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Three Little Birds

Restaurants, Caribbean Brixton
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Lord Sugar might have thought twice about chucking April Jackson off the last series of ‘The Apprentice’, had he known the Jamaican beauty queen would bounce back with an impressive Caribbean cafe like Three Little Birds. Not that’s she’s bothered. Her funky little Brixton hangout comes with a philosophy of good vibes, naturally inspired by Bob Marley and his 1977 song that gives the venue its name. She’s even got a wall displaying the reggae star’s merch for sale.

But we’re not here for that. The varied and reasonably priced menu is the main draw, along with the well-stocked rum bar. And a quick whiff of the food says that someone knows how to throw down in the kitchen.

Starters like the salt fish fritters were terrific: piping hot, wonderfully salty and chunky and with an ample serving of sweet chilli sauce. By comparison, the plantain seemed shrunken and a little greasy. My goat curry may have been on the small side, but the meat was tender, the sauce well-spiced, plus it came with rice and peas. And the jerk veggie beanburger was layered with coleslaw, onions and smoky mayo. The puds are more straightforward, but still delicious: let’s face it, a moist, sweet and crumbly rum cake is just how you want to end a meal.

So, hats off to you, April. Three Little Birds is a cool local spot that spares you the worry of paying too much for food or service that doesn’t hit the mark. Every little thing is gonna be all right, at the very least, and often even better than that.

Details

Address: 412 Coldharbour Ln
London
SW9 8LF
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around£60
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Users say (7)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Tastemaker

I got the New Market as takeaway and was pleasantly surprised at the flavour; the coconut really shown through in the creamy greens and the bammy was light and completed the callaloo nicely! However, I agree with the other reviewers that the portion and price don’t match as £9 for that small dish was just too much. Then again it tasted far better than the food I had at Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen earlier that night!

Tastemaker

I love small independent establishments and this cosy little cafe/restaurant/bar is just up my street and perfect for a quiet drink away from the heaving Brixton hotspots.

We popped into Three Little Birds for a cocktail and I was delighted with their signature cocktail list as the same cocktails get boring very quickly. We opted for the cherry gardens and sweet spot, neither of which disappointedat all. A word of warning; the sweet spot contains a cararmalised scotch bonnet so although it provides some sweetness it still has plenty of heat in it so don't get too close!

Tastemaker

Three Little Birds is an awesome joint in Brixton serving up a taste of the Caribbean. I had a tasty burger and a fiery rum punch - when I say fiery, I mean that a scotch bonnet had been rubbed around the rim of the glass...definitely not one for the faint hearted. As it gets later into the evening, the music gets turned up and the lights get turned down, and there is a definite party atmosphere in the bar. To add to the excitement, I bumped into the one and only April Jackson who founded this place after her stint in the Apprentice! Overall, it was a great night and I would defs recommend it :)


Amazing Rum & Jamaican atmosphere, heart of Brixton. Here is where it's at bitches


I've visited this place twice for cocktails, lovely little bar but lacking in something I can't quite put my finger on, on my second visit the place was freezing so we kept our coats on and left after one drink, cocktails are delicious but what is annoying is they add a 12.5 service charge just to hand the drinks to you so for that reason alone I will not be going here again (didn't notice this the first time) I don't think it's a high end club which warrants the service charge for drinks, no thanks

Tastemaker

If I liked spice this place would definitely get 4* but I am no good with it - like AT ALL! And boy does this place put a lotta spice in their stuff. I tried their spicy beef slider and although it was tasty, it was too spicy for me. Alongside that I had a chilli mojito which I thought might give a little kick but it was literally unbearable! 

The place itself has a cool vibe and the people there are really friendly. Unfortunately I won't be back because I literally couldn't eat anything there again but would recommend for any spice fiends!

Tastemaker

This is a lovely little bar that my friend and I stumbled upon on a Friday night after a gig at The Brixton Academy whilst looking for a place to have a chilled drink. The cocktails were excellent, the atmosphere pretty nice and the staff friendly. I ordered a snack of tasty sweet potato fries and saw some delicious looking food appear on the table next to us, so I'd definitely pop in again if I was in the area and sample some dishes....


The only two downsides, were the kitchen being right next to the loos and with no curtain or door and the big fluorescent light seeped into the low-lit bar which killed some of the atmosphere. I'd also be happier if they got rid of the pretentious menu they put on the table when you arrive, in a frame, with no prices and only a tiny choice of cocktails. I immediately felt uncomfortable having to check the prices and also was a little confused, did they not serve rum here? Where was the rum list? Or was I supposed to ask. In the end I opted for a cocktail (with rum of course), which was delicious and normally priced at £8 a glass, so all turned out well in the end. But please, full normal menu with prices will do thanks, this isn't The Ritz!

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