SquareMeal Review of
Knowles of Norwood
If Adele fancies furnishing her mansion at This, That And The Other – the discount megastore she previously lodged above – she’s in for a shock. Offbeat pub operators Antic have nabbed the shop for their latest venue, decorating it with rag-and-bone-man chic, Edwardian hardware store gubbins, vintage wallpapers, workbenches and a cosy banquette. West Norwood’s grateful punters have been rolling in, 21-deep at its bar, for pints from the London likes of Gipsy Hill, Brixton Brewery and Sambrook’s. In the spirit of the old place, wines start at just £15 a bottle while Haton Champagne goes for £42. Pending the opening of the kitchen (whose mainstays will be seasonal modern British pub grub, trad homemade bar snacks and Sunday roasts), food is limited to frankfurters, hot dogs plus dishes from occasional pop-up operators. There are also plans to add a conservatory dining room and a jolly landscaped family-friendly garden.