I’ve been on a fair few pub crawls in my life, the most memorable of which was the circle line challenge in London (a different drink in a different pub at each stop on the circle line). It was pretty heavy, starting at Aldgate and ending prematurely at Notting Hill due to the sheer amount of alcohol consumption. More of a semi circle challenge really! Recently I was invited to try out an awesome new concept – a grub crawl! How would this work? I hear you cry! The concept is actually quite simple – you have your starter in one restaurant, main in another and, you guessed it, dessert in another. This is the brainchild of the lovely Hannah (of That Adventurer) who wanted to share the culinary delights of her area, Brixton, with fellow foodies.
Brixton has changed a lot since I lived there for a very short time when I first moved to London, around seven years ago. It’s become quite ‘trendy’ and the market is now host to so many incredible restaurants of all types of cuisines.
I was joined by Connie (Connie Consumes), Lucy (Lucy Loves To Eat), Jaklien (Passport and Toothbrush), Snita (Her Favourite Food) and of course Hannah, starting off at Champagne + Fromage. You might have seen I visited and reviewed this restaurant earlier this year and just fell in love with it. Cheeses, meats and champagne, honestly, what more could you want?
After a big collective ‘CHEERS’ with our glasses of champagne, we were brought out some boards with a selection of gorgeous breads, cheeses and charcuterie, including a blueberry salami, which was delicious!
Then even more food emerged, with a selection of the restaurant’s gorgeous tartines. I really was in my own little cheesey heaven.
After being torn away from the cheese, we moved on to French and Grace. I hadn’t been to it before so I was excited to try it.
They serve Middle Eastern inspired food, including meze plates and wraps. I started with a Harissa Bloody Mary, which I thought was so unusual and tasted great.
We then tucked into the following:
Rosemary and Butterbean Hummus with Shredded Lamb
Muhammara – Spicy Walnut and Tomato
Labneh – Salted and Strained Yoghurt with a Garlic and Mint Oil
Candied Beetroots with Smoked Feta
100% sheeps milk Halloumi
Falafel with tahini
An Uber wrap with chorizo, halloumi, coleslaw, bulgar wheat, harissa and tahini
I was really blown away by all of the flavours. Sometimes this type of cuisine reminds me a lot of food from home in Cyprus, but this was different. It felt like there was a lot more experimentation in terms of the herbs and spices, which I really appreciated!
And then just when I thought I couldn’t eat any more, we walked/rolled over to Sponge & Cream. There was a large selection of cakes to choose from.
I went with the coconut and lemon and was served one of the biggest slices of cake I’ve ever seen, along with a nice warming hot chocolate.
It was a bit chilly out in the market but the hot choccie certainly helped, as we listened to a great band playing. And much like on a pub crawl, I was a little worse for wear at this point, but in a very good way. Stuffed full of incredible food rather than booze, it’s a much more satisfied feeling!
We were testing out the Grub Crawl with Hannah and I’m so excited to see where this goes. It’s such a great concept, and Hannah has lots of ideas for themes and restaurants to visit. If you’d like to be kept in the loop, you can sign up to the Grub Crawl mailing list on the website here.
Thanks to Hannah and my fellow bloggers for such a great night!
I was invited to review The Grub Crawl by Hannah but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.