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Peckham Refreshment Rooms

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A little slice of Barcelona has landed in Peckham – a slick, pared-down, friendly little tapas bar where you might swig a quick beer or down a carafe of wine and grab some tasty snacks before (or after) a big night out. With raw plaster walls, scruffy poured concrete floor and a big slab of glossy burgundy MDF for a bar, its cheap and cheerful vibe belies the speed at which you can rattle through 50 quid on the little platters of pan-European nibbles.

The basic menu consists of Spanish cheeses, meats and snacks, with a few interesting southern European dishes. More enticing is the list of daily-changing seasonal specials, such as an exquisite dandelion, broad bean and goat’s cheese salad; spears of lemon and butter-drenched asparagus with a heavenly curd dip; some tasty (though marginally overcooked) king prawns with garlic and tangy chorizo; and a skewer of monkfish served with divine saffron potatoes and a sprinkling of shrimps and clams.

Puddings – a densely delicious pot au chocolat, and a dreamy lemon posset served with a crumbling disc of shortbread – were a resounding success, as was the friendly and attentive service. The restaurant opens for coffees and croissants at 7am on weekdays and closes at 1am at the weekend. The hipness quota really cranks up in the evening, attracting Peckham’s edgy art scene/boho crowd.

Reviewed by Veronica Simpson

Venue name: Peckham Refreshment Rooms
Address: 12-16 Blenheim Grove
SE15 4QL
Opening hours: Lunch served 11am-3pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat. Brunch served 10am-3pm Sat
Transport: Rail: Peckham Rye rail
Price: Dishes £5-£10

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No soya! A hipster joint with no soya. Must be some reactionary post modern statement or summit. Barista was very smiley and pleasant though.

Barney Berry

It's quite exciting to see these new places popping up in Peckham. Went there recently. Two of us. About 6.30pm. Quiet, but by the time we left it was packed. One waitress was great and explained the drinks and menu to us. All very smiley and helpful. Had 5 tapas, a couple of drinks and pudding. Food was good but quite pricey, though. A few issues though. One member of bar staff spent the whole time we were there texting away on her phone. Helping customers in-between but then going back to her phone. Secondly, they automatically add 12.5% service to the menu that I didn't have the wit to subtract. And finally, the waitress took my drink before I could drink the last swig (which I had been saving). I didn't complain at the time about any of these so, I know, shouldn't really complain now, but I thought it would act as a heads up for the place.