SquareMeal Review of
First Aid Box and Blinder
TV show Peaky Blinders provides the inspiration behind this brooding hangout from the boys behind The Shrub & Shutter. Blinder, modelled on a 1920s Brummie bar, is open on Fridays and Saturdays only and is big on rum and killer gin jobs. It’s the bolt-on backroom behind First Aid Box, which, as the name implies, is all about ‘health and nutrition’ – for which read hoochy pick-me-ups your GP is unlikely to endorse. There’s Penicillin (obviously), but also Coffee & Cigarettes (a smoky Campari, Amaretto and Picon prescription) and Jungle Fever (a coco-creamy double rum-dosed palliative). Several mixes aim to offset alcohol’s toxicity by incorporating fresh fruit and veg juices, quinoa, yoghurt, royal honey, vitamin C… and a syringe filled with Chambord in the case of Brockwell Park Bramble. Diet-sheet options include quality charcuterie and artisan cheeses, plus goodies from pop-ups such as Peckham’s Eastern Bloc – just what the doctor ordered.