Went out for a drink at Communion, the new bar below Angels & Gypsies. It’s very beautiful, taking the religion-themed stained glass approach from the restaurant, and with beautiful furniture. The wife and I were the only punters in there, but as it was very early Sunday evening and the place has only been open since Tuesday, I wouldn’t read too much into that (mind you, they might want to work on their promotion, I didn’t even know they’d opened). The house speciality is cocktails, although I just had a beer so I couldn’t comment on the quality. Anyway, looking forward very much to going back again sometime.
For dinner, went to Kalabash, the Cameroonian/Nigerian restaurant on the corner of Camberwell Grove and Church Street. It’s very no-frills and informal; if you go there expecting any kind of service beyond the basics, you’ll be very disappointed. Most of the customers seemed to be friends of the staff, and it was noisy and vibrant. We shared a plate of Chicken DG, a mountain of barbecue chicken with plantain and peppers, accompanied by an extremely hot chilli sauce (which had the chef crying with laughter when she saw me turning bright red after trying it). It’s not a place to go if you want an intimate occasion, but for good cheap spicy food I enjoyed it.
You may have noticed that there’s a new cycle superhighway being built through Camberwell at the moment, which will go from New Cross to Vauxhall. It’s already paying dividends for the local economy as TWO cycle shops set to open: Sea Bass Cycles is a workshop and will sell refurbished bikes, while PS Cycles, which has an existing branch in Kennington, will also have a cafe. Both are situated on Church Street and will open soon.
Sadly it’s not all good news on the cycling front, as a 60-year-old man was killed in a collision with a lorry on Camberwell Road today, at the junction with Albany Road. No details beyond that, but a terrible tragedy all the same.