Author: Sarah Pylas

Around Dulwich – April news!

Of all the school holidays, the Easter break is probably my favourite. It’s longer than half term and spring is – usually – in the air, although the recent spell of cold weather brings no reassurance that there will be any sunshine on offer this year! Last month, my son’s school closed for 2 snow days and parents flocked to the Horniman to sledge race down the snowy hills with their little ones. It was fun for the first hour or so, but then the frost set in and many of us took to hiding under a blanket on the sofa until it melted. However, I did manage to get out and discover a few exciting new places in March. The first is Grounds & Grapes, a fab little wine bar opposite Honor Oak station. If good wine, cheese, and gin are your thing then do pop in! Aneto Café on East Dulwich Road is now open in the evenings and Angela and I had an amazing dinner there with friends. I’ll definitely be going …

Around Dulwich – March news

Although the weather may still be cold, the first signs of spring are already starting to appear around Dulwich (at time of print!) and we even welcomed a few glorious sunny days over half term. The winter production of Mother Goose at St Augustine’s Church on One Tree Hill was superb! My son turned his nose up when I first told him I’d booked tickets, deeming himself to be – at the grand old age of 8 – too old for panto, but he absolutely loved it and thought it was hilarious. A trip to the East Dulwich Picturehouse to see Early Man was met with slightly more enthusiasm. Early Man is a film about a courageous caveman hero Dug and his best friend Hognob, who plan to win back their land in a high-stakes football match against a mighty enemy, Lord Nooth, and his Bronze Age City.  We went for a quick burger after the film and as members of the Picturehouse, we received 25% off our total bill at Gourmet Burger Kitchen – …

Around Dulwich – February news

Thank goodness February is here! I am welcoming the arrival of this fabulous month as only someone who attempted simultaneously to do Dry January and Veganuary can! I mean, what was I thinking?! January is bleak enough with its dark, grey skies and icy cold breeze to also go without a warming plate of spag bol, and the occasional glass of fizzy wine. Although, eating out as a vegan was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Norris and Knight on Forest Hill Road and Spinach on Lordship Lane both offer delicious vegan options. In fact, the avocado and roasted tomatoes on toast I devoured at Spinach inspired many a lunch at home! I also had a great vegan meal at The Real Greek in Dulwich Village, and even Pizza Express now has a vegan pizza on their menu! My January was mostly dry, but after a couple of weeks of following a more plant-based diet, I found myself secretly squirrelling away my son’s leftover pork sausages in the kitchen. Saying that, I am …

Around Dulwich: January news

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a happy and peaceful break. After a month of over-indulgence, it is quite a relief to know that I do not have to look at another mince pie for the next 11 months. The tin of Quality Street has been recycled (ok, both of them) and the wine fridge has been well and truly emptied! Over the next few days, I plan to slowly wean myself off the Christmas music, dismantle the tree and retire the tinsel back up to the loft. After a month of excess, I could not feel more ready for January to come. Although, this doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy all the festivities at the time. The East Dulwich Christmas Cracker certainly got everyone in the festive spirit with an exciting array of entertainment from local bands, choirs and performance groups, exclusive offers from local traders, a wonderfully seasonal North Cross Road market and the return of the Children’s Christmas Treasure Hunt. The Dulwich Charity Lunch in aid of Link Age Southwark was …

Around Dulwich – December news!

Wrap up warm, December is here! The skies of SE22 are already sparkling with Christmas spirit and our high street is buzzing with winter menus, warm wine, and festive windows. There is plenty to make you feel merry and bright around Dulwich this month. The opening of Terroirs Bistro (formerly Toasted) on Lordship Lane proved popular with regulars and with weekly wine tastings, meet the winemaker events and guest chef pop-ups, this could be a great place to get your first sprinkling of Christmas cheer! Local resident, Chloe Gounder-Forbes, invited Angela and me to her permanent pop-up restaurant, Platform 1, to sample the tasting menu from guest chefs-in-residence, Fodder. We enjoyed 6-courses of wild seasonal cooking and not one of them disappointed. Chloe’s wine list features rare and indigenous grape varieties and we opted for the wine flight, which carefully matches each dish with a wine. The sparkling Pinot Grigio rosé from Romania was sooooooo good that we will both be ordering a case to see us through the party season! Sadly, Fodder’s residency at …