Another solid Peckham offering to add to locals' hit-lists, this time set in a convivial garage lot behind the ever-popular Bussey Building.
‘Peckham for the peckish!’ as Alexei Sayle once sang. It may have seemed farcical at the time, but the comedian’s throwaway line has come true as SE15 is turning into a destination for the adventurous diner. And if you don’t explore the area’s nooks and crannies, you miss out on some of its liveliest offerings.
It’s not easy to find The Nines, an unprepossessing garage lot tucked behind the Bussey Building, a thriving events space and nightclub; you wonder how anyone finds it. But even though we were among only a handful of diners at the restaurant’s communal tables when we visited on a Wednesday night, the owners assured us the place is heaving at weekends. That’s when the area’s clued-up, plugged-in, social-media-savvy set comes out to play.
The menu’s as eclectic as The Nines’s wide-ranging list of events. Rich duck rillettes and tangy macaroni cheese rubbed shoulders with delectably crisp tempura lemon sole and garlicky pearl barley, red cabbage and pickled grape salad. High-quality ingredients and adroitly balanced flavours pointed to a steady hand in the kitchen. The only slight disappointment was the tiny dessert, a thimble of lemon posset that left us wanting more.
But hey: prices are reasonable, staff earnest, and the attractive space is warm, welcoming and utilitarian enough to host events ranging from indie baby discos to psychedelic guitar gigs.
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Brunch here is awesome! When the weather is nice the outside atmosphere and fresh smoothies make for a great start to the weekend.
Since its revamp the Nines has become a fixture on my Peckham calendar. The cocktails are killer and the events line up has repeatedly impressed a couple of my 'east London is better than south' friends.
I they have really nice ales as well and also THAT MAC AND CHEESE. Only downside is its a little hard to describe where it is to friends so I normally meet them at the station.
Red Stripe cans fresh from the "four for four pounds" wrapper, served warm, for £3.50 a pop. They confiscate the can if you want to take it outside (into the car park). Standard faux-industrial knocked together decor. Filled with people who look like they work in marketing or media or something. This sort of place is turning South London into a laughing stock.
Probably the most ill concieved, unoriginal, boring place i've been in a while. If your idea of a good time is to waste it, watch paint dry or by beginning to hate yourself go here, otherwise go some where good... Lerryns, Refreshment rooms, Brick, Forza win, Bar Story, Ali Ba Bar …KFC