Start your day the Beastly way! Opening at 7.30 am on weekdays and 8:30 am on weekends, the Beast of Brixton's new cafe offers bacon rolls, savoury hot croissants, freshly baked pastries and moreish Alchemy coffee specially blended for the venue. (But you'll probably travel for the toasties).
Introducing: The Kimcheese
Korean food is happy food, so imagine how happy co-founders Jimmy and Will were on realising that kimchi is a next level toasted sandwich ingredient! Add ham or tuna, or just have it straight up with their house blend of cheddar, mozzarella and Gruyere cheeses. They've taken an ancient, traditional food and slapped it in a toastie to create the ultimate in East meets West lunchables.
Toasties and sarnies don't stop there. There's the Pulled Chicken Pesto Toastie with sun-dried tomatoes, Aubergine & Harissa Houmous vegan friendly sandwich, a Tuna, Crispy Seaweed and Wasabi Mayo sarnie and satisfying classics like the BLT and Ham, Cheese & Spring Onion.
Customers can take their lunches to the next level with Disco Hot Sauce. This scotch bonnet-laden, Panamanian-style hot sauce recipe is blended to the sound of four-to-the-floor disco music locally in Brixton. Small batch Disco Hot Sauce is what Sriracha sauce wakes up and wishes it saw in the mirror. It's your mouth's next best friend, you can have it with your toasties or buy it by the bottle.
Among locals who have enthused about the new opening is popular historian Tom Holland, who tweeted: "Huge excitement in Brixton as Opus, after a long period of transitioning, emerges at last into the light of day as @beastofbrixton..."
With a laid-back atmosphere, playlists comprising an eclectic and discerning mix of tracks and even beer for your dog (seriously), the Beast of Brixton is now as entertaining during the day as its upstairs bar is on Friday and Saturday nights. Not forgetting their famous Sunday Roasts, which draw in a huge crowd every week.
The Beast Of Brixton is a proudly independent neighbourhood cafe, bar and kitchen owned and run by James Duke-Evans and Will Nelson. Founded in 2015, The Beast, as it is affectionately known, has become a favourite among in the know Brixtonians and Claphamites for it's sell-out premium Sunday roast, top floor parties and warm, refreshingly unpretentious welcome. Now with three storeys on Acre Lane, The Beast has garnered a steady stream of 5* reviews. www.thebeastofbrixton.co.uk
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