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Location: 10th Floor, Peckham Multi-storey carpark, 95a Rya Lane, London, SE15 4ST
Cuisine: Cafe / Bar
Cost: £6-10 per plate
Contact details: frankscafe.org.uk
I would expect that most people head to Franks in the heart of Peckham, for the view alone. Temporarily perched on top of an empty car park, sandwiched between railway lines and rooftops, is one South East London’s original pop-up bars. A bright red canopy covers a rough and ready bar and seating area but you don’t really notice it. All you see is the sweeping panoramic views of London and its iconic landmarks, under the setting sun. It is glorious up there.
For me though, the appeal is a lively, young crowd, a sometimes rather breezy outdoor setting, that’s close enough to home for date-night. Now in its fifth summer, what started as a Campari bar has blossomed into an established SE15 destination. Serving a broader but still neat drink list and an ever changing selection of small plates to share, much of the food is based around their huge open BBQ. On this occasion, we had planned to eat elsewhere, but getting lost in the setting and cocktails we soon needed food.
And there is a surprising amount of gluten free food that is local and seasonal. The menu changes often, so check before you go. On this visit we had grilled mackerel with tzatziki, a giant plate of hummus (elegantly eaten with a spoon!) and smoky barbequed English corn and gorgeous looking Peckham Rye Bread for the gluten eater. But griddled poussin, steaks and even puddings will have me going back for more. Especially since they close at the end of September until (hopefully) returning next summer.