Welcome back, with another bumper crop of updates, although this one is not directly related to the Good Beer Guide.
Our featured article is Tip Top Cafe, BR8 8ES
in Swanley. It's not quite a greasy spoon, instead it's a full-fledged British cafe, but not posh. Can't fault it if you ever find yourself in, or indeed find, Swanley.
Right then, plenty of new articles. We have Flavours of Paani Puri
in Kingsbury, a casual Indian cafe with a good line in Pani Puri, masquerading as a shop. Then, not far away in Colindale, is Bang Bang Oriental Foodhall
, the successor to the late lamented Oriental City, with loads of options, variable quality. A bit further out in Wembley is Krishna
, a small and okay Indian vegetarian restaurant. And also in the north-west is Delisserie
in Stanmore, a New York-style deli (which is to say, more of a cafe I guess) with a bunch of NW London outlets.
Moving out east is Hasi
, an Albanian restaurant in Barking. You may not find a menu, but you'll have options, and while they may seem basic, they turn out to be worth eating. Swinging down across the river is Kitchen Counter
, a vegan restaurant in Herne Hill run by "Deliciously Ella"; we only visited for breakfast, but it may be worth exploring. Over to West Norwood for Frangipani
, a cafe with a cozy bright style and including vegan options.
Continuing west we get to Orange Pekoe
, a tea shop in Barnes, so expect them to brew your tea properly at least, and they're happy to talk you through it. Still west, but north of the river in Ealing is Kiraku
, a Japanese restaurant in the izakaya style, which gets busy and serves excellent (if pricy) food. Bringing us back towards the centre is The Bull and Last
, a well-known (and also pricy) gastropub in Dartmouth Park, but the food is top notch even if it's only vanishingly pub-like. And on Highbury/Canonbury borders is Prawn on the Lawn
, a silly name for a very likeable fish restaurant (and fishmonger).
I'll just list the significant updates:
* The Robin Hood
, a Young's pub in Sutton;
* YBR Cake
, a Thornton Heath cake shop;
, another Young's pub, this one in Moorgate;
* The Volunteer
, a pub in Bexleyheath;
* The Belvedere Hotel
, in Belvedere;
* The Eel Pie
pub in Twickenham;
* The Fox
pub, not far away also in Twickenham; and
* The Norbiton
pub in Kingston's Norbiton.
Three reported closures are: The Haandi Lounge
in Edgware; L'Autre Pied
in Marylebone; and Tigris