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Squire and Partners in Lambeth

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by ricbake, Mar 25, 2017.

  1. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    I walked past the other day (also on way to post office) and it seemed to be open to everyone. I noted that the people sitting inside appeared surprisingly unhipsterly, one group obviously fresh out of tk maxx given the pile of shopping bags squaahed against the window.
     
  2. bimble

    bimble uber-hippy twonk peanut

  3. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I went past about 7 pm yesterday and it was rammed.
    Part of a chain (of two) I see.
    "The 4,579sq ft restaurant and bar in Brixton will be designed by Red Deer and split across two levels.
    The menu will be inspired by Italian street food and offer fresh pasta and pizza, made with 48 hour fermented pizza dough and cooked in the all-wood oven imported from Modena in Italy.
    Customers will be able to choose drinks from a cocktail trolley or be waited on by booking a bartender who will conjure up a mix of creative cocktails for the table.
    A still will be shipped from the US to enable the team to make their own gin from the on-site distillery. Small batch Canova Gin and Martello Gin will be on sale in both sites.
    Sarah Weir, founder of Albion and East said: “This is such an exciting project with so many amazing people involved. Brixton is a close-knit and vibrant community, like Hackney, and we are privileged to become part of it.”
    Albion and East supported by the Imbiba Partnership, a specialist start up investor."
     
  4. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    I don't get it. Are fresh pizza and pasta Italian street food?
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2017
  5. urbanspaceman

    urbanspaceman Well-Known Member

  6. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    The place looks utterly amazing. Looking forward to seeing.
     
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  7. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    This fucking "street food" hipster bullshit really gets on my tits. It's simply dishonest marketing.

     
  8. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Not 100% convinced by the exposed-materials/unfinished renovation look. That's a fad that will probably pass. It's fine for bars and other fit outs that will likely be redone once it goes out of fashion. But this seems like a more serious building and a more long-term renovation. It makes it feel a bit like they are saying they are not in there for the long haul.

    The bits they've "done properly" - the exterior and the new bits on the roof - look great.
     
  9. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    The 'poetry of decay.' Apparently.

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  10. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Same here. Very impressed by what is shown on their website.
     
  11. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    If nothing else, it'll be a bugger to clean.
     
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  12. trabuquera

    trabuquera Modesty Bag

    The refit is impressive and the staff are nice, but overstretched
    Pizzas look OK
    Coffee is dire (there's a reason they're offering 'bottomless' supply for so few £)
    Some of the things coming out of the kitchen are frankly inedible
    It's not fair to judge, because they're only just getting started and from the sound of it having some staffing problems, but my first experience there was shambolic and very disappointing. I'll be back another day to see if they get it together.
     
  13. Angellic

    Angellic Well-Known Member

    Seems very noisy as well.
     
  14. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    #street food authenticity
     
  15. Angellic

    Angellic Well-Known Member

    Rosie's Thai place is just as bad for noise.
     
  16. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I really can't comment. To me street food is fried yam served with coffee with ten sugars beside a main road blocked with traffic in Accra.

    Yesterday having attended the music hall star walk in the Lambeth Archives festival I had a few moments to spare, so I went to the Squires building hoping to catch some of the Brixton Design Trail before it finished.

    Couldn't see anything design related except for the Crafty Fox Market - 3 postcards of Brixton for £9 sort of thing. (Somewhat up market of the Brixton Society!)
    No evidence of Design trail activity at TK Max either, despite the listing.

    What I did want to say though was I went to the fourth floor roof-top restaurant bar at the Squires building. Throbbing with activity - and stunning views across roof-top Brixton. Like a more homely and family-friendly version of the top of the Tate Modern extension.

    I hope they keep admission open to all. Can't tell you what the pricing was mind, as I was too knackered to linger.
     
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  17. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I thought the fourth floor restaurant was for their staff, but I could be wrong. There certainly hasn't been any press releases I've seen advertising a public restaurant.
     
  18. ricbake

    ricbake working out how

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  19. bimble

    bimble uber-hippy twonk peanut

    oh. i am sad to read that the (bottomless) coffee is bad. No point having beautiful gold lettering and beaded lampshades if your coffee is bad.
     
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  20. ricbake

    ricbake working out how

    They have no excuse to have bad coffee - There is a specialist coffee roasting Company two doors up Ferndale Road...
     
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  21. bimble

    bimble uber-hippy twonk peanut

    It could be just they haven't mastered the art of the coffee machine yet, if it's so new and staffing hasn't been sorted out properly.
    Apparently qualified barristas are in very short supply at the moment, someone told me today.
     
  22. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    But anyone who's looking for a decent coffee has to be extremely optimistic to expect top notch stuff as part of an on-trend 'bottomless' deal.
     
  23. bimble

    bimble uber-hippy twonk peanut

    Never thought of myself as an extremely optimistic person before, but yeah I suppose you're right.
     
  24. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

  25. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Oh well, perhaps the coffee will get better once they've been running the place for a bit longer and/or get some feedback about it. But if not, they should certainly vacate the premises forthwith and leave Brixton forever, heads hung in shame, for such unforgivable failure.
     
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  26. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    " The poetry of decay"

    I heard Squires say, a few months back, that they were peeling off layers of the building to reveal its past.

    In the video with Squires senior he says at one point it had been occupied by the government. There was unappealing look to it. The false ceiling tiles seen everywhere.

    This "poetry of decay" reminds of photos of Detroit. A dying city once the car industry went. Also reminds me of the "follies" built in the grounds of the rich a few hundred years ago.

    The past the Squires wrote out of history was when the government occupied it. This building is not about revealing the past. It's a rich man's "folly".

    Detroit is a city in decay. This building is made to look as though it's been frozen in a moment of decay. But it's artificial.
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2017
  27. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  28. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I'm not surprised that they've declined to reveal how much this all cost because it must have been a fortune.

     
  29. sparkybird

    sparkybird ask the bird...

    I guess it's like designer clothes. If you need to ask the price, you can't afford it!
    Great space for the staff though!
     
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  30. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Does anyone know anything about this member's club that opening up stairs?

    I'd love to know how much this project cost because it must have been monster $$$$$!

     

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