The Trinity Arms is one of Brixton’s best kept secrets, loved for its reluctance to join in the gentrification game, but it was only a question of time… The Young’s pub has just undergone a refurbishment and, we hate to say it, but it looks great. It’s well worth a gander for patrons old and new
The Trinity Arms is just a five-minute walk from Brixton tube station in the wonderously calm, quiet, secluded corner of Trinity Gardens. First founded in 1850, the traditional British pub has remained a hub for the community around it, from Victorian domestic workers to those who have lived nearby and the newer breed of trendy Brixton locals in the know. And now it’s had a makeover.
Ready just in time for the cold to settle in, The Trinity Arm’s interior is the perfect mix of old and new. Pull up a stool at the original semi-circular dark wood bar and admire the brushed gold shelving that plays host to an array of heady spirits.
Modern hanging chain lights with globe bulb fixtures contrast with quaint trinket cupboards, sash windows embossed with rams and photos of royalty (every proper pub worth its salt has the obligatory photo of the Queen behind the bar).
There’s even a little snug, perfect for intimidate evenings out, and the semi-covered fabulous garden – one of Brixton’s best kept secrets – has had a revamp to make the most of the large open fire pit, rocking chairs and cushioned, covered benches below the leafy trellises.
The modern dining room serves up the likes of braised shin of beef and bone marrow pie, with buttered peas and courgettes, steak and chips and even a chocolate pot with zingy lemon curd. Upstairs there’s now a burger shack. Follow the illuminated sign and cool hints of graffiti from local artist, Kirsty Jones, to indulge in some juicy patties, squidgy buns and chin-dribbling sauces. Try The Streaky – a prime British beef patty with ale onions, oozing cheese, maple cured bacon, shredded lettuce, pickles, ketchup and mayo served with plenty of curly fries.
45 Trinity Gardens, Brixton SW9 8DR; trinityarms.co.uk