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Still Alive, Still Hungry

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Two months since the last post, for which I must apologise. The problem is twofold:

  1. I’m very busy.
  2. There doesn’t seem to be much happening.

But we do have some actual news now: the Camberwell Arms (formerly The Recreation Ground, formerly The Castle, etc) opened yesterday, to a wave of critical acclaim (on Twitter). Haven’t had the opportunity to get there myself yet, just passed it in a taxi yesterday evening. Looking forward to good food and wine, though. Update: only a trial run on Sunday. Will open ‘hopefully next week’.

Also, if rumour is to be believed it seems that Peter Johansson, owner of his namesake cafe, is suffering from poor health and has decided to sell up. The same rumour-monger indicates that the new owner is ‘Turkish or Lebanese’.

Falafel haven’t closed, they were just redecorating. Looks lovely.

As we move into the eleventh calendar year of this blog (started in 2004) I’m still (always) looking for contributors to pick up my considerable slack. Do please leave a comment or email peter@​camberwellonline.​co.​uk. Much appreciated.

Update: Forgot to mention that the hairdresser, Headnism II, has been sold. The new owner apparently plans to keep on the same staff, so not sure much will change (at least in the short term). You ask me, they should take a leaf out of the book of the black-owned barbers and salons and open until later; kind of ridiculous to have a mostly-empty salon during the week then not be able to get an appointment on Saturdays. I’d love more flexibility of hours to get a haircut.

February 10th, 2014

3 Responses to “Still Alive, Still Hungry”

  1. sg perry says:

    Will be visiting the area in a few weeks. Haven’t been in Camberwell since June, 2010. Has much changed? Hoping to have drinks in Hermits and then a good Indian curry somewhere nearby!

  2. Dagmar says:

    You will not be disappointed, sg perry, by the Hermits or the curries available. The essentials are still here. We will welcome you back like a long lost Hermit or yogi.

  3. grovelaner says:

    yes, Johanssons was sold — last day of business was 22/12 — but was told this was to allow new owner to refurb and reopen — so far, no sign of change..