New kid on the Brook
Mid March saw the opening of Brook House situated in the former site of the Southern Cross pub at 65 New King’s Road. Since that pub shut its doors there were two more, one with an upstairs theatre and after that a French wine/cheese offering.
Since the closure of that establishment, locals worried that a local venue would be lost when the building was boarded up for redevelopment with flats above. Then a new account and an Instagram teaser campaign came up on our radar billing Brook House as “Fulham’s missing ingredient”. Although that maybe a stretch, we are lucky to have so many wonderful eateries in our neighbourhood, this venue is most definitely a welcome addition to the area. Brought to us by Mark Dyer and Eamonn Manson who also brought us The Sands End and The Brown Cow (which they sold in 2017) they describe their latest venture as a “healthy mix of restaurant, pub and bar, Brook House is, we feel, a venue Fulham needs. Rustic, relaxed and welcoming to all.”
Urban Village Ldn having watched the space change from building site to a refreshed, elegant facade and a space with cool yet quirky interiors (spot the tongue in cheek portrait on one of the walls) went to check it out one Sunday lunch. Despite the slow start on the service front and feeling slightly neglected on a corner table this was soon forgiven as the meal was deemed delicious without exception by our party of four. We were all starving so after a round of “bloody good” Bloody Marys we dove into the herb gnocchi, roast beef and roast cod. Honestly, we couldn’t fault the food and felt that the price we paid for it was reasonable for the fantastic meal we were served; our compliments to the chef. We’ve since been back on a Friday evening and the service was much improved, the staff lovely as well as knowledgeable and the atmosphere was vibrant.
The venue is light, bright and airy looking out across the New King’s Road onto Eelbrook Common. The space has a stunning bar, old school art, exposed brickwork, wooden tables, a fabulous centrally placed tree and feels unique by design giving the space it’s own individual identity.
Brook House has got us locals covered for lunch, dinner, Sunday roast and their all day menu allows for a nice glass of something with a variety of dishes to choose from including (but not yet tried) truffle brie on toast, chicken croquettes and or perhaps a cheese or charcuterie plate to share?
Urban Village Ldn will definitely be going back for more especially when their cocktail menu has been created. We are loving having Brook House on our patch and the fact they allow dogs endears them to us even more!
Urban Village Ldn paid for this lunch
The Agewell Project Book
The Agewell Project is a site created five years ago by writer, author Annabel Abbs and TV producer and cookbook author Susan Saunders “for anyone who wants to make the second half of their life as healthy, happy and disease free as possible”. Both Fulham residents in their fifties they were fed up with “all the talk about anti-ageing and believe “aging should be accepted and enjoyed”. After reading hundreds of studies and talking to numerous experts The Agewell Project Book was next. Out on 2 May, this is a handbook compilation of health advice for those in mid and later life and includes information on what to eat, how to exercise, sleep better.
Eel Brook Common Playground re-opens
After being closed for over six weeks little Fulhamites finally get to check out the revamped playground on Eel Brook Common. All the equipment has been refreshed, upgraded and some new pieces have been added including a rather cool looking pirate ship.
New tables and benches have also been added, so Mums and Dads can take the weight off whilst keeping a watchful eye.
Waffle Pop UK
Have you been to Waffle Pop UK yet? Urban Village Ldn recently made a visit to this shop which opened in January located in the Fulham Plaza on North End Road for a naughty but nice treat after school! The husband and wife team running this new Fulham enterprise serve up delicious waffles on sticks coated in warm chocolate and toppings including classic hundreds and thousands which we opted for.
They also create and serve smoothies and milkshakes for the very reasonable price of £2. We’re liking the look of their Caribbean Queen made of mango, bananas, Greek yoghurt, orange, mango juice and chia seeds. Yet to try the smoothies looks like we’ll have to go back - any excuse!