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Good Places to Eat

For usually reliable and up-to-date info about local eateries I visit the website of Squidbeak.

When in London I like to have Sunday breakfast at Federation Coffee in Brixton Market.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday the best food is available at the Real Food Market at the Southbank Centre behind the Royal Festival Hall. Terry at Whitstable Shellfish catches his fish daily and brings them from the nearby shores of Whitstable in Kent and straight to the Real Food Market in hours. He will split a lobster in half and grill it in front of you and together with some chips you’ll have change from a tenner.

Crêperie Nicolas is the creation of Gill and Keith Wyles. They bring together French crêpes and traditional Breton buckwheat galettes with the finest Italian coffee. I like their apple and cinnamon crepes, but you can go for sweet or savoury. Always delicious.

Love Me Tender could be the best hog roast you will ever try. Free-range pork, slow cooked in its own herby juices served in a ciabatta roll with apple sauce and rocket.

And these are just a few of the treats available at the Real Food Market. Whatever your taste, you’ll find something there to make your mouth water.