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The Laundry Brixton

by Joanna Gregory

The nights seriously closing in, The Laundry glows with warmth and invitation. It’s trademark red brick exterior with original signage dating from the 1880’s stands out in an ever changing, gentrified Brixton. I’m greeted with the familiarity of an old friend and shown to my cosy seat in the French bistro style restaurant.

Melanie, the owner of this establishment comes over to talk through the menu and as she does, I fire questions about her ownership and the history of the place. Having taken it over a good few years ago, we talked about the struggles of lockdown and how she just about managed to keep this unique jaunt alive. Being her first restaurant, it’s an amazing attribute to her management style and passion for this place that kept the restaurant doors open.

My guest and I are pleased with the menu. Not too big or convoluted, just really simple but incredible looking dishes from spaghetti aglio e olio to slow cooked beef and marrow cottage pie, the offerings take inspiration from different corners of Europe, and all given it’s flare and flavour from head chef Sami Harvey. They pride themselves on sourcing quality season and local (where possible) ingredients and it comes through.

The Laundry Bar
The Laundry Specialist Cellars Credit Jack Lewis Williams

After my chilled and gorgeously crisp glass of Viognier – my personal favourite. I order the herb-crusted cod and my guest the duck confit. While we wait the selection of bread, olives and burrata is demolished as we sink heavenly into the comfort of this, feels like you’re in a mates kitchen, vibe. The team seem like they’re having a blast working here and the service seems somewhat effortless.

We finish off the meal with some kind of chocolate delight, but I’ve already had one viognier too many and quite frankly, I either want to work here or move in. We are the last to leave, but in no way did we outstay our welcome. The chilled, laidback but attentive staff made sure of that with intermittent chats and big smiles.

Sami and Mel_The Laundry
The Laundry_Burrata on toast
The Laundry_Duck Confit
The Laundry_Peach & Rosemary Sour
The Laundry_Wine selection

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The Laundry also offers private dining for up to 30 guests in their downstairs basement which would make for a wonderful and intermate gathering of souls.

I urge you to pay a visit, they even offer ‘no-corkage Tuesdays’ which is a fantastic way to bring in the punters. However, the wine selection is too good to swerve.

The Laundry
374 Coldharbour Lane
London
SW9 8PL
United Kingdom

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