Clink Chef Ambassador Cyrus Todiwala coming to Clink Brixton

Celebrated chef Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL is hosting a special evening at The Clink Restaurant at Brixton Prison to raise vital funds to support The Clink’s ongoing commitment to prisoner rehabilitation and reducing reoffending rates.

Todiwala, who is a chef ambassador for The Clink charity, will invite guests to ‘explore the culinary flavours of India’ with a five-course menu. The evening will begin with drinks and canapés, before serving coconut wrapped fish and curried mince lamb. Other dishes on the menu include Indian-style apricot chicken and caramelised onion rice, sprinkled with spice dust. To finish, guests can indulge in Cyrus’s famous baked custard, flavoured with cardamon, nutmeg and rose scent.

Tickets are £49.50 per person. Places are limited and must be booked in advance in order to attend. Please email brixton@theclinkrestaurant.com for more information and to book your table.

Brixton Hill featured in the New York Times “proving that cool doesn’t have to come with a high price tag”

ny-timesBrixton Hill has been featured in the New York Times Travel section as an up-and-coming destination, the pitch being that our locally-owned businesses “are successfully eschewing the onslaught of gentrification and proving that cool doesn’t have to come with a high price tag.”

The article highlights the stretch of Brixton Hill around the White Horse, including Alkaline juice bar, the Fish Lounge, Negril, F.Mondays and Kata Kata.

One local resident told the NYT, “It’s the music and cultural history that made all the developers want to come to Brixton in the first place. On Brixton Hill that creative community spirit is still alive; this area is for real people.”

Francklin of Kata Kata said he appreciates the authenticy of Brixton Hill. “My customers are local and happy to be in a place that is relaxed and fair with basic prices and honesty. That’s what this area is really good at, it’s honest… we want to keep Brixton Hill as it is. It should be the place where a 60-year-old resident can spend an afternoon across the table from a local politician.”

New pizzeria planned on Brixton Hill – alcohol licence applied for

High Spirits, Brixton HillThe owners of 105 Brixton Hill, until recently the ‘High Spirits’ off licence and convenience store, have applied for an alcohol licence to be able to serve alcohol in a restaurant setting. The application is under the title of ‘Pizza Brixton’, giving some clue about the likely type of restaurant planned!

The application requests sale of alcohol throughout their opening hours – 11am to 11.30pm every day.

Representations objecting to or supporting this application, or suggesting conditions for a licence, can be made by emailing licensing@lambeth.gov.uk by 17/11/2016.

More information here. Comments should address one or more of the licensing objectives:

  • Preventing crime and disorder;
  • Public safety;
  • Preventing public nuisance; and
  • Protecting children from harm.

Adams Cafe applies for alcohol licence

screenshot-2016-11-07-10-59-00Adams Cafe, the sandwich bar and coffee shop at 86 Brixton Hill, has applied for an alcohol licence. Their request is to be able to serve alcohol alongside meals to seated guests with waiter service, between noon and 10.30pm each day except Sundays until 10pm.

Representations objecting to or supporting this application, or suggesting conditions for a licence, can be made by emailing licensing@lambeth.gov.uk by 18/11/2016.

More information here. Comments should address one or more of the licensing objectives:

  • Preventing crime and disorder;
  • Public safety;
  • Preventing public nuisance; and
  • Protecting children from harm.

Katakata alcohol licence application

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Katakata, the cafe at 134 Brixton Hill, has applied for a licence to sell alcohol.

The application is to sell alcohol from the cafe between 12 noon and 9pm each day, 7pm on Sundays.

Residents have until 27th July to make comments. This can be done online at https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/forms/comment-on-a-licence-application-form

Lambeth’s enforcement team seek to review licence of Serenity Wine Bar

Lambeth Council team dealing with noise and enforcement has made an application to review the licence of Serenity Wine Bar & Restaurant, where there have been several complaints regarding loud music and gathering of patrons outside late at night. Despite meetings organised and warning letters sent, the managers have failed to engage in any way with the Council and residents have continued to complain.

The enforcement team has therefore made an application to amend the licence of the bar to mean that only background music may be played; the hours will be restricted to 11pm every night; late night refreshment will not be allowed; and should any event licences be granted it will be with strict safeguards.

The review will go to Licensing Sub-Committee in the new year. Residents have until 12 January to make their views known. Comments can be emailed to licensing@lambeth.gov.uk and should address the ‘licensing objectives’ – preventing crime & disorder; public safety; prevention of public nuisance; and protecting children from harm. Full details of the review will appear here soon.

Streatham Place McDonald’s refused permission to open 24 hours by Lambeth

McdonaldsFollowing representations by local residents and Brixton Hill councillors, Lambeth’s Licensing Sub-Committee turned down an application by McDonald’s to extend the opening hours of their restaurant on Streatham Place (the South Circular) to 24 hours a day.

Local residents including the residents association complained that 24-hour opening would mean that bright floodlights lit up the houses backing onto the site at unacceptable times of night. There would be a potential increase in noise nuisance, including from drivers and deliveries, and in litter, which are both already matters of concern during ‘normal’ hours in the area. Continue reading

Licensing round-up – True Flavours & former South Beach

This coming week, the Licensing Sub-Committee will hear two applications relating to Brixton Hill. These applications were previously reported here.

True Flavours takeawayPopular Acre Lane takeaway True Flavours is applying to extend its hours until 0530 most mornings. Councillors have objected on the basis of public nuisance, given existing nuisance and anti-social behaviour, including noise, loitering and excessive cooking smells.

On Brixton Hill, the former South Beach Bar is seeking to re-open as the ‘Hilltop Function Room’, as a space for weddings and family events with the potential for a cafe or restaurant upstairs. Councillors have made representations to ensure the necessary conditions to prevent undue nuisance and any return to the anti-social behaviour and criminality associated with South Beach.

The Sub-Committee meeting takes place on Wednesday 11 June at 7pm in the Town Hall. The public are welcome to attend although only those who have made a valid representation are able to speak.

Help us produce Brixton’s new licensing policy

whitehorsePart of what makes Brixton an amazing place to live is the breadth of entertainment. Venues like the Academy, Plan B, the Windmill and Dogstar, pubs like the White Horse and Grand Union and the many places to eat like Negril, Upstairs and Brixton Village have put Brixton on the map and created jobs and investment.

But those of us that live here also value a good night’s sleep, safety and security, and to wake up to clean streets and a pleasant environment. Lambeth Council – and indeed many venues themselves – play their part with patrols, clean-ups, inspections and licensing reviews. As members of the Licensing Committee, Brixton Hill councillors Florence Nosegbe and Martin Tiedemann make sure to make best use of the Council’s powers to ensure public safety and reduction of crime and public nuisance. Continue reading