Sunday, 18 July 2021

Brasted, Kent


Although it is somewhat blighted by the busy A25, Brasted is a handsome village on the fringes of some timeless Kent countryside - great cycling country. From Toy's Hill to the south, the fast descent down shady Chart Lane is fun, but make sure you slam on the brakes as you arrive at the T-junction. Some foolhardy cyclists ride north up Rectory Lane, which bleeds into Brasted Hill - a fearsomely steep climb on to the ridge that overlooks London. Fortunately, this lane is almost car-free, meaning you can zig-zag your way across the gradient.

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Beer Hawk, The Gallery South Bank Tower Estate, Stamford Street, Central London


A laid back bar serving craft beers and old-school snacks, the Beer Hawk has a battery of outside tables surrounded by the glass and steel of the nearby office blocks. Away from the tourists traipsing up and down the South Bank, it can be a good spot to catch the afternoon sun.

Peckham Bazaar, Consort Road, South London

Specialising in fascinating Balkan fare, this restaurant rarely puts a foot wrong. The sumptuous and varied dishes - ranging from marinated octopus with new potatoes to sirloin kebab with Greek fava to pan-fried kourkoubines (pasta) with wild mushrooms and butternut squash - will have you waxing lyrical.  The multitude of flavours and textures make for a really satisfying and stimulating meal. But, take note, the dishes come in a random order whenever they are ready, so be prepared to share your choices with your fellow diners. And it is very easy to over order.  While the food is fairly priced, some of the wines and beers are a tad pricey for a neighbourhood restaurant. Still, the service is assured and there is a pleasant buzz, both indoors and on the covered patio.  For a relaxed meal with close friends and family, the Peckham Bazaar should be on the shortlist. 8/10