Author: Sarah Pylas

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 …

Around Dulwich – November news

Halloween costumes have been put away and pumpkins have been recycled into soup, risottos, and pies, or just left outside to rot in the garden. The kids have returned to school for the autumn term and local shop windows are already starting to look festive. However, there is still much to do in and around Dulwich before we dive fizz-first into the silly season! The annual family fireworks display at Dulwich Sports Club on Saturday 4th November is guaranteed to light up your dark November nights. This year promises more food and beverage stalls than ever before including a bonfire, mulled wine, real ale, BBQ, and kids bar. Arrive early to get a good spot – and that’s just for parking! Later this same night, Plosive launches a brand new comedy night at The MCT at Alleyn’s featuring big-name headliners and handpicked favourites from the alternative circuit. Village Books have a number of inspiring events lined up again this month. On Sunday 5th, Newsnight presenter Evan Davis shares his thoughts on ‘Why we have reached Peak Bullshit …

Around Dulwich – October news

It’s over a month since we returned from our Greek island holiday and I am still struggling to readjust back to our old routine. I miss the slower pace, days spent on the beach, balmy nights watching the sunset over mountains with a glass of rosé in hand and, of course, delicious food. We have often tried to capture the spirit of Greece at home by eating in the garden and drinking wine only out of a carafe, but it is hard to get a real taste of Greece when you are shivering under an umbrella. So, when Angela invited me to be her guest at the opening of The Real Greek restaurant in Dulwich Village, I accepted faster than you can say Opa! The Real Greek restaurant occupies the previous site of Café Rouge and serves dishes that are inspired by different cultures and influences of Greek cuisine. The menu was devised with Tonia Buxton, presenter of the “My Greek Kitchen’ TV series and author of ‘The Real Greek’, ‘Tonia’s Greek Kitchen’ and ‘Eat …