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Canova Hall

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Brixton
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Grand art deco bar in Brixton.

A happy din of chatter and chinking glassware was echoing into the street as we approached Canova Hall’s slick, monochrome entrance. On a weekday night, the airy space was packed. Groups filled every table and bodies huddled around a huge, sweeping bar – a hub of bottles and bustle in the centre of a magnificent warehouse-style room.

This is the second offering from Albion and East, the group behind Hackney’s Martello Hall, and it retains its sister joint’s industrial glamour. The space – once the former workers’ hall of Britain’s first department store Le Bon Marché – is a cavernous concrete shell dotted with metal fixtures, faux-Tiffany lamps, and an oversized clock, giving a faded art deco grandeur. Meanwhile the busy open kitchen and lines of long tables scream of vibrant, continental food halls, tastefully combining old-time glam and urbanite cool. You could see a modern-day Jay Gatsby sipping martinis here.

The drinks menu is extensive and impressive with inventive takes on classic cocktails, a great selection of wine on tap, and a fine choice of absinthe, which they serve in the classic French style. The bar intends to produce its own gin from a bespoke still being shipped over from the States that they’re calling ‘Grace’. She was yet to arrive on my visit, so I opted for a silky, sweet hazelnut espresso martini, while my companion’s old fashioned was well blended with a crisp sweetness against a deep, smoky backdrop. We paired drinks with a gorgeously fragrant truffle taleggio-topped pizza and perfectly crisp zucchini fries.

The staff were friendly and welcoming, if a tad slow, but you can book a bartender to create personalised cocktails if it’s the ultimate Gatsby night you’re after.

Venue name: Canova Hall
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Address: 250 Ferndale Road
Brixton
London
SW9 8BQ
Transport: Tube: Brixton
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I visited Canova Hall for a quick pre cinema dinner. Pizzas were reasonably priced and staff were lovely. the decor has a gorgeous industrial style feel. A great destination for dinner or drinks near Brixton station. 
tastemaker

I was on the hunt for a new brunch place in Brixton and hoped that Canova Hall would bring something new to the area.

What we had: 

* Big Bacon Sandwich: Bacon, fried eggs, roast mushrooms, tomatoes with triple cooked chips and nduja ketchup

* Pancakes with nuts, berries, ricotta cream and caramelised bananas

* Bloody Mary

Unfortunately, the brunch here really lacked lustre as did the service. The big bacon sandwich was okay, though I would have toasted the bread and the triple cooked chips were a little soggy in texture and portion size. The pancakes weren’t good at all and I would avoid them. They didn’t seem fresh and tasted like they were pre-made out of a packet and what was suppose to be caramelised banana was a bit of a mushy mess. The strange dollop of what I can only think is ricotta cheese or cottage cheese is stranger still. It really is a shame as the interior is delightful and the lunch and evening menu of pizza and pasta sound solid, but this experience would make me hesitate going again for food - though I do feel obligated to give it one more chance for redemption.


Tip: they also offer take away pizza and bottomless coffee for those who sign up for hot desk-ing which is a pretty nifty idea, you can check out their website for more details on hot desk-ing and late night DJ events.


Good For: large groups, casual lunch/ dinner/ drinks, celebrations, catch up with friends, take away

tastemaker

A little slice of East London in Brixton.  I could tell from the chic black entrance with foliage that I would definitely get on with this place.  The beauty of the interiors is striking when you walk in and see a large open space divided up by a large circular bar in the middle, perfect for catching the bartender’s eye at all times! 


We had a booking for 8.30pm on a Friday night and first impressions were great until our server immediately mentioned they were running behind schedule and were busier than normal on their first trading week.  Not put off we were seated amidst the buzz of the cocktail drinkers, pizza eaters and open kitchen to see the chefs in action.  We had already had a few gins in Pop Brixton across the road, so went straight in for a bottle of wine and pizzas (vegetarian option was lush).  The tables were pretty close together and more suitable for holding drinks than massive pizzas, but on the plus side we got talking to our neighbours who were lovely!  Although I had planned to end the night with a bunch of naughty Nutella doughnuts, we were sadly far too full so opted for a gin dessert cocktail which went down just as nicely.

Canova Hall is a welcome addition to the Brixton restaurant scene if you are looking something different to the market and is somewhere you can stay long after finishing dinner.  Service is on the slow side, but they are aware of this teething issue and seem to be working on it…the soundtrack, atmosphere and the décor certainly make up for this.  I’m a fan already.  Oh and they have the best toilets in Brixton!

tastemaker

Brand new restaurant in Brixton. They only opened 3 weeks ago - really nice fit out from an old department store, no expense has been sparred with the finishing and the small details which make for an awesome interior. 


I am chalking up to only being new - but we had to wait 40 minutes before we could order - we kept being told the kitchen isnt taking any more orders, we will be back in 10 minutes and that happened a number of times. We were seated at the bar and the bartenders did give us a free drink for the inconvenience - but not being able to order for that long was rather annoying. The bar staff were great and did what they could - but if they want to last as a restaurant they really need to figure out their kitchen situation. I will go back again as the food was not bad and pretty reasonable pricing. 

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