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Iconic South London Music Venue Reopens With Serious Burgers After Six Year Closure

Other Side Fried will give away 100 burgers a day to celebrate Dirty South’s new status

© Photography by Jake Davis (fb.com/hungryvisuals) Jake Davis

Dirty South was once an iconic south London music venue and pub, but was forced to close in late 2011 after sustaining significant damage during the riots of that year, and subsequently struggling to recover. Fast-forward six years, however, and Dirty South is once again open for business on Lewisham’s Lee High Road. Now a “laid back pub and restaurant,” Dirty South will feature a series of rotating kitchen residencies, backed up with the requisite selection of craft beers alongside a list of wines and cocktails.

The pub-with-rotating-kitchen model has been undeniably successful in London over recent years, with numerous street-food outfits like Lucky Chip or Burger Bear featuring in pub kitchens across east and south London as they journeyed from market stall to brick-and-mortar operations.

Other Side Fried are taking over the kitchen at Dirty South in the first of the venue’s residencies, and to celebrate are offering #100FREEBURGERS (hashtag mandatory) each day from 20 to 24 November. While more burger pop-ups may not exactly feature at the top of the London Restaurant Wishlist, a burger of fried chicken, smoked honey butter, bacon, lettuce and pickles, or the novel vegetarian option of fried celeriac with cheese and chive sauce, fried egg, also with lettuce and pickles both have an undeniable appeal, as do the necessary Dirty Fries — here served with ranch dressing, parmesan, bacon and hot sauce.

Those eager for free burgers can sign up here for the chance to receive a voucher redeemable for a free burger, Monday-Friday next week.

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