ultra-local food: restaurant and cornershop deli
Brixton Cornercopia is a tiny neighbourhood restaurant and new kind of corner shop all about ultra-local food and sustainability. All the foodstuffs on the shelves are handmade by us or other local people. Jars of damson jam made with fruit from local gardens, honey made by South London bees, sit next to pots of chili mango relish made with ingredients from Brixton market.
The aim is to give small producers and growers an opportunity to sell locally more easily. For some it is an opportunity to try out a new product or business idea, for others a way of generating extra income. Our menu celebrates diversity of ingredients available on our doorstep, in the market or from local growers and urban foragers.
We opened in November 2009 thanks to Spacemakers empty shops initiative.
This was our video pitch for Barclay's One Small Step business competition.
Although we didn't win (or get shortlisted) we have now managed to set up a separate kitchen where we can cook and already have have a trainee chef helping Ian. In the future we hope to run community cooking classes and let other people use the production kitchen to make things to sell in the shop.