Brixton isn’t somewhere we have ventured to in our time living in Tooting. We are pretty spoilt with the range of shops and places to eat and drink right on our doorstep so we just haven’t made the short trip over there. We have been missing out!
On Saturday morning we headed to Brixton to collect some wine from The New Zealand Cellar (Pop Brixton) that had been pre-ordered from their website, and whilst in the vicinity we decided to have a look round to see what Brixton has to offer. Well, we were met with a bustling, thriving hub of stalls, shops, bars and places to eat that gave us more choice than we could cope with in one day! We wandered around Brixton Village making mental notes of where we need to come back to, whilst browsing the various trendy new shops and eateries as well as the older original local stalls that have been in the market for years. We were spoilt for choice. Did we want pizza? burgers? brunch? tacos? The list was endless. However, never ones to be able to turn down the chance to nibble on some cheese, we opted to stop at Champagne + Fromage.
Firstly, the set- up is lovely. A range of about 8 tables outside with stools, cushions and blankets and some excellent patio heaters. Inside, they had space to seat about 8 people, the cheese counter, a small bar and a kitchen. The décor was classy and inviting. They offer a large range of French cheeses, cured meat and charcuterie, tartines, and of course Champagne. What more could you want!
We chose to sit outside and after perusing the menu decided on sharing the Gastroboard. As it was lunchtime and we were going out that evening, we skipped on the Champagne and opted for some soft drinks, but definitely plan to go back and try the full package one evening in the near future. Our board (slate) arrived with 4 different cheeses, 3 tapenades, 4 meats, some lovely crunchy cornichons and a spoonful of quince jelly. It was accompanied by a plate of sliced baguette. Each of the cheeses was delicious. We had a hard cheese, a blue, a soft and a goats. The different sliced meats were also lovely. For me though, the surprise were the tapenades. Not really being olive fans has meant we usually steer away from them but these 3 were different. One was fig, one was garlic and basil and the last one was goji. They went so well with the cheeses and are something we would definitely have again.
All in all, this was an unexpected but lovely way to spend a Saturday lunchtime. We will return, and when we do, we will definitely be trying the Champagne.