Al Fresco Dining at the Lido Café, Brockwell Park

Al fresco dining, picnics and barbecues; there’s something about eating outside that just makes whatever you eat taste better – it’s like a special ingredient. I recently dined al fresco at the Lido Café in Brockwell Park. My fellow blogger friend, Fiona, from London-Unattached had an invite to review it and very kindly invited myself and Snig from Snig’s Kitchen too.

The Lido Café sits within Brockwell Park on the Herne Hill side overlooking the pool. We were there on a warm, bright summer’s evening. I don’t care much for swimming myself, primarily because I’m lousy at it and get the breathing technique all wrong. I’ll splash about in it though, but I’m much happier watching others take the plunge.

al fresco dining - Aperol Spritz
Aperol Spritz

The menu changes monthly and from it I began with a light, refreshing cocktail of Aperol Spritz, whilst awaiting my starter of Chorizo, Squid, Chickpea, Chilli and Rocket Salad. I usually find rocket boring, but the pepperiness of it complimented the spiciness of the chorizo and chilli nicely. I absolutely loved this dish – the texture’s fab and the rich piquancy from the chorizo moreish – sunshine on a plate.

al fresco dining - squid chickpea chorizo
Chorizo, Squid, Chickpea, Chilli and Rocket Salad

A thick and juicy 35-Day Dry Aged Sirloin Steak and Chips followed which was perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned and packed with extra flavour from being served on-the-bone. The accompanying red wine sauce was wonderfully vibrant and a lovely match to the steak. The chips were a little chewy but tasted fine.

al fresco dining - steak
35-Day Dry Aged Longhorn Sirloin

And last, but by no means least, the Tom Daley of desserts:  Strawberry and Frangipane Tart with Cream – buff exterior with a charming centre and not a soggy bottom in sight. And a suggested dessert wine of Casa de Santa Eufemia Tawny Port couldn’t have been a better match. So what did Fiona and Snig have? Well, you can read all about that here and here.

al fresco dining - strawberry frangipane
Strawberry and Frangipane Tart with Cream

Once the noise and splutter from the pool had died down (after the pool closed to swimmers) and sunset descended, the Lido Café turned into a calm hypnotic state. A lonely duck decided to go for a paddle, possibly looking for a mate in the now romantic setting. I just hope it didn’t see what Snig had to eat!

The Lido Café is the perfect place for a spot of al fresco dining with impeccable service to boot. You can also dine inside, but given the chance why would you want to?

Dinner is available Wednesday to Saturday from 6.30pm. Starters average between £5 – £6.95, mains £12.50 – £18.50 and desserts £4.50 – £5.50. They also do breakfast and lunch.

Food I Fancy dined as a tag along guest. Many thanks to Fiona for the invite.

Lido Cafe
Dulwich Road
Brockwell Lido
London SE24 0PA
Tel: 020 7737 8183


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