Rhidian Turner is a veteran West End mixologist, drinks educator and founder of Doorstep Drinks, a local cocktail delivery service.
How long have you lived in the area?
Two years now. It’s been the scene for some of the best moments of my life. I proposed to my wife in Honor Oak Park, got married in Peckham, we had our reception in East Dulwich and our son was born at King’s!
What brought you here?
My wife, Alex, and I were looking for a change of pace after living in Central London. We got a viewing that I wasn’t able to attend, but Alex convinced me that the house and the area were perfect. She was right!
What one thing would you change?
Now that I have a child, I’ve become very aware of how fast people drive down our road.
What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without?
On a personal level my wife, my son and our dog! On a more prosaic note, my phone! So much of what I do is about communication; with customers, suppliers and with the hospitality world in general.
Do you know your neighbours?
We’re very lucky that we get on well with our neighbours. Our street is filled with children of a similar age to our son, which is great! It’s the first time I’ve lived somewhere with this sense of community.
Where are you likely to be found on Saturday?
Prepping drinks and garnishes for the weekend deliveries.
Coffee or tea? Where?
Coffee, I love the hot bean soup! My go-to spot is Two Spoons in Honor Oak Park. Luca is a gent, the coffee is beautiful and the cakes are on point.
Cafe, pub or bar?
I’ve got to say bar, really, haven’t I!?! I love the hospitality industry in all its guises, but the creativity, knowledge and passion on display in a good cocktail bar hold a special place in my heart.
What’s your favourite place to go for a drink?
In these uncertain times, my living room! Since staying in has become the new going out, perfecting a new recipe for the menu makes for a great evening. I’m also in charge of the playlist!
Where’s your favourite place to walk?
There’s no shortage of lovely walks in this part of South East London. I love an early morning walk over One Tree Hill with the dog and Sundays in Horniman Gardens are a great excuse for an al fresco pastry.
When I want to relax…
I cook! I find cooking at home quite a zen activity. I enjoy the lack of pressure compared to the bar and restaurant world.
What is your favourite shop?
I’m a sucker for cookware stores. I sometimes have to be physically restrained from coming home with yet another kitchen gadget!
If money was no object..
I’d open my own little bar, just close enough to home to make it an easy commute, but just far enough away to make a day off seem like freedom!
This article first appeared in the December issue of SE23 Magazine.