Rosie is turning into a bit of a celebrity chef. Not only does she have her book out “Spooning with Rosie” (good christmas present for non-Londoners as you can say its from your local deli), but I understand that she may have a new TV series lined up with her as the female Jamie Oliver cockney chef… Anyway there’s been so much publicity about Rosie’s deli that my boyfriend and I went to her cafe for lunch a couple of weeks ago. Its within the fantastic Brixton market, just by the Coldharbour Lane entrance, which is a great experience in itself – what with Franco Manca the pizza place, music shops, Secondo vintage clothing, and tons of fruit and veg, meat and fish stores.
Anyway the first thing I noticed is that the famous Rosie’s deli is TINY – there’s about 5 tables inside and about 4 outside, so if you manage to get a table then you’re lucky. I wonder with her new found fame whether she’ll move to new premises – although this may lose the charm of the place. A pop up restaurant is planned for Christmas.
Inside, you can buy organic olives, cheese and meat, as well as olive oils, sauces, jams, organic fruit juice, etc. It all looks lovely and quaint and tasty but at £3 for a bottle of apple juice, it ain’t cheap. We sat outside and had a lovely coffee (I loved how it was served in china cups with saucers, how cute) and a ciabatta. The food is really good but again its not cheap. I’m yet to try the soups, quiche and other meals offered.
Definitely pop in for a coffee and cake (if you can find a seat!) and if you have the chance, speak to Rosie herself, who seems to always be behind the counter.