As regular visitors to Brockwell Park, Herne Hill is a serious contender for a spot on our shortlist. We love that it’s only a short walk from bohemian Brixton, yet it has its own personality and feels a millions miles away from the madness that lies less than a mile away.
Saturday morning’s for Mr B tend to start with Park Run (he even entered on the morning of our wedding!) and Flo loves to chase her ball around the open space that backs onto the Cressingham Estate. The park itself is well maintained, with a playpark, tennis courts, ponds, paddling pools and Brockwell Lido, couple all of this with the amazing views across the city and you can see why this park is very popular. During the summer the lido gets extremely busy so be prepared to queue but the adjacent café is worth checking out any time of year, especially if you can get a spot on the terrace. I’m always tempted by the brunches when grabbing a coffee pre walk but unfortunately it’s not dog friendly.
The Prince Regent is a favourite post walk watering hole with us and many others alike, this dog friendly pubs serves good cask beers and is nice place to warm up in winter or cool down in summer. The Deli (http://dugardanddaughters.com/) and bakery under the railway arches are great shops and I often stop to pick up supplies for brunch after morning walks. On Sunday morning’s there’s a farmers market on Railton road, the produce is great and it provides lovely atmosphere in which to shop. And it’s great news to hear that the famous Half Moon pub is finally being revamped by the owners Fullers after lying empty since August 2013.
Keen to learn more about the area Mr B and I headed across to the tap room at Canopy Beer Co (http://www.canopybeer.com/). We arrived late on a sunny Saturday afternoon and the party was in full swing. After sampling a few of the available options I decided on the Brockwell IPA and Mr B opted for the Sunray Pale Ale. We sat outside in the sun on crates taking in the fabulous atmosphere, this is somewhere we will definitely return over the summer months.
From the tap room we headed to Milkwood where we enjoyed snacks at the bar and I sampled some some delicious USA wine. After discovering them whilst on honeymoon I’m hooked, it’s not often you see them on a wine list by the glass so when I do my heart sings a little. The décor is fairly dark and industrial but with the front doors open it was very airy inside, this is another place we will be frequent again.
The night ended in the Florence (http://www.florencehernehill.com/) listening to the live music. The band were very good and although the pub was busy there were still a few bar stools available and it didn’t feel over crowded. Mr B was impressed with the choice of beer available, there was even one from the pub microbrewery – you can’t get any more local than that – and I was impressed with the wine. It was lovely lively atmosphere in which to watch live music and we both concurred that it’s somewhere we shall return during the day next time to sample the food menu, especially as we now know that it’s dog friendly.
I’ve heard good things about First Aid Box and Mr B very is keen to try Bullfinch tap room so I think another research trip Herne Hills is imminent. But… could I live here? Undoubtedly yes! Herne Hill has lovely friendly vibe, there are enough amenities to keep you entertained and given the proximity to Brixton for easy access to the Victoria line it definitely makes the shortlist.
Mrs B xx