining destination that’s ideal for special occasions and afternoon tea.
Yammo! - The place to go for Neapolitan street food, pizza, cocktails and proper Italian gelato.
– Ponte Vecchio – Locals love the stone-baked pizzas and alfresco terrace at this riverside Italian.
– Blunos – Visit celeb chef Martin Blunos’ restaurant for fantastic fresh fish and seafood.
Restaurant Eleven – A popular spot for brunch, lunch and dinner near the Royal Crescent. Read More…

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Eat your way around SW9 with Brixton Flavours!

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We’re thrilled to be sponsoring a new food festival launching in Brixton on Sunday 26th October. For one day only, Brixton Flavours lets you eat your way around over 20 Brixton restaurants and pop-ups, trying secret off-menu dishes and enjoying special discounts along the way. Tickets cost £15 which includes loads of free samples and 15 Brixton pounds to spend in any of the participating venues.

The festival runs from 11am to 7.30pm in and around Brixton Village and Market Row. If you’re not familiar with these foodie hangouts, this is a great chance to try local favourites like Market House, Brindisa Food Rooms, Etta’s Seafood Kitchen, and Fish, Wings & Tings. Eat your way around the world with Mexican dishes at Casa Morita, Malaysian street food at Satay Cocktail Bar & Restaurant, dim sum at Courtesan, and authentic Brazilian bites at Carioca.

Book your tickets now and get 10% off with our exclusive code – Brixton123. (Note: 80% of the revenue goes back into the community and participating eateries.)

Live locally or want to explore the area? Check out these great restaurants in Brixton.

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Going sober for October? Try some of London’s best booze-free beverages

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This October, sign up to be a sober hero and the money you raise will help Macmillan support people with cancer. Just imagine how good you’ll feel after 31 days without a hangover! At the end of the month you’ll have more cash, better skin and tons more energy, but don’t languish indoors until then – hit the town and sample one of these must-try mocktails.

Drinks at Carom, Soho.

Drinks at Carom, Soho.

Dishoom – If you need to cool off after their curries, try a Virgin Bombay Colada – a pineapple and coconut cream concoction with a Bombay twist: a hint of coriander, chai syrup and lime juice.

Lanes of London – The menu at Lanes takes its inspiration from all over the world so skip wine and get a Vietnamito – pineapple juice, kaffir and lemongrass syrup, lime juice, ginger ale and Thai basil.

Carom – Perfect for a low-key lunch in Soho, try Carom’s modern Indian dishes with a Ginger Rose – a refreshing blend of apple juice, fresh ginger and rose syrup topped with ginger ale.

Skylon – Bag yourself a window seat at this Southbank favourite and enjoy the views with a Berry Blast – fresh berries shaken with cranberry and pomegranate juice, served long over ice.

Mark’s Bar at Hix Soho – For a night out in Soho that you can actually remember, slip down the stairs at Hix and order a Lost Valentino – lemon sherbet, chilled green tea, mint, orange and nutmeg.

Cocochan – Head to Marylebone for delicious dim sum, pan-Asian small plates and a Miss V Cocochan – raspberries, lychee and cranberry juice, topped with lemonade.

The Riding House Café – This all-day brasserie serves wonderful juices and smoothes until 4pm. After that, try a virtuous Fitzrovia Breeze – kiwi, cucumber, elderflower cordial and apple juice.

Hawksmoor Guildhall – Wash down a meaty breakfast with their legendary cornflake milkshake.

Good luck to everyone going sober this month!

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