Naughty Piglets

Restaurants, Contemporary European Brixton
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A ‘natural’ wine bar with perfectly matched small-plates menu.

Some time ago, the cider makers of France sat down to figure out a better way of marketing their boozy apple juice. ‘I know,’ piped up one. ‘We can call it “natural wine” and sell it abroad!’

This story about the origins of the drink don’t bear close scrutiny, but it would explain why so many ‘natural wines’ and ‘orange wines’ sold in the UK could pass for dry ciders in blind tastings. The term ‘vin naturel’ was revived in France in the 1980s to describe wines that use natural fermentation with little intervention in the winemaking process, often with unpredictable results. But there are also enthusiasts who love the wines’ distinctively different character.

Fortunately, such wines – like cider – go well with steamed mussels or clams. And Margaux Aubry, the Lyon-born proprietor of Naughty Piglets in Brixton (pictured), is well aware of this. Her wine list is predominantly natural, with the remainder organic.

The brief blackboard menu is prepared in the basement kitchen by Aubry’s husband, Joe Sharratt (pictured). Beside those plump steamed mussels in bonito butter are other classic small plates such as fatty duck rillettes, or a simple salad of black tomatoes topped with shavings of salted ricotta. Less expected is a remarkably good slab of Korean-style pork belly, steamed then grilled and served with a gochujang (chilli-miso) dip and crisp lettuce leaves. A good-sized portion costs a mere £9.

Desserts are great too: scoops of chocolate mousse are served with crisp almond tuiles, dulce de leche and a crumble infused with white chocolate.

The back room is more secluded, the front room convivial. Many passers-by book a table on the spot. Maybe you’ll be next to raise your glass of vin naturel to this little hotspot of Anglo-French cultural exchange.

By: Guy Dimond

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Venue name: Naughty Piglets
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Address: 28 Brixton Water Lane
London
SW2 1PE
Opening hours: Lunch served Wed-Thurs noon-2.30pm, Fri-Sat noon-3pm. Dinner served Tues-Sat 6pm-10pm.
Transport: Tube: Brixton.
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £70.
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Ladyvp
Tastemaker

Went last night for diner and luckily got a table without reservation. I would not recommend this. It got really packed and they could only seat us for 1 hour. When 5 minutes were approaching the hour we were handed the bill so they werent lying! I loved this tiny place. We tried 5 of the dishes and each were amazing. My favourite was the crab and the cod. The wine list is impressive and prices are not bad at all! Will come again.

Aysha F

Delicious food, great wine, lovely friendly atmosphere and owner Margaux is awesome.

Aysha F

Delicious food, great wine, lovely friendly atmosphere and owner Margaux is awesome.

Juliette L

THE place to absolutely know in London!! Naughty Piglets is an excellent restaurant with an unique concept and an amazing wine menu. The meals are delicious, the ambiance is delightful and the team is wonderful. What else??! The owners are a very nice French couple, who really deserve all the congratulations, best wishes and lot of success in their emerging story. "Long live the Naughty Piglets!"
Highly recommanded to get it tried...and adopted, for sure!
Juliette L.

Chloe S

I love this restaurant, the food, atmosphere and the staff are the best, please check it out, a real find!

Ruth J
Tastemaker

Located on Brixton Water Lane, opposite the well known Hootannay, Naughty Piglets is just a hop skip and jump (or 3-4minutes on a bus) from Brixton station. Absolutely gorgeous little wine bar perfect for a catch up but really the main reason to go here is the exquisite food. After hearing rave reviews I went here for lunch on a Sunday (bit of warning the kitchen closes at 3pm on a Sunday) and the place was a hive of activity and delicious smells. We enjoyed the ham croquettes(you simply must, best croquette I've ever had) and shared the crab and pork belly with the mousse to finish. Each course as glorious and decadent as the next. The service is excellent and there is a really nice atmosphere, the food is melt in your mouth and genuinely took me aback how good it was. Considering the high standard of cuisine it is exceptionally well priced. I will 100% return, great for any occasion or just a wonderful treat. Best meal I have had in a long time. Booking in advance is advisable.

Davina L

Knowledgeable Staff, fab inventive food, great drinks and a bustling atmosphere. I go as often as I can.

Kelly Dale S

This was by far the best restaurant experience I've had in South London. A wonderful atmosphere, delicious food and lovely staff. The best.

Leah P
tastemaker

I was recommended this place by a chef friend of mine who said it was the best place in London to eat. Hidden in brixton past hootanannys which is a little bit of a walk from the tube station. The menu is set but you don't have to order everything :) but you will want to. Although run by a French couple, everyone appeared to be authentically French (with smiles). I went as a two and we ordered 5 dishes, which came out in order as per menu. All dishes were perfect in every way & I stand by- the best food in London & priced right. We turned up on opening doors during a week day so they were able to accommodate us but I would prebook to avoid disappointment.. Oh & also - go as 4- just so you can order & try everything on the menu! Bosh!

jokani

I got taken here for a birthday treat by my sister and I absolutely loved it. Fantastic food, great wine and friendly, attentive service. The atmosphere was buzzy but not too loud in such a small space. Book early and try this place out, It's so worth it and I guarantee you'll be back for more. The only downside (I would have knocked off half a star if I could) was that the chairs were not comfortable. After a couple of glasses of amazing wine, I have to say, I stopped noticing though.  

John F

Consistently delicious food and an extensive wine list (if limited on those by the glass) make this a real pleasure to have just round the corner. Feels like a real restaurant which, for all the food on offer in Brixton, is pretty rare.

L M

Food is to die for and the owner and staff are great, a lovely little addition to Brixton