A Brixton Local – The Trinity Arms
Since selling the brewery site in Wandsworth, Young’s have been investing in their pubs, turning them into vibrant, fun, welcoming places. The Trinity Arms has succeeded in turning itself in a quirky, trendy local. Tucked away behind Morley’s in Brixton, you have to be a local to know that it’s here, yet it is only minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of Brixton High Street.
We walked into a bar with a roaring fire, which was very welcome on a chilly October evening. The smell of the burning wood epitomises autumn for me, and we settled down with a glass of wine for me and Young’s beer for my companion whilst browsing the menu. Sensibly, the menu is quite small, with food either from the main menu or from the Burger Shack on the 1st floor.
We started with buttermilk chicken wings and cheese stuffed jalapenos; the latter coming with a warning about the molten contents! I think that the chicken wings would be sufficient for a lunch or as a starter to share. They were delicious, with the chicken being moist and tender.
We both opted for burgers, but fish and chips or pies were also available. Both burgers were presented on tin trays with curly fries. I felt a little sorry for the waitress, as the trays were obviously very hot to carry and she put them down as quickly as she possibly could. It did mean though that any stray fries didn’t stray too far!
My companion chose the ‘streaky’; a huge burger served medium rare with bacon, lettuce and pickle. It was declared ‘very tasty’ and not a crumb was left.
After the fried starter, I had really wanted some ‘girl food’, but struggled to find anything on the menu that wasn’t fried, in pastry, made of cheese, or in bread. The best option was the veggie burger, which consisted of crispy beetroot, fennel, lentil and mozzarella burger, with shredded lettuce, sour cream and pickles. This was very nice, but the burger was quite a bit smaller than the bun, so there was a lot of leftover bun at the end.
I was too full for dessert, but my companion manfully made his way through his. I did enjoy the mouthful I had, along with the chocolate Bailey’s.
The pub filled up with groups of friends and had a really lovely atmosphere. The next time that I’m going to a gig in the Brixton Academy, the Trinity Arms will be my choice for a drink and meeting place for certain. It’s a lot warmer than Brixton Village venues, that is for sure!