Eating and drinking in Brixton: Pt.1 – The Laundry

We love Brixton. Specifically – eating and drinking in Brixton.

And now, our favourites over at The Laundry have launched their weekly BYO day every Tuesday. As if you needed an excuse to pick up a delicious bottle from our Specialist bar in Pop Brixton, to enjoy alongside your meal with NO corkage charge.

Of course, we’re experts on our wines – and their menu. So we thought we’d give you a helping hand for what to pick up, depending on what you fancy eating – and all without breaking the bank.


Bavette steak and frites

Steak-frites is a Laundry all-time fave. In fact, it’s been the standout bestseller on the list since the restaurant opened its doors. Plus, it’s served up with the unfairly underrated Cafe de Paris butter – an amazing mix of butter, mustard, thyme, spice… we could go on.

Our wine choice = the Millton Crazy by Nature Cosmo Red. Malbec and steak are a combo as old as time, and there’s heaps of it in this blend. Syrah adds a nice black pepper and lifted spice element which holds its own against the flavoursome butter, too.


Pea & herb fritters with beetroot pesto, quinoa & seeded dukkah

A top pick for the vegans here! These pea, polenta and herb fritters – with all the trimmings – are the perfect pair with a Loveblock Tee Sauvignon Blanc. Which, notably, is not only also vegan – but also made with green tea instead of sulphur. Meaning, all round, it’s a much more environmentally-friendly wine.

Aromatic enough to balance with the delicate flavours of pea, beetroot and herb, but acidic enough to cut through the richer polenta, the Loveblock will have you singing the praises of the vegan life. Trust us.


Black truffle and burrata tortellini (with heaps of parmesan)

Mmmm, fresh pasta. Who doesn’t love it – particularly when it comes laden with black truffle, parsley, and ALL the cheese? We’re matching this up with one of our favourite reds, the Akitu A2 Pinot Noir. Supple, silky and with a warm texture, it’s restrained enough to allow the truffle and umami notes to shine. But, its sweet cherry and floral character balances out the savouriness of the dish, too. And balance is key!


Crispy pork belly with tamarind aioli and Asian slaw

Pork belly has to be one of our top 5 fave foods of all time. But, it can tend towards the fatty side – meaning it needs a wine with good acidity to cut through it, and keep things refreshing! 

Of course, we have the answer – the Ataraxia Sauvignon Blanc. Elegant, mineral, and vibrant, with heaps of crisp citrus notes, it’s a great counter to heavier pork dishes. Plus, its aromatic profile goes particularly well with the Asian flavours that inspire the aioli and slaw accompaniments.


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Closed, for now

Specialist Cellars has paused its virtual doors for now. We’re still open and operating at our Pop Brixton store this Summer. You can also visit us 7 days a week at The Laundry Restaurant for sublime food, wine and coffee @brixtonlaundry.

Any outstanding vouchers can be redeemed at The Laundry or Pop Brixton store. Sadly we can no longer redeem these online.

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