Markets, feasts & pop-up beer bars: SE London food & drink

May 14, 2013

Crystal Palace Food Market

There seem to have been lots of great food and drink-related things going on around here recently – so here’s a mini round-up from our local London area:

This weekend was the first new Crystal Palace Food Market, selling food that’s produced and sourced locally. It’s such a great initiative, was rightfully packed and almost everything sold out (Alex caught the end of it, I was suffering from a few motivation problems that day because of a 5am wake-up). But the good news is the market will now be taking place on Saturdays – from 10am, on Haynes Lane in the Triangle.

Alex’s parents visited over the Bank Holiday and kindly offered to babysit, so we ventured out for a couple of drinks. We went to Beer Rebellion, the new pop-up bar opposite Gipsy Hill Station from the Late Knights Brewery. There’s brilliantly quirky decor and a whole selection of specially brewed beer that’s so good I broke my post-pregnancy beer drought. It’s great to see something like this in what’s not the most inspiring location; all the good stuff is either up or down the hill. It was just a lot of fun and everyone was enjoying it. Beer Rebellion is there for three months, possibly more depending on demand, so make sure you go while you can.

The Norwood Food Bank was in Crystal Palace recently, appealing for donations. It’s a voluntary organisation offering emergency food parcels for local people in crisis. The idea is that you buy one more item when you shop – dry / canned / long-life goods – and the volunteers were also handing out a mini ‘shopping list’ so you can see what sort of food is needed. What a brilliant organisation, but how terrible is it that there is such an increasing need for the service? Here’s how you can get involved.

monkey t-shirtAnd the Bank Holiday weekend was also the latest West Norwood Feast. One of us was hungover (not me!) but we all had a breakfast muffin from Original Fry-up Material that was a million times better than its fast-food cousin.

We had a leisurely wander round all the different areas of the Feast, and also bought Eliza this monkey t-shirt from Not for Grown-Ups – not food or drink related, but isn’t it great?


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