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Market House opens on the former site of Living bar in April. Expect a vibrant, speakeasy atmosphere, a British food menu and an extensive cocktail list.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
Mon-Wed 17:00-23:00
Thu 17:00-00:00
Fri 17:00-03:00
Sat 13:00-04:00
Sun 13:00-23:00

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Market House reviews

By Jean M.

My friends and I went to Market house bar two Saturday's ago. We were standing in a corridor talking and when we didn't move out in time, 4 bouncers manhandled one of my friends and I. One bouncer picked me up from behind, under my arms and another grabbed my ankles. I screamed and shouted in fear. They carried me up approximately 6/7 steps to the side door. They dropped me on the ground, opened the side door and picked me up again. They threw me out onto the middle of the road. When I stood up, one bouncer came for me and slapped me across the face and knocked me to the ground with force. The manager came out, and claimed his men (aka bouncers) only use correct force and suitably handle situations. He never denied they manhandled two women nor did he deny one physically hit me across the face. He also did not try to calm to situation or check on the two women (my friend and I)lying injured on the road. He and bouncers went back inside immediately. Repeating this story makes me sick but it needs to be told. We called the police on the night and conveniently the side CCTV camera didn't work. The police are currently chasing up on this but things like this take time. I would recommend nobody to ever go here. For a short tempered bouncer to lose control and hit and throw a woman is bad enough to deal with. To know this establishment is managed by a man who condones this behaviour, speaks louder as to the type of bar this is.

By Leigh C.

Went with a group of 6 for a few drinks and an outstanding roast here yesterday, comprised of a very generous serving of roast lamb, ladles of delicious gravy, roast potatoes, braised red cabbage, green beans, butternut and cauliflower cheese - not a boiled carrot in sight, what a revelation! Atmosphere was warm and friendly, service excellent, will definitely return, highly recommend.

By Erika C.

Came recently for a private party upstairs and had a great time. The cocktails were fab and only a fiver. Staff really nice and the soundsystem was awesome!!

By John S.

Help a private party here, guests went away hungry as just a handful of canapes in spite of the price, to which staff helped themselves too. A very expensive night, and the place was just shabby. One to avoid!

By Charlotte H.

Absolutely amazing food. We went for Sunday lunch today and both my dad and myself had Pork Belly with all the trimmings. The atmosphere was lovely and welcoming. All the staff were lovely and were happy to go out of their way to help. I would definitely recommend this place and I can't wait to go again.

By Alice Mary M.

Really lovely atmosphere; shabby chic decor, good tunes, friendly staff and quite possibly the tastiest roast I've ever had. So pleased I stumbled across this place.

By Tom D.

Stepped in for a quick pint here to check it out, the decor is pretty and the Meantime lager was very decent. Looking forward to returning to sample the menu and the DJ's A promising start in an area crying out for a couple of extra destinations.

By Max @ P.

Despite Brixton’s position as one of the capital’s culinary hotspots, it is fair to say that there has been a lack of choice in terms of quality pubs and bars outside the market movement. Coldharbour Lane has recently seen the opening of Market House, which surely hopes to occupy this space.

The Venue
Split over two floors, Market House is billed as a bar, diner and music hall with a speakeasy vibe; which perhaps is to say that it isn’t really sure what it is. To most, it would be a modern pub with a late licence. Having said that, its modern refurbishment will appeal to many, with modern branding on the outside, and soft furnishings and jazzy wallpapers brightening up the interior. It’s safe to say Market House is jumping the gun with its ‘speakeasy’ labelling, but the décor definitely has a sophisticated touch that works well for late night boozing.

The Atmosphere
On a Thursday evening, as the bars and restaurants of nearby Market Row are buzzing, the atmosphere in Market House is somewhat downbeat, with only a handful of customers dotted around. This is to be expected with Thursday to Saturday being nearby Market Row and Brixton Village’s main late nights. That said, the atmosphere is pleasant, the service is helpful and as the site has had a number of uses over the years it may just take a little time to bed in and let the locals know it’s here. Bear in mind that Market House stays open until 4am at weekends, hosting live music and DJs in its upstairs music hall, so it may not be in full swing until after dinner hours.

The Food
The kitchen pass is open, which serves as temptation for those who maybe didn’t plan to eat. Ingredients are locally sourced from Brixton Market, dishes are well priced and portioned and, most importantly, they are damn tasty, too. Starters can be ordered as a sharing platter, which at three for £10 makes for a good low cost option. The whitebait add a nice crunch and lemon aioli is the right balance between lemon and garlic, but chicken wings may leave you wishing you ordered more.

The seriously good steak sandwich (£9) doesn’t disappoint, with its tender steak, rocket, oven-roasted red onion and cherry tomatoes. Chips are included, served thin and skin-on; so often the letdown of this kind of dish, they are well worth a look just as a snack (£2.50 with dipping sauce).The Market House burger (£8) also meets the mark, again on both price and quality. Brioche bun, organic beef patty, tomato, lettuce and those tasty skin-on chips make up a classic burger, which can be pimped up with extras - cheese, bacon and gherkins. Pleasingly, there are plenty of vegetarian options on the menu, with mains including spinach and ricotta spanakopia (£8) and roast veg and goats cheese tart (£7).

The Drink
Market House’s wine list is well put together and reasonably priced by the glass (starting at £4) or by the bottle (starting at £14). Everyone will be happy with a wine list that champions taste rather than whether it’s red, white or rose. Prosecco, again by the glass or bottle (£4.50 / £24), adds a bit of well priced sparkle to proceedings. Beer lovers will be pleased with a reasonable selection on draught and bottled beer options, including Greenwich’s Meantime. Cocktails are a bargain before 11pm at £5 for classic Mojitos, Margaritas, Martinis and more. The Bloody Mary is perfect for those who like a bit of kick but it may be best to say if you’re a touch sensitive, to allow your bartender to bring the heat down a notch.

The Last Word
The Market House may not have the edginess of some of its neighbours, but all the same, it delivers something that should serve Brixton well both day and night, seven days a week, which can’t be said of neighbouring Market and Village venues with limited opening times.

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