Could it be that unassuming Nunhead’s main drag has finally, finally, reached the critical mass of food shops, retro outlets and galleries that allows it to be described as ‘up and coming’? If so, Bambuni is right at the heart of it. This deli/café/local hub has been a real labour of love for owner Huey, who built the place with his own hands and maintains a mission to source the best and the local. This includes more than 50 cheeses and nearly 100 craft beers, all available for consumption on site.
Made-to-order sandwiches include salami, comté and gherkins, or raclette, onion marmalade and dijon mustard, and there are plenty of sweet things, not least Ice Cream Union ices, best enjoyed on a summer’s day in the tiny Mediterranean-style courtyard. Come for a flat white (Huey takes his coffee seriously) and leave with a refillable bottle of red wine, a tub of olives and several scoops of loose granola. Look out for after-hours events such as tapas evenings, beer tastings and bar nights.