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Boom Shack brings Jamaican flavours to Brixton 100 FREE dishes this weekend
We love a new opening and we love a bit of the free stuff so this newbie in Brixton ticks all the boxes. Boom Shack, the new venture from Boom Burger founder Joshua de Lisser, opens it's doors in Brixton on Saturday 26 November, offering South Londoners a dine-in and take-away experience bursting with Jamaican flavours.

To celebrate the new opening, this weekend (Sat 26 – Sun 27 November), Boom Shack will give away 100 menu items each day, on a first-come, first-served basis. From 10am on Saturday, the first 100 customers are invited to choose a free item from either the breakfast or evening menus for the full Boom experience. To be in with a chance of grabbing a free dish, all diners have to do is simply turn up to the restaurant and place their order!

Located on Brixton Station Road, Boom Shack will predominantly be a lively cocktail bar serving up fun Jamaican vibes (open Wednesday – Sunday) and a drinks list straight out of the Caribbean. Try the “Jamaican Punch”, a sweet concoction of fresh fruit and lemon juice, blended with your choice of rum, vodka or gin, or go for the “Montego Breeze”, a sun-splashed combo of vodka, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime and ginger ale.

Loud Caribbean flavours will also be at the heart of the food offering, with the evening menu including a pair of hot ciabatta sandwiches, perfect for soaking up those cocktails. Choose from the Boom Cubano (£8) – ham, slow-cooked pork shoulder and a layer of Swiss cheese, topped with fiery hot peppers – or the Boom Sarnie (£8) - Scotch bonnet chilli beef, with cheese, house-made bacon jam and jerk mayo.

The breakfast menu includes a selection of sandwiches all served in a warm brioche bun – expect to see a bacon, egg and cheese sarnie, plus avocado and scrambled eggs as a veggie option, both priced at £7. Wash this down with one of their freshly served juices – “Papaya Don’t Preach”, papaya, lime juice, apple and ginger, or “Welcome to Jamrock”, a blend of mango, orange, pineapple and coconut water.

Boom Burger, the uniquely Jamaican-influenced burger company founded by Joshua de Lisser, opened its doors on Portobello Road in 2014.  De Lisser is excited to be bouncing the Caribbean beat to Brixton and comments, “We’ve come along way since starting as a pop-up in 2013.  I’ve always had my eyes set on a site in Brixton and now that it’s finally happened I can’t wait to spread the boom!”

Seating up to 21 people, Boom Shack boasts an inviting wood-walled interior, windowed doors and bright Jamaican colours, fitting in perfectly with the vibrant atmosphere of Brixton Station Road.

Boom Shack, Brixton Station Road, London, SW9 8PA

Opening hours: Wednesday – 4pm -11pm, Thursday & Friday – 4pm-1am, Saturday – 10am – 1am, Sunday –10am-6pm

Boom Burger, 272 Portobello Road, London, W10 5TY

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This weekend Hackney Wick get's a new café, meeting place and social hot spot at Stour Space the Stour Space Cafe will open its doors on 18th of November (Friday). Visitors can enjoy a fresh menu of locally sourced food, juices and alcoholic drinks in Stour Space's much loved canal side location, whilst directly contributing to one of Hackney Wick’s longest surviving community spaces. Expect to find regular pop-up food events, an evening bar and regular arts and music events including Life Drawing, lunchtime yoga and weekenders.

Amid widespread redevelopment on Fish Island and Hackney Wick, Stour Space - a founding supporter of the Save Hackney Wick Campaign, remains a hub of activity and an island for the local creative community. The Cafe will operate as a Community Interest Company (CIC), its profits re-invested back into the activities at Stour Space and steered by the local community. It will make a significant contribution towards securing the long term future of the building and ensuring that the local community continues to benefit from affordable creative work and meeting space; an exciting regular program of music, visual art and performance; and a shop selling art materials and products made by local artists and designers. The Counter Cafe will be moving on from Stour Space on 13th November and has made a valued contribution to the development of the community surrounding the venue since it first opened its doors in 2008 as neighbours to Stour Space and then later moved into the venue in 2011.

Stour Space is a socially minded organisation with an innovative business model that uses the commercial elements of the building to support the provision of genuinely affordable workspace for the development of creative enterprises. It also provides subsidised meeting space for local community groups and schools, exhibition and performance space and works in collaboration with local enterprises, residents, artists and committees. Services used by thousands of local residents and visitors to the area.

Established in 2009 by artist couple Neil McDonald and Rebecca Whyte and soon joined by Juliet Can in 2010, Stour Space was the second building in the UK ever to be listed as an Asset of Community Value under the Community Right to Bid Policy, as part of the Localism Act 2011.

"Stour Space has been a labor of love for us since the beginning. Our vision was to create a forward thinking space that could find new ways of sustaining creativity and innovative business with social value at its core. This new venture will enable us to ensure the future sustainability of the venue and protect the workspaces and social spaces of the community that surround it at a time when Hackney Wick is undergoing rapid and potentially devastating changes to its creative community". Rebecca Whyte, Director, Stour Space.

Stour Space Café will be open from 18th November, MondaySunday, 8am – 5pm, plus regular evening openings and events.

Various events and workshops will be happening all day till late

Currently showing in the gallery is Brick Potato, Potato Brick, a collaboration between Malarko Hernandez and Cristina Lina, 9—28 Nov 2016, 9am—5pm daily, free entry.

