The Laundry Brixton

Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of The Laundry Brixton

Bronze Award

It may come as no surprise that the building housing a restaurant named The Laundry started out as an Edwardian wash house. The history of this Brixton newcomer’s former life has been enhanced rather than hidden in a space which now features bare brick walls and distressed plaster walls, peeling back to unveil layers of pastel shades.

The menu's sharing-style small plates are seasonally led, feature as much local produce as possible and are served by bend-over-backwards-friendly staff who all fully buy into the restaurant’s ethos.

We started with crisp croquettes that were sweetened with carrots and seasoned with chunks of ham hock. Carbs are rightfully given full-plate status, with Pink Firs wrapped in a salt pastry to be cracked into like a potato-y present. Elsewhere a plate of charred gem lettuce was generously portioned and spiked with the flavours of a Caesar salad. An unctuous Parmesan whey took the place of a traditional dressing while the flavour of anchovies was replaced by light bonito flakes.

The star though was a plate of slow-cooked belly pork that was silkily rich with layers of fat and topped with a satisfying layer of crackling. The richness of the dish was tempered with Brussels sprouts – both whole and singed leaves – house-made yoghurt and addictively sweet and sharp pickled red chillies.

For dessert a warm chocolate chip cookie, baked to order, promised so much. As a biscuit it was fine, but it was a single small round, unadorned and looking a little lonely on the plate. A scoop of ice cream would have made the £4 price tag feel more justified.

In keeping with its wine bar credentials there’s an interesting list of bottles, with a lean towards French vintages. While the menu presents well, we think a few snacks and a bottle at the bar, surrounded by the chatty south London crowd, beats a full sit-down affair here.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cool, Cosy, Lively
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Counter dining, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Dates, Group dining [8+]
Food Hygiene Rating


The Laundry is an all-day restaurant, wine bar and bottle shop in Brixton. The space is pleasingly shabby chic, with a bright and modern color palette and offers a venue for meals from breakfast through to dinner, with brunch served on weekends. Those looking for a quick pitstop can also buy takeaway coffee, while the wide selection of interesting bottles (to either enjoy at the bar or at home) is a further draw. 


Is there outside dining at The Laundry?

Yes, The Laundry has a large terrace out the front which offers great people watching. There are heaters, umbrellas and blankets too if the weather isn't playing ball.

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What is the menu like at The Laundry?

The Laundy's menu has a modern European vibe which heros contemporary takes on comfort food classics. Expect snacks like a good old fashioned sausage roll, starters like a prawn cocktail and mains like a chicken kiev.

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What's the dress code at The Laundry like?

There is no official dress code for The Laundry, and we've always found a mixed group dining there, so come as you are and we're sure you'll be welcomed.

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The Laundry at Walton Lodge, 374 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8PL

020 8103 9384 020 8103 9384


Opening Times

All day
Mon 07:00-23:00
Tue 07:00-23:00
Wed 07:00-23:00
Thu 07:00-00:00
Fri 07:00-00:00
Sat 08:00-01:00
Sun 08:00-01:00


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