Last month, I had a rare night-out with some of my closest friends at The Pantry, Colinton. As an addition to their already popular Stockbridge branch, the Pantry’s step across to Colinton is certainly a welcome one. Not only are they spreading brunch joy across the city but they’re now offering an impressive evening menu. It provided an ideal setting for a long over-due catch up with my friends as well.
The weather was amazing on the Thursday evening we headed over Colinton, so much so, the walk up from the dell was really lovely. It’s not an area of the city that I frequent all that often but I took the opportunity to park by the Parish Church and walk back up to Bridge Street. I would totally recommend going for a stroll down here before or after dinner.
Ravenous after a long day at work, all three of us were certain we would want two courses after swiftly polishing off a basket of pretzels.
My friend Francesca has a dairy allergy so always has to double check ingredients used in dishes. The staff were totally accommodating of this and doubled checked their knowledge with the kitchen staff. Aside from having a number of suitable dishes from the ‘support acts’ and ‘main acts’ sections of the menu, they also offered to prepare dishes differently so that she could have a wider choice. The desert menu looked far more dairy focused, so we opted to have a starter and main course – although probably would’ve opted for this anyway. It was just really reassuring they took her concerns seriously and were more than willing to accommodate her.
Francesca and I both opted to have ‘Yummus’ for starter – an incredibly combo of roasted purple beets, cashew and roasted garlic finely smashed served with pistachio, virgin avocado oil and krispy kale. Whilst this was obviously a night-off any particularly strict diet, I loved that this wasn’t a world away from the type of food I generally eat – high protein, low carb. Although that said, I also couldn’t resist using additional pretzels to mop up the last of my Yummus.
Megan opted for the equally delicious ‘Kale, Caesar!’ But I somehow failed to get a taste between all the talking we were doing!
I loved that although the restaurant was bustling with people, we could easily hear each other speak and could enjoy our meal at a leisurely pace.
For our ‘main act’ Megan and I both chose ‘Ribs, ribs’ ribs’ which funnily enough – were ribs with a portion of chips. I find these hard to resist at the best of times and obviously these were no exception. Francesca however went for ‘No harm, no fowl’ – Turmeric spiced guinea fowl breast, warm and nutty fregola with spiced apricot compote and brown chicken jus. This looked utterly amazing and I have to admit I was jealous that I hadn’t been more adventurous.
The décor is similar to that of the Stockbridge version – it has a low key, scandi vibe with lots of original artwork. I was happy to spy a children’s play area (complete with an Alison Soye mural) and some beautiful arm chairs that would be perfect to occupy whilst the kids play. The back windows offer a vision of green leaves and a view over the dell – adding to the feeling that the whole place is just fresh and alive.
I’ll definitely be back soon – hopefully with my friends in tow so we don’t have quite so much to catch up on!
The Pantry, Colinton is open daily 9am-5pm and is then open for dinner Wednesday-Saturday 6pm-10pm. If you don’t know Colinton – it’s easy to find – just put E13 0LF in your Sat Nav and head to 2-4 Bridge Road!
PS. I was so intent on catching up with friends (and waving to other people I knew) that I failed to take photos other than our food! So, complete credit (and thanks!) to Rachel Cohen of @travelswithmyphone for the photos.