Space Makers / Space Changers
What excited us in our early days here in Brixton Village were the almost endless possibilities of transformation and the possibilities of what a tiny empty shop could become.
Working with Spacemakers five years ago we saw empty units become tiny theatres and cinemas which in turn evolved into tea parlours and cleverly compact restaurants. Whilst some people have replicated what turned out to be a good business idea in new locations, we chose to experiment with new ideas in the same place – some of these ideas flowing into more empty units. Over and the past five years we have hardly stood still. The little shop unit that was once empty for 15 years and now hosts our home store has also been a venue for chutney making and design workshops, a gallery space for local artists, a dinning room seating 18 by a cosy wood burning stove in the winter and a seasonal cocktail bar called ‘The Botanical’ in the summer.
The original Cornercopia – ‘corner shop with a difference’ evolved from a larder of local produce with just one table serving food, into a restaurant seating up to 60 and hosting local weddings. Last year it hosted many guest chefs starting their journey in the food business and over 45 women in a food start up program that we ran in collaboration with the Joined up Food Network and Westminser Enterprise.
A New Kitchen
Anyone who has passed by in the past few weeks will have noticed things changing once more! Our restaurant kitchen is going back to the corner unit at number 65 – where it was when we first opened and the story of Cornercopia began. Though it will be much better and more ergonomic now we have got better at doing things in tiny spaces!
We are aiming for the kitchen refit to be finished early next week and the restaurant open from 19th March, with a welcome return of guest chef Blue Jay (see below)
An expanded Homestore
With the kitchen re-located the Cornercopia Home Store will get much needed space to expand – Our new store will have kitchenware, household and outdoor goods on the left, textiles, bathroom, handmade and locally designed goods on the right. We are also considering a regular ‘makers window’ – where you will be able to see spoons carved, baskets woven or books bound. If you know someone who might like a mini residency in our window, do let us know – as always we are open to curious ideas.
Workshops and other Events
Once the re-fits are finished and the new kitchen and Homestore open we will announce news of more workshops for foodies and a rather special series of events in another ‘secret’ space we have been transforming…
Blue Jay returns! – From Thursday 19th March
After a very well received brunch-pop up in February, Blue Jay (aka chef Sherri Dymond ) is returning for a residency at Cornercopia. Sherri was chef at Cornercopia prior to working for one of our favourite & award winning neighbourhood restaurants. She will be back with a lunch and dinner menu full of seasonal and market sourced ingredients – Modern British with a twist.
Kitchen & Larder update
We are currently doing a re-fit /re-organisation of our kitchen space – all will be revealed soon but we have some exciting plans ahead for the Cornercopia Kitchen and Homestore! As a result are not currently taking restaurant bookings.
Our Home store is open as usual – Wednesday to Sunday 11 am – 6pm and we should also have some exciting news about the Homestore soon!
Food Start up Workshops
Thanks to everyone who has enquired about our Food start up workshops for women. We are planning some more and will post info about these and our other food events we are involved with soon soon
Serving up a festive alternative to mulled wine or cider this December, the community focused Real Tea People are setting up Tea and Alcohol at Brixton Cornercopia on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout December to introduce its selection of tea based cocktails to Brixton.
They have also employed an ex-inmate of Brixton prison in the kitchen, through the mentoring charity Switchback.
As their name articulates Tea and Alcohol will serve classic “cocktails made better by tea” so expect warming Ceylon Whisky Toddies and Hot Arrack Chai as well as Grey and Tonics and English Breakfast Martinis.
After launching last weekend, Tea and Alcohol returns to Brixton Cornercopia (65 Brixton Village Market, Granville Arcade SW9 8PS) this weekend (6.30pm – 11pm Fridays and Saturdays in December – 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th and 27th).
Facebook: Tea and Alcohol
The Happy Coconut, a Malaysian pop-up specialising in delicious laksa will be coming to Cornercopia from Thursday 13th until Saturday 15th of November (bookings are recommended)
Laksa is a spicy and super tasty coconut broth filed with veggies or chicken in the classic version. Laksa makes makes a superb, healthy and warming November dish.
Here is a sneak preview of their wheat-free menu
– Rice paper parcels of Asian greens with a warm coconut lime dip – £5
– A selection of soy marinated chicken served with fresh satay sauce – £5.60
– Classic laksa with roast chicken, prawns and cockles, served with a side of our house chilli sambal £11
– Aromatic laksa with ginger, aubergine and green bean, served with a side of our house chilli sambal £9.50
– Coconut cheesecake with poached caramel peanuts £5
– Hot Chocolate-Milo pudding with condensed milk ice-cream £5
Menu and prices are indicative, minor adjustments may be needed on the night.
To book please email email@example.com with details of the desired time, day, number of people and any allergies.
We are very happy that Wild Serai will be back at Cornercopia for a weekend of Delicious Malaysian streetfood. We were at their recent Chili crab shack and the flavours were superb! Wild Serai will be celebrating some of Malaysia’s best streetfood dishes at their weekend long pop up at Cornercopia from Thursday 20th – Saturday 22nd November and here is their menu:
Malaysian Street Food Supper – £27
Complimentary welcome cocktail – lemongrass infused Margarita
Keropok – Fluffy Prawn Crackers
Malaysian chicken satay served with a tangy peanut sauce
Nasi Lemak – fragrant jasmine rice cooked in coconut milk served with a spicy prawn sambal, peanuts, anchovies, egg served with beef rendang ( tender beef stew infused in 15 different spices and slow cooked for 5 hours) and nyonya fried chicken
Bubur cha cha – Classic Malaysian desert of sago , sweet potato, banana, coconut milk and palm sugar
Cengkodok – Fried banana balls
Reservations can be made through Edible Experiences
Guest Chef Alex Motture has created his Shnitzel Tuesday menu especially for Brixton Village. Not to be missed!