Series one, episode two
It’s not quite a hallucinogenic voyage on a Ben Fogle scale. But that nice Kate Humble gets stuck into some coca leaves tonight after a long slog through the hills of Peru takes it out of her. After last week’s Afghanistan excursion, she’s in South America checking out the alpacas and the people who farm them.
And, much like the series opener, it’s amiable without seeming quite sure of its purpose. Is it a travelogue? A polemic on behalf of small-scale farming? A reminder to harassed UK farmers to count their blessings? What it certainly is, however, is a vehicle for Kate Humble. And, as she bonds with her impecunious hosts, gets her hands dirty on the farm and describes a female alpaca as ‘gagging for it’, she’s hard not to like. Even so, this feels pretty inconsequential.
Brown and Green Crystal Palace
With the arrival of the ‘Ginger line’ in Crystal Palace has come a refurb of the lofty Victorian station, a new breed of commuter and a branch of Brown & Green to serve them. Tucked into the concourse, and right on the edge of Crystal Palace Park, it’s a grand space brought down to earth with lampshades made from coffee sacks, Formica tables, reclaimed school desks and old Southern Railway signs. You can tuck into brunch favourites such as thick bacon butties on toasted sourdough with rocket and tomato or scrambled eggs and chorizo, or opt for a simple soup. Children come high up in the priorities with wholesome nursery food and treats such as frothy milk with sprinkles, while the breakfast menu includes both vegetarian and vegan compositions. Tea drinkers will appreciate the range of Jenier loose-leaf teas. A refreshing change from the park’s other, decidedly old-school, café. Run by twin sisters Laura and Jess Tilli, this is their second foray into station cafés - the first, much smaller Brown & Green is at Gipsy Hill train station (open 6.30am-2pm Mon-Sat).
Venue says: “Come take a load off whilst devouring a brownie and a hot choc smothered in cream and marshmallows...”