Author: Sarah Pylas

Around Dulwich – June news!

As the half-term break draws to a close, so the countdown to summer begins! The season of sunshine (if we’re lucky) brings with it longer days, after-school picnics, BBQs, ice-cold glasses of rosé, ice creams in the park and a subtle whiff of factor 50 in the air. Around Dulwich, it also heralds the start of festival season. The Dulwich Festival set the bar high last month with it’s annual 10-day extravaganza of music, performances, talks, Artists’ Open House weekends and festival fairs. Angela and I were honored to be invited to the launch party for the Dulwich Festival, which was hosted at Suzanne James’s fabulous event space, fifty seven, on North Cross Road. Cocktails were provided by Myatt’s Fields, music by the incredibly talented jazz singer, Ainé Cherie, and the food – catered by Suzanne and her team – was, as always, spot on. Brockley Max (1-9 June) is set to return this June for its 17th year. Spanning nine days and more than thirty venues, the popular community arts festival offers a packed …

Around Dulwich – May news!

May is a fantastic time to live in and around Dulwich. After a shaky start, it seems spring has finally sprung and Instagram is brimming with sunny terraces, alfresco dining, and ice-cold glasses of #rosé! Not that the weather could ever stop me from enjoying the latter… The annual Dulwich Festival will run from 11th – 20th May this year and celebrates the very best our area has to offer! The jam-packed Festival programme includes artists’ open house weekends (12-13 May), street art walks (13 May), talks, food trails, music, and the popular festival fairs (13 and 20 May). This year’s Food Trail features a truly mouth-watering array of scrumptious offerings from some of the best restaurants and cafés in the area. Platform 1 restaurant on Lordship Lane will be offering walk-in wine flights for £15 per person with a wine list that focuses on rare and indigenous varieties. I’ve been on a wine flight with Platform 1 before and can highly recommend it. Other highlights for me include the Havelock Walk May Open Studios …

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 …