Last Thursday I spent the evening in Brixton. The first for many years. Although I spent around two years living on Acre Lane, the road that leads from the centre of Brixton through to Clapham Common, I have spent little time in the area recently. Brixton has tended to be a transit lounge for me passing through by car, bus or train but not stopping.
Last Thursday it was different as I was invited to dinner at Courtesan, an excellent and innovative dim sum restaurant on the Atlantic Road, to meet Jeremy Dineen, the winemaker for Josef Chromy in Tasmania, whose 2011 Chardonnay had won an international trophy at the Decanter World Wine Awards dinner the night before.
I was totally unprepared for the recent changes in Brixton – the buzzy market area full of places to eat. I had time for a quick look around the market before moving on to Atlantic Road passing the new Chix & Buck venture – The Wine Parlour on the corner of Vining Street and Atlantic Road.