Babber, Peckham @ The White Horse: Restaurant Review

Collaboration, cool and funky are words that spring to mind when I think about Babber @ The White Horse, Peckham.  The White Horse does some pretty cool takeovers, its most recent being Babber.  Launched at the back end of 2019, head chef Joseph Ryan, ex Hoi Polloi and Salon, Brixton, is serving up a menu of charcoal-grilled Kebabs and small plates.  Rosanna Head

The vibe

The White Horse in Peckham opened in the early 1800’s, a stalwart of our lovely #selondon I’d say, so it’s no wonder the pub has an old school ‘spit and sawdust’ feel with a funky vibe, and set in a pretty cool neighbourhood – what’s not to like?

You walk through the pub to reach Babber.  The night we visited there was a football match on so it was really lively for a week day and apparently this pub’s vibe is ‘always on’, so a great every day boozer.  The Babber back room is an inviting space with a cosy-chic vibe and a birds-eye view right into the kitchen.   It has been designed well, with dark moody colours, low lighting, funky knick-knacks and plush greenery draped from all angles.  Oh and the staff are pretty awesome and accommodating too.

The food

The Babber menu serves up charcoal-grilled Kebabs and small plates.

We started with the baba ghanoush, feta, sumac and flatbread, the scotch bonnet chicken wings with blue cheese yoghurt and the onion bhajis with curry yoghurt.  I love starters, sometimes more so than the main course and this might have been one of those occasions.  The onion bhajis were crispy yet creamy, smokey and light – I hate to say it but a definite taste explosion, we couldn’t get enough.

For mains my partner and I enjoyed the lamb and chicken kebabs; sweet, freshly grilled tastes, with side pairings from the crispy harissa mayo and red cabbage, to zhoug, marinated courgettes and tahini sauce served with the lamb.  A simple yet delicious kebab.

It can be rude not to accept home made puddings so let’s just say you must head to Babber, enjoy a feast of grilled meat but save space for the puddings.  My favourite deserts are panna cotta and sticky toffee pudding – so I was in heaven when I saw that these were on the menu – and what a treat they were.

 

The verdict

  • What’s hot:  Great, lively #SELondon spot to enjoy food and drinks throughout the week.  Choose from the main bar, the cosy booths where you can enjoy a romantic date or long tables with the gang
  • What’s not: Even though the puddings were delicious, we felt that sticky toffee and panna cotta are better suited to a Sunday roast or generic pub menu, but saying that, they went down a treat, even though grilled pears or a lighter offering might have been nice

The detail

*Rosanna Head and friend were guests of Babber @The White Horse Peckham