*AD – our meal & drinks were complimentary
We were invited to try Near & Far’s vegan & alcohol-free bottomless brunch, and as you know, I do love a good brunch. Plus, a non-boozy selection of cocktails was very welcome, as I had a pounding headache from last night’s wine on the day we visited Peckham’s Near & Far.
Peckham is not my go-to destination, but I did enjoy the colourful vibes of Peckham Levels, where on the sixth floor you’ll find Near & Far – a cocktail bar with Palms Springs vibes, lots of plants, and London views.
You can grab brunch there every Saturday & Sunday between 12 and 4pm, with delicious veggie/vegan food prepared by LevelSix Studios next door. You can either go for the 2h boozy bottomless option or be sensible (for those hungover Sundays) and go alcohol-free.
We started with a cocktail, and as a true Bloody Mary lover, I went straight for Near & Far’s Virgin Mary, and it was so good! They also have a Bloody Mary station, where you can garnish your own drink. Simon had the Feragaia Sours (Feragaia is a no-whiskey whiskey), which I also really liked.
Our food arrived with a million apologies (apparently we’d been waiting too long, but I hadn’t noticed) and some tasters of LevelSix Studios’ signature vegan Snickers bars, which we decided to save for dessert.
I had the vegan pancakes, topped with coconut yoghurt, berries, bananas, dark chocolate and nuts. Now, as someone who’s obsessed with pancakes, I can safely say these were worth the trek to South London – the portion was huge, delicious and filling. Exactly what you need on a Sunday afternoon if you ask me. The soft, warm pancakes, combined with the cold coconut yoghurt and crunchy nuts make for a delicious mouthful.
Simon had the black beans with fried plantain bowl, which came with rice, roasted peppers and guac. The menu stated sourdough, which was missing from the bowl, but to be honest, it wasn’t needed – the bowl was huge. Very tasty too, I recommend.
I was excited to try some more of the alcohol-free cocktails, so had the Stryyk “not rum”, and if you know me, you wouldn’t be surprised, as it was made of sweet sugar cane, vanilla and oakwood tones served with pineapple juice which is like my favourite thing to drink. It was so very tasty and made me think of sunnier days spent on the beach. Dreamy.
The vegan Snickers bars were oh so good, and it actually tasted like the real thing, but less sticky. I’m always super impressed when I have something that’s free from everything, and yet it tastes delicious. Can I please get a standing order for these? Thanks.
Lastly, we had one more drink each because why not?! Simon had a can of alcohol-free Brewdog IPA, and I went from the Virgin Marg which was delicious, as expected, and a very nice way to end our little brunch date.
All in all, brunch was lovely. The service was great, the food was super nice and I liked having a choice of non-alcoholic cocktails. If you hang out in these ends of London, it’s definitely a good place to hang out on a weekend afternoon, as it’s not too busy and you can have all the vegan snickers you want!
Brunch costs £30pp, book here: https://www.nearandfarlondon.com/bottomlessbrunch