25 Jan Streatham is still open for take away
When you think of the term ‘high street’, several different connotations spring to mind; you may associate convenience or a sense of community with the term; or perhaps, given the recent times, baron and maybe even slightly destitute. Independent high-street restaurants and cafes have had their work cut out to stay afloat as we continue to sail into unchartered territory, and to survive the current climate is no mean feat.
As a result, businesses up and down the country have had to find new ways to adapt in order to thrive, and those in our beloved Streatham are no different. Although amidst the lockdown doom and gloom, new shoots of innovation have started to sprout, giving the high street a new lease of life.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 fantastic local businesses currently gracing the high street (and beyond), that have had to modify in order to remain open for take-away, and rely on the local community for their continued support:
- Brickwood Coffee & Bread: These guys are fantastic – if you’re looking for some healthy breakfast alternatives or some out-of-this-world banana bread coupled with traditional Aussie hospitality, then this is the place for you. Visit: brickwoodlondon.com
- The Rookery Café: Now this one is an absolute gem – serving decadent hot chocolates that will fill you up until dinner time and a lovely location to boot, this is the perfect pitstop for a lunch-break stroll. Visit: therookerycafe.co.uk
- Carvalho’s Café: Tucked away on a residential street near Streatham Common, this quaint little café serves cheap, cheerful and delicious homemade bakes such as cheese bread and muffins, as well as luscious pastries including Danish crowns and almond croissants. Visit: facebook.com/carvalhoscafe
- Art & Craft SW16: Now these guys have a sign outside that boasts “Good Beer”; a seemingly immodest statement but in truth, they walk the walk. They’re an independent bottle shop offering a vibrant array of craft beers and they even provide home delivery, cheers! Visit: artandcraft.london
- Tam Vietnamese: If you’re looking for authentic, Vietnamese street food-style cuisine at reasonable prices than look no further. With a selection of vegan options available too, there’s truly something for everyone. Visit: facebook.com/tamkitchenuk
- Blackbird Bakery: This place is a firm favourite with the locals (that’s how you know it’s a winner), which often means there’s a queue out of the door of people eagerly awaiting their freshly baked goods. Their website says, “We are open and serving takeaway of fresh bread, flour, eggs and the most essential of items, cake & coffee! Come down, say hello and grab some lunch :)” (we’re inclined to do as they ask!)
- Bravi Ragazzi Pizza: Now this place is something special- who says you have to go into central for this kind of luxury? Serving a variety of proper Italian, artisan pizzas on a choice of red or white bases with bottles of Aperol Spritz to wash them down with, it makes for a rather boujee night in. Honestly, I’ll let their Instagram do the talking. Visit: instagram.com/braviragazzipizzeria
- Nostro Café Costa: With a 4.9-star rating on Uber Eats the people have clearly spoken, and the ratings don’t lie. You’ll be pushed to find anywhere that does a regular-size mocha (not puny as is customary usually for London) for £2.85, and a maple syrup and bacon pancake breakfast for £6.85. Visit: ubereats.com/gb/london/food-delivery/nostro-cafe-costa
- Bunk Burger: Hands down, one of the best vegan burgers I’ve had in London, and I’m not even vegan! I go for the vegan option over meat every time simply because it’s so delicious. From towering, double beef-patty infernos to succulent chicken burgers, their menu is vast and definitely worth checking out. Visit: bunkburgers.com
- Streatham Kitchen: Proffering a diverse menu and large portions that can reputably “feed you for days!”, this is a must-visit for Streathamites. Try the Cajun chips – you won’t be disappointed! Visit: instagram.com/streathamkitchen/
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