Convenience stores are ten-a-penny on every British high street, but Cornercopia takes a singular approach to the modern corner shop. Chef Ian Riley and owner Anne Fairbrother channeled their passion for hyperlocal produce into an artisanal grocery store with an adjoining bistro. The larder of the shop is stuffed with homegrown produce cultivated only a mile or two away from Brixton Village, sometimes using ingredients bought from within the market itself. You’ll find everything from mango ketchup to honey collected from South London bees and chutneys and jams made from fruit foraged from nearby Brockwell Park (the tamarind chutney and damson jam are particularly good). The bistro doesn’t disappoint, either, with a menu that also leans heavily on locally sourced, foraged, or grown ingredients. Chef Riley then channels his raw materials into simple, modern British tapas that allow the freshness of the ingredients to shine through. A typical spring menu might pair pork rillettes with cornichon, beetroot goat curd and pumpkin seed salad, black pudding with in-house bacon jam, and spiced date pudding with salted caramel and ginger custard to finish off. You can wash lunch down with a fine bottle of the Gribble Bridge Ortega Dry white wine from the Biddenden vineyard, the oldest winery in Kent.
Unit 65 Brixton Village; 44-07/91-9542-233; Cornercopia; sharing plates from US$10; drinks from US$7.50