Right now, the thought of going on a pub crawl is about as appealing as a slap in the face with a wet fish. I’ll leave the traipsing from one crowded pub to another, the elbowing up to the bar, and the awkward huddling by the only ledge space available to the enthusiastic first years, this grandma has developed more sophisticated drinking habits now. Basically, I want to sit down while I’m downing my pint, and I also can’t cope with those pub crawl hangovers. I’m old.
So crawling for booze is no longer an activity I’ll engage in but would I do it for food? This was a question I faced recently… Three courses at three different outlets, but luckily all under one roof, so I’d have to be really lazy to refuse! Pub crawls are so ten years ago, these days I am all about the Grub Crawl; my first ever experience was through Brixton Market and led by fellow foodie Hannah. Onwards to the first stop…
The crawling kicked off at Champagne + Fromage, every Francophile foodie’s dream, this restaurant serves up rustic French fare alongside my favourite fizzy tipple! We toasted to the start of our tour before digging into impeccable fromage and charcuterie boards generously filled with interesting cheeses and cured meats. We also indulged in some tartines with topped with potatoes or sausage and more cheese of course. These boards were perfect for picking at while we were all getting to know some new faces as well as catching up with some familiar faces.
We were then shepherded a few doors down to French & Grace, a Middle Eastern restaurant dishing up flavoursome, rustic food which was ridiculously moreish. We were presented with plates of creamy hummus with shredded lamb, muhammara, a spicy walnut and tomato dip, and labneh, a yoghurt dip with garlic and mint, all of which I generously slathered over the warm za’atar flatbread. I was also so enamoured with the chunks of pickled cauliflower and candied beets with smoked feta, that I almost didn’t leave enough room for the wrap jammed packed with chorizo, halloumi, coleslaw, bulgar wheat, harissa and tahini! All washed down with a delicious cocktail and yet more chit chatting…
Hannah then led us to the final stop for dessert at Sponge and Cream where we enjoyed a gargantuan slice of cake and a much needed hot drink… we were so busy chatting and eating I didn’t realise how late and cool it had become in the semi-covered Brixton Market! After salivating at the huge selection on offer from the coffee and walnut to coconut to banana, I settled on a slice of the raspberry sandwich cake – layers of chocolate and vanilla sponges sandwiched with raspberry jam and frosting. Between stuffing myself silly at the first two stops and the richness of this cake, I could only manage half of it before admitting defeat and taking the rest home to a very grateful certain someone!
The Grub Crawl is definitely something I could do again; Hannah was great at leading us through each of the stops – telling us a little about the background of the restaurant, their style of food and ethos, and of course what we were about to eat! With so many tempting options in Brixton Market, this is great way to reduce diner’s regret or plate envy and legitimately try three places in one evening without seeming too greedy!
Thank you to Hannah for taking me on my first ever Grub Crawl and fellow foodies Megan, Snita, Lucy and Jaklien for being such great company, but as always all opinions are mine and mine alone. I would highly recommend it and in fact, suggest you all go book your tickets now for the next one on 26 November 2015!