We’ve written before about our love for Herne Hill and some of the top reasons to visit it . Since then the area has continued to blossom with the Sunday market bigger and better than ever, and Brockwell Park and it’s Lido attracting more attention and events. Having noticed several new places springing up I decided it was time to revisit Herne Hill’s hotspots. Here’s my pick of the best new openings –
Milkwood – 216 Railton Road, SE24 0JT
The venue that Milkwood now occupies has had many different guises over the years and for one reason or other none of them seem to have been able to last. I’d like to think that Milkwood is able to buck that trend as I’m a big fan. They’ve done a great job at doing the place out, it’s streamlined and modern with a touch of vintage. Large windows and doors which are kept open when it’s sunny make the place bright and airy so it’s just as good in the day as it is in the evening. I’m yet to try their food, but they have an all day menu as well as a brunch specific one. The small list of cocktails is great, I recommend the Espresso Martini and there’s several beers on draught including the locally brewed and appropriately named Milkwood.
500 Degrees – 153a Dulwich Road, London, SE24 ONG
Traditional Neapolitan wood oven pizza, need I go on? Having a successful well known flagship in Naples, 500 Degrees have now opened in Herne Hill, lucky London. With ingredients coming either directly from Italy or from the local butchers the simple menu lets the ingredients shine through. Serving just pizza and salads, they’re free to focus on what they’re good at. With pizzas from as little as £4.55 and bottles of wine at £13.95, this neighborhood pizzeria is a must visit.
Canopy Beer – 1127, Bath Factory Estate, 41 Norwood Rd, London SE24 9AJ
There’s undeniably a trend for locally brewed beers sweeping London, with several others within a 5 mile radius of Herne Hill’s offering. Like many of the other brewery’s Canopy Beer is opening its doors and allowing you to drink fresh from the source. You can either enjoy in their Herne Hill railway arch, or on the wooden benches outside. Beer is also available to take away.
The Parlour – 19 Norwood Road SE24 9AA
From the queues and waits for tables experienced in nearby Mimosa and the Lido Cafe, Herne Hill was crying out for another cafe. Help came in the form of The Parlour which has opened opposite the main entrance to Brockwell Park. With smart interior boosting Eames style chairs and chunky wooden tables, The Parlour is somewhere you’d happily spend time. The coffee is great and they also serve a selection of food, which leans towards healthy, they also serve juices. They’re dog friendly and have free wifi too, enjoy!