SquareMeal Review of
Peckham Refreshment Rooms
Imagine the perfect neighbourhood eatery, and you might come up with something like this bar-restaurant: a place to stop for a proper coffee on your way to work; somewhere to meet friends for a post-commute drink or a pre-cinema bite; a venue for a lazy Sunday brunch – and all a short hop from the station. Drinkers are encouraged to linger longer by the small-plates menu, which blends French classics (duck confit, tartiflette) with Italian favourites (soft polenta and ceps, aged Parmesan and truffle honey). The drinks list is equally enticing, combining grown-up cocktails, old-school aperitifs and a handful of wines and beers. Capacity (and comfort) has doubled since the owners acquired the space next door, adding bookable tables to the bum-numbing stools mostly saved for walk-ins. The simple interior features exposed copper pipes and unplastered render in a look that’s more welcoming than it sounds.