Sunday, 8 September 2013

Local Finds...

I live in South London, which isn't exactly 'Fashionable'. People always assume I live in East London (I think it's my glasses...in fact, I'm sure that's it) but I have lived here for almost 7 years now, with my parents living not much further south and I love it. It's down to earth and a croissant doesn't cost you £3...I have 2 Lidl's, 3 Pound shops, numerous BYOB curry houses and almost all the shops are independent.

However, I am also a homeowner now, which also means I get over excited at the news of a slightly 'cool' place opening near me. I have wanted to open a bar in Tooting for years, but the fact I have no experience or knowledge in this field somehow held me back. It's pretty much the ONLY place within Zone 3 of London which hasn't been developed, it's much cheaper than North London and every time a new place opens up, it is packed.

Image from Time Out
And now Time Out has declared that 'Tooting is the new Shoreditch' (!!!) and announced the opening of Soho House's 'Dirty Burger' chain. My favourite food - it's as if they knew. So, what are you waiting for? Come check us out...

My recommendations:

'Tota' - a relaxed cafe-like places serving pulled pork sandwiches, good coffee and mashed avocado on toast:




The Provenance - this pub is in my neighbourhood, it's owned by the Antic group - who own two other good Tooting pubs 'Tram & Social' and 'The Antelope'. The Provenance does a great Sunday lunch and lots of good ales on tap.

One Sunday outside our local

Harrison's  - this bar and restaurant in Balham has recently been refurbished and is buzzing every evening. We stopped by for my husband's birthday dinner last week and the service was excellent.



I can definitely vouch for the burger at £12.50. The prices are really reasonable, too - 'Salt & Pepper Squid' starter £6.50 for example, and the most expensive item on the menu is the Rib Eye Steak for £20.50 served with fries. I'm hoping to book their private dining room for my next party - just as chic as The Riding House Cafe:



15 comments :

  1. I used to live in Du Cane Court in Balham & would venture to Tooting regularly. I say 'South of the river' is best! Love your blog. x

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    1. Love Du Cane court! My parents have had a shop in Tooting for 30 years, and used to have one in Balham, too! Very close to my heart...

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    2. Really wish I still lived there. Always used to pretend I was in Poirot. Miss London so much. x

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  2. It looks great, I am hankering after a burger now though!

    Luxx Mint

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    1. Me too! Had wayyyy to many in LA, though...

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  3. Looks fab - Kirsty Allsop is always down that way with her property hunting peeps these days. I've got relatives nearby so must check it out next time I'm in the big smoke! x

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    1. I think for first-time buyers, it's the only way really as North London is just extortionate...I think you'd really like Tota x

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  4. Ooh love a good bar. The burgers look amazeballs!

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  5. Hooray for South London! I am too excited about Dirty Burger, thanks for the tip. Now my flatmate has no more excuses to drag me to east London x

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  6. I moved to Tooting 2 years ago and love it. The Selkirk (which admittedly is my local) is my favourite pub for when the weathers good - I love they actually have grass in their beer garden!
    RE: Dirty Burger - rumour has it that it's not going to be a Dirty Burger but some sort of Chicken place - kind of like a hip nandos...

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    1. Have you tried Harrington's pie and mash on Selkirk Road? Been there for years (my nan used to go in her teens!) and amazing value - even serve the eel gravy! Will it be The Chicken Shop, then? Just as good!!

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    2. I've walked past there loads of times and never tried it - I have to admit that I've never tried pie and mash before so this is something that clearly needs to be rectified!
      Think it is going to be The Chicken Shop - can't wait!

      Have you tried Milk in Balham? It has got to be my favourite place to go for brunch - I love their sweetcorn pancakes and their smoothies.

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  7. Love the look of that Harrison's place, if I'm ever in Balham I'll be sure to check it out!!

    Lx

    http://the-sportista.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. Great post Alex I'm from Clapham & I am very content in south london

    Harrisons is great for a hangover brunch- the pancakes are amazing

    Clapham has a great new eaterie that I love called the Dairy - http://www.the-dairy.co.uk/ - I think we are going up in the world!

    Sophie x

    www.lafashionfolie.com


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    1. Oh, must check it out! The menu looks delicious!

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