South East London foodies take note – these are the area’s six hottest food stories for December!
1 Street Feast at Hawker House
If you’re missing Lewisham Model Market, rejoice in the opening of Hawker House, Street Feast’s new indoor market. Taking over a huge warehouse in Canada Water, Hawker House is open every Friday and Saturday evening (5pm-midnight) until 19 December, reopening after Christmas on 29 January. The two-level night market hosts 13 street food traders – debuting Meat Hook, an Argentine-style, three-meter-long, whole-animal grill – six bars and a DJ. Entry is free before 7pm, £3 after.
Canada Street SE16 2XU
2 Handmade Food does dinner, Blackheath
The team at Hand Made Food has kept you waiting long enough… after 20 years they are finally to open up in the evenings, from mid-November. The much-loved local traiteur, as featured in Time Out, The Guardian and Stylist, will extend its homely charms by offering its petite menu of dishes alongside specially selected natural wines. As ever, everything is prepared from scratch by Head Chef Steve Fowler, using the best seasonal ingredients.
40 Tranquil Vale, Blackheath SE3 0BD; 020 8297 9966
3 South East Cakery
The South East Cakery has taken its classic brownie base, mixed it through with mincemeat and topped it off with a homemade pastry crumble to create the delicious Mince Pie Brownie. Buy online (from £35 for 28 bites delivered to your door) or catch the South East Cakery at the Christmas Market on the South Bank from 20 November to 24 December, where you’ll also find the mix-and-match brownie bar, chocolate gingerbread men and other festive treats.
4 Anderson & Co does all-day dining, Peckham
Anderson & Co, which opened on Bellenden Road in 2010 as a cafe, has reinvented itself as an all-day restaurant serving breakfast through to dinner. The new evening menu, created by chefs Arendt Chiverton and Teemu Tovainen, previously of Quaglino’s and The Soho Hotel, changes every two weeks to reflect the best of the seasons. The premises have also been refurbished.
139 Bellenden Road, Peckham SE15 4DH; 020 7469 7078
5 Beamish & McGlue celebrates 10 years, West Norwood
Family-run corner shop-cum deli Beamish & McGlue celebrated its 10th anniversary in October by inviting people to check out its newly refurbished premises while enjoying a hog roast and live music. The shop, which stocks everything from tea and coffee to organic fruit and veg, free-range meat and eco-friendly cleaning products – all at competitive prices – recently received a Slow Food UK Supporter Award for supporting the Slow Food cause.
461 Norwood Road, West Norwood SE27 9DQ; 020 8761 8099
6 New cookbooks at The Larder, Ladywell
As well as the arrival of new autumnal wines and delicious Vacherin (a seasonal Alpine cheese), The Larder in Ladywell has a new range of cookbooks in stock, including The Modern Preserver by Newton & Pott founder Kylee Newton and The Nordic Cookbook by Magnus Nilsson.
71 Ladywell Road SE13 7JA; 020 8314 5797