Gremio de Brixton

Restaurants, Spanish Brixton
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Venue name: Gremio de Brixton
Address: The Crypt St Matthews Church
Transport: Tube: Brixton
Price: £25 and under
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Debbie H

This Spanish tapas place is hidden underneath St Matthews Church in Brixton in their old crypt. Now I know what you are thinking…would a potential date not be a teeny bit put off at being brought to a crypt on a date? Well the answer is…potentially, but once they are down there I promise they will like it! The ceilings are very low, just like the lighting with lots of candles giving it a very romantic feel – apart from the whole ‘it’s a crypt aspect’.

The waiters and chefs are all Spanish which obviously helps when running a Spanish tapas restaurant and as such the food is really good! I’m always a fan of small plates on a date, as it encourages you to talk about what you like and what you don’t. Also this allows you to get the important information such as, ‘do you like cheese croquettes and chorizo in red wine?’, out of the way early so you can tell whether to bother fraternising with them again. Obvs if their answer is no, sneak out whilst they are in the loo.

Overall this place is great, reasonably priced and romantic – just don’t let slip that Torture Garden used to hold nights down there like I did in front of my ex’s parents. Oh Sangria…why do you let me say these things???

Dinner for 2 with Wine is about £65-70

Dianne H

If you think drinking in a church is sacrilegious, you haven’t been doing it in the right one. Enter Gremio de Brixton, a unique addition to the Brixton social scene.

I have visited on two very different nights so far, one being a house party after party and the other being a Wednesday date night. From experience Saturday nights can get pretty busy after 10pm but when you’re down there (yes it is in the crypt) it’s a feast for the senses, literally, if you have been drinking. The place seems like a maze and is very dark, but the good news is that there is a live Saxophonist serenading somewhere if you’re lucky enough to find him.

If you decide to go mid-week, although it has less of a buzz it is a pretty great date venue due to the hidden corners and candles, drinks are very reasonable too.

One to perennially keep in my little black Brixton bar book.

Ruth J

After hearing mixed reviews I finally tried out Gremio de Brixton last night and I think it will quickly become one of my fav spots in Brixton! Excellent tapas, georgeous wine and a fantastic atmosphere for a quiet date or catching up with friends. The chicken skewers on a bed of pureed chick peas were to die for! I am looking forward to going back, even just for drinks as apparently the late night music provides a great night out!

Katie F

Gremio de Brixton is my favourite place to go with a big group of friends. It is huge, located in the crypt of St Matthew's church near the Ritzy. One half is a bar serving lovely big specialty gin and tonics (warning: the rosemary one - the Meditterranean - feels a little like you're drinking a herb garden... I'd stick to the Valencia), the other half is a tapas restaurant serving delicious, if not particularly healthy, traditional Spanish dishes. With a big group, you are often required to have the set menu - which comprises the most amount of food you've probably ever eaten. Highlights for me are the cheeses - the Cameros and the Manchego - which are served with a delicious chutney and the chorizo cooked in cider, all of which are utterley delicious. Later in the evening, the music cranks up, the lights go down and the dance moves come out. It's open until 3am which means you can arrive early evening and leave in the early hours of the morning having been very adequately fed and watered and without really moving a muscle... except for when you pull out your best flamenco moves... Viva Espana...!

Laura G

Tucked away underneath a church off Brixton Hill, this place is conveniently located next to the tube and offers great tapas for a night out with friends. Its arches cozy up the tables and invite you to have one of the house’s sangrias, a Spanish mix of wine and fruit that will not disappoint, and allow you to nibble on the competent snacks for a couple of hours. The traditional ham croquete is an excellent choice, as well as the chuletón, a huge piece of tender meat that comes cut in thin slices with baby potatoes on the side. To get the full mounty, the tomato toasts and ibérico ham make for a full Spanish fiesta.

Katie R
Staff Writer

Very cool place - located in the converted crypt of a church opposite Windrush Square, so it has a slightly Spanish gothic feel to it. The wine is good and reasonably priced (so is the Sangria!) and the party atmosphere comes at weekends, when there tends to be live music until late. 

Aisha Miller


I love this place. It's cavernous but manages to feel intimate even when empty. They have a fantastic range of tapas that covers the comforting basics but also has something for the more adventurous. It is quality food, generously portioned (for tapas), and it tastes fantastic. The range of wine is also really good - I was impressed that they stock my favourite Prado Del Ray and at a just about reasonable price! I have been back time and again - it makes a very nice change from the Brixton Village crowd.