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Wildcard Brewery review

In Uncategorized on March 23, 2014 at 4:07 pm

So another article written three weeks after the event. Yes, I suck at this ‘blogging’ lark, I know…

So in the first week that the Wildcard brewery opened my partner and I toddled along. Before we went in we checked out the new home of God’s Own Junkyard in the opposite building. It’s clearly a smaller venue than their old place just down the road. But I think the forced clear out/up has done them good and the smaller collection seemed a bit more tightly displayed. Great news that they will do the new signage on the upcoming Selbourne Walk revamp.

After being dazzled by neon we headed over to Wildcard Brewery. We got a very warm reception before being told about their ales. I had their hoppy pale ale and my partner had the Jack of Clubs ruby ale. Fortunately they also do very reasonably priced take out. I got a couple of bottles of Jack and a couple from other London craft beer companies (Hackney Brewing and Five Points).

As you can see they have some basic seating and tables made out of cable drums. So yes kids, more shabby chic! The log burning stove does warm the place literally and aesthetically. I expect the place to get cosier over time.

When we went they ‘did’ food by ordering and delivering pizza from a nearby place (not Eat17). But now the market hip darling Chips With Dips is now doing food there. I look forward to trying them out on my next visit.

If you love real ale and local business please give them your support. I think Wildcard add a special flavour to the area and are something we can be proud of.

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Village Kitchen Brunch review

In Uncategorized on March 2, 2014 at 8:49 pm

While on the way to the Wildcard brewery (review later) we decided to stop off in Orford road for brunch. The little cafés were busy so we ended up in the Village Kitchen

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Many years ago the ‘VK’ was on Hoe street and we went there often. So it was nice to go in and give the new place a try.The décor is quite smart with very ‘restaurant’ furnishings. Velvety chairs. So no ‘Shabby Chic’ here!

I went for the American breakfast; sausage, bacon slice,  fried egg, maple syrup and 3 halves of pancake (why three halves? What happens to the fourth?). My partner had an egg on toast with chorizo option. Both were very nice but at £6 each this isn’t your cheap high street fry up.

It was a lot quieter than the other eateries; I’d place it between cafe and Eat17 as an option. It has quite limited space but I think makes a nice alternative for a smaller party who haven’t booked Eat17 a week in advance!