We visited Brixton Village Market (formerly Granville Arcade covered market) located in south London — a cultural hub offering 20 cafe's, restaurants and take-away's that sit amongst the bustling stalls.
It has been the late Thursday night openings that have really brought this former arcade to life. There is a real appreciation of the food here and a great sense of community; waiters can be sometimes seen running in between each of the restaurants borrowing condiments and such. The fish mongers, grocers, and butcheries all supply these budding food joints, adding to the community spirit.
One evening we enjoyed a meal at the Italian restaurant, Bellantoni's. The restaurant is split into two parts, at one side of the alley stands the open plan kitchen and on the other, a little dining room. The tables that are laid out in the passageway invite diners to sit and watch the friendly market at work. We enjoyed a ricotta and spinach lasagne and a sweet potato and fennel salad followed by their own house-made Limoncello liqueur.
Fresh cooked daily and prepared with local products, Bellantoni's specialities include their pasta, fish dishes and homemade bread and cakes. The restaurant was founded in 2010 through a passion of Italian cuisine.
81 Granville Arcade
Brixton Village 5th Avenue
01. Parisa Walklett