At the moment I’m all for seeking out a great neighbourhood bistro.
Intimate and relaxed with a certain charm that is sometimes harder to find from an inner city restaurant.
Llewelyn’s had been on my list for quite some time and eventually I had made the reservation for a Saturday lunch date, a homecoming treat for Mr R on his return from Chicago.
Herne Hill is a residential district in South London on the borders of Brixton and Dulwich. The streets and railway arches around Herne Hill Station are bustling with small businesses and Llewelyn’s can be found here amongst the ‘village’ style parade, situated in a former Victorian dining room.
We were a little early so had time for a wander around first. I particularly loved Jo’s House, a homewares and lifestyle shop, and Herne Hill Books.
On Sundays a farmer’s market takes place in the square.
The clean, minimalistic interiors and delicious looking dishes being posted daily over on the Llewelyn’s Instagram page are what first caught my attention and made me want to visit.
In reality, it absolutely lived up to expectations.
Simple, seasonal ingredients are served up from the kitchen overseen by head chef Warren Fleet.
To start I had English asparagus with melted butter, followed by skate, Jersey royals, broad beans and peas. An abundance of Spring time greenery, fresh and delicious. Dessert consisted of a zingy little Sicilian lemon pot with boozy cassis and shortbread. Perfection.
After lunch we went for a stroll around nearby Brockwell Park.
The walled garden was looking really pretty and we spotted fluffy ducklings and cygnets waddling out with their parents near the pond.
If you like a mooch around an antique shop, make a stop by The Society For The Protection Of Unwanted Objects on the way back from the park, laden with vintage objects, retro and antique furniture and collectables.
If you fancy a cocktail, First Aid Box Cocktail Bar is worth a stop or for wonderful coffee (seriously, the best cup of coffee I’ve had in the capital!) pop into Perks & White under the arch in the station.
The residents of Herne Hill are a lucky bunch!
Closed Monday. Card Only.
Tues - Sat lunch/dinner, Sun lunch only.
293–295 Railton Road, Herne Hill, London SE24 0JP