Sandwiched between the busier neighbourhoods of Brixton, Clapham and Vauxhall, it can be easy to overlook Stockwell. The fact that its greatest work of architectural significance is a bus garage, albiet a Grade II-listed one, may not help its cause. But there are several excellent pubs well-worth a pit-stop, and the area has the largest Portuguese community outside the Iberian peninsula, making it the best place in Britain to sample pastel de nata (that Portuguese delicacy, the custard tart).
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A Portuguese bar and restaurant in Lambeth, still in family hands after more than 20 years. Expect a firm Portuguese feel to things here – the staff are all Portuguese, as is most of the food, the drinks and even the football (beamed in via Portugal). Monkfish, octopus and seafood stews are a speciality here, alongside Portuguese paellas and lobster with spaghetti. The menu also includes grilled sardines, sun-dried cod with chickpeas and egg, and carno de porco a Portuguesa – a dish of fried pork, chorizo and peppers. A short wine list sticks to Iberia, with beer from Sagres, Cristal, Super Bock and Preta.
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The Queen's Head
This Brixton pub used to have a reputation for being a bit of a bad influence, keeping its visitors in way past their bedtime with its own special brand of revelry. Today it looks like a more civilised affair, with a focus on locale ales and food nudging toward the gastro. That means draught beers from the likes of By the Horns, Gipsy Hill, Brick, Sambrook's, Portobello Brewing Co and Orbit. There's a solid selection by the bottle, too. The food menu includes poshed-up fish and chips, chicken liver parfait with red onion chutney, salt-fish croquettes with tartare sauce and sea bream with new potatoes and sauce vierge. And if you miss how this place used to be? Live music and DJ nights are probably the closest it gets, just don't expect to get a lock-in until beer o'clock the next day.