Seven at Brixton

Unit 7, Market Row, Brixton Market , London, SW9 8LB

Seven cafe bar London Brixton

SquareMeal Review of Seven at Brixton

Exotic Brixton Market is the location for this cheap and cheerful daytime caff, which morphs into a rustic ersatz, Spanish-style backstreet bar come evening. Its quirky ‘luggage’ theme nods to a past incarnation, while exhibits by local artists are featured in a punky, anarchic gallery space above. Enjoy a selection of wines at peasant prices, plus sherries, Hispanic lagers and £5 cocktails – including basil and ginger beer mojito, old fashioned and Electric Avenue (a vodka, marmalade and pomegranate invention). To nibble there are assorted pintxos skewers involving cheese, chorizo, hams, spicy bites and piscine familiars; otherwise, go for sharing boards if you are particularly hungry, or order soups, salads, churros and trad Spanish desserts. It’s no el Bulli, but for good fun and a chance to try Ferran Adrià’s fruity, floral Estrella Damm Inedit beer, this is just the ticket.

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Food & Drink: 10.0

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 10.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 5.0

Fussy Londoner 22 April 2014

Food was really good, sturdy, authentic, all 6 of us were happy (and we all got different things). Happy with Mojitos, the half pint of olives, the tortilla (we are fussy as we are half Spanish), all good. The rooms are fun, mixture of artsy-retro-kitsch, with colourful graffiti on walls; retro café tables, great views from some windows over narrow market alley…cool and fun and would go back over and over again, if I lived there. One quibble – some folks hanging out there were VERY NOISY and it was really off putting. However, one little moment spoilt a great place, and this is NOT the fault of the owners = but suddenly the guys ‘next door’ (there are little rooms off each other) were on brink of having a violent fight. Freaky. Luckily the aggressor flew out of building, and then the second guy followed in a hurry. Not funny. Scary. Would love to know if this was a regular problem with eating at the Market – for sure, these guys were drunk, so if I went back, I would check with Seven at Brixton if this is a regular occurrence. Had this not happened, would have given 5/5 for atmosphere. GR8 food, nice waitress, super room (the Idiom is the one we ate in), but would be nervous of going back in case of a similar fight-nite prospect. Not fair to taint venue, venue's great, but important to mention this moment.

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