In a nutshell: Laid back cafe from Canova Hall folks
Summing it all up: Albion & East, who are known for their cavernous, shabby-chic halls, scale things back a bit with Cattivo, a new Italian-style cafe with a basement cocktail bar in Brixton.
Brixtonians are getting a brand-new laid-back Italian cafe with a basement cocktail bar, courtesy of the team behind Martello and Canova Hall, Albion & East.
Cattivo, which will be just next door to Canova Hall (in the spot where Cabana used to be) is planned to be a bit more of a cosy affair than its neighbour, offering small plates with a Southern Italian flavour, so think ragu, meatballs and filled pasta. Downstairs, there’ll be a gin-heavy cocktail bar that’ll be sensibly taking full advantage of Canova’s built-in gin distillery.
There’ll be plenty of events designed to draw you in, but rather than stand up and pub quiz, expect circus performers, magic shows and cabaret. They’ll also be experimenting with a BYOB event called The Liquor Club, where their drinks experts will mix and create cocktails for you - the perfect chance to use up that mysterious bottle of holiday hooch you’ve had in the back of your cupboard.
And that’s not all Albion & East have planned - come the new year, we’ll be seeing their next project, Serata Hall, opening up in Old Street’s The Bower. Watch this space.
More about Cattivo
Where is it? 207 Ferndale Road, Brixton, London SW9 8BE
When does it open? 12 October 2018
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