For more information about Stour Space visit www.stourspace.co.uk

Behind this wall bar

The team at Behind This Wall will be opening a new bar in Hackney just in time for winter. Having held a four month residency on the Oval Space terrace over the past summer; the former Plastic People club night, roving record fair and peripatetic bar are now settling in to their first fixed abode. The space will be contemporary and tactile in design and feel, with Martin Hannett’s — the inimitable producer of Joy Division and noted audiophile — old Tannoy Gold sound-system warming the aural environ.

The menu has been developed again by bar-tender Alex Harris, building on the ‘Medicinal Mixology’ concept honed over the summer at the Oval Space. As Alex himself says: “We work with refined, small-batch distillers and producers; all our ingredients are free of artificial additives, colours or flavours, high fructose corn syrup or unnecessary sugar. The idea is to rebuild classic cocktails (with seasonal, botanical or herbaceous enhancements) around this philosophy. The notion to the potions: let’s drink to good health!” For food offerings Alex has expanded on the usual BTW oyster raw bar with several Hawaiian poke (pronounced ‘poh-kee’) dishes.

HenryChelsea dining room, The Henry Root, re-launches this October following an extensive refurbishment by hospitality group, Affinity Bars & Restaurants.

The neighbourhood dining room will re-open on Monday 5th October with an elegant new interior and refreshed all-day menu. The kitchen has been relocated to the lower-ground floor, extending the restaurant dining area and creating space for contemporary artwork and grand mirrors, which will reflect natural light from the skylight above throughout the room. At the front, a casual, café-style area for morning coffees and brunch will seat guests with dogs and young families, while sleek stools transition the space to accommodate at-bar dining, ideal for after-work cocktails and early evening small plates. Mid-way, a large communal table will cater to kid’s clubs in the morning and dinner parties in the evening. A fresh new feminine colour palette of soft pink, tan and teal will ease diners through the day, with deep blue velvet banquettes adding a luxurious and sophisticated touch for refined dining in the evening.henry2

New all-day opening hours at The Henry Root will welcome guests for breakfast from 8am on weekdays and 9am on weekends, serving brunch, lunch and dinner throughout. Offering healthy takes on casual, comfort-food classics during the day, there will be a more refined, indulgent menu available in the evening. Brunch dishes like Smashed avocado, poached eggs on rye sit alongside salads such as Puglian burrata ‘Caperese’ with heritage tomatoes and basil and sandwiches including a Native lobster brioche roll, while Seabass with braised gem and mussel viniagrette and Parmesan-crumb chicken schnitzel with fennel and apple slaw make for healthy, heartier lunch options. In the evening, dishes including Grilled halibut with girolles, spinach and ver jus and Roasted rump of lamb with braised puy lentils and salsa verde are elegant enough for special occasions and destination dining, while plates of Macaroni cheese with truffled lobster, USDA Prime rib-eye steak and Henry’s grass-fed beef burger cater to The Henry Root’s local regulars.

The bar will be laid with a selection of fresh fruit, seasonal salads and homemade cakes during the day, perfect for mid-morning coffee, light lunch and afternoon tea. Cold-pressed juices and smoothies by Radiance Cleanse will also feature, available to take-away with coffees and other hot drinks, ideal for on-the-move mums; Radiance’s Chocolate smoothie – a blend of coconut milk, raw cacao, avocado and dates – is a wholesome treat for kids while the Green juice nourishes mums on the school run. In the evening, the bar will transform into Chelsea’s cocktail hot-spot, serving a selection of classics, fizzes and seasonal specials, perfect for post-work drinks, pre-dinner tipples and nightcaps alike.

Offering locals a trusted, social dining room in the heart of Chelsea, The Henry Root’s new all-day offering and popular neighbourhood events – including renowned ‘Doggy Dinners’ and weekend kid’s clubs – will be a welcome return to the area.

The Henry Root will host a soft-launch service from Wednesday 30th September to Sunday 4th October, offering guests 50% off food all day.

Food5Recently opened, Caphe Pho is serving fresh and healthy Vietnamese cuisine. After 6 years in Bermondsey (trading as Caphe House) where they sold approximately 130,000 Pho, the family needed a new larger restaurant to accommodate the growing demands.

The new Smithfield restaurant has 86 covers and trade is approximately divided into 40% dine in and 60% takeaway.

The interior design comprises of 3 regions influenced by Ha Long Bay; Mekong Delta River and Hoi An. The décor has many different types of feature lights, colonial yellow walls, reclaimed timber cladding and a gallery of Vietnamese daily life Art.

At lunch Caphe Pho has a very affordable menu to dine in or to take away including pho, Vietnamese baguettes, rice and noodle dishes with an array of Vietnamese fillings. Others dishes include rolls, steam buns, salads and chargrill skewers. In the evening a more comprehensive A La Carte menu presents dishes like Spicy Coconut Chicken and Crispy Sea-Bass in Lemongrass, Salt & Chili.

The signature dish is of course Pho -  an aromatic, nutritious and delicious rice noodle soup. It’s made with fragrant spices, rice noodles, bean sprouts, ginger, onions, coriander, cilantro, sweet basil, lemon and chill. The stock (beef, chicken or vegetable) is made from a family recipe and takes 12 hours of simmering to allow the stock to retain all its goodness and develop the subtle distinctive taste and aroma.

Traditional Vietnamese iced coffee is the signature soft drink and the Caphe Spirit - homemade rice spirit served with mint, lime & soda – is the signature alcoholic drink.

Owner and founder Trung says “Vietnamese cuisine has grown in popularity in the UK recently – and rightly so. The public are more knowledgeable about food from the country and we want to build on that – showing people how delicious and healthy Vietnamese cuisine is and also educate them on the traditions and culture.”

Caphe Pho

12 Smithfield Street



020 7248 4000