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Eat: Little Feast, Shepherds Bush

If you missed Little Feast’s summer setup in Shepherds Bush Yard, you now have a second chance: the itinerant street-food market is back, this time with a Nordic theme. Decked out with evergreens and ivy, Little Feast is a great place to get into the Christmas spirit. Its stalls include Redneck Smokehouse (American-style BBQ), Feed Me Primal (paleo-diet offerings), Poptata (hand-cut fries) and Butter & Scotch (waffles and Italian-style hot chocolate). On weekends the Deli Shed sells freshly baked breads, cheeses, smoked fish and meats for Christmas. And of course there’s a bar­—apparently styled on a Norwegian fishing cabin, though it looked rather cosier than that.

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But dining outdoors, in December? Sure: the seating area is not only covered but heated. And if the turnout is anything like it was on the grey afternoon when I stopped by with my husband and kids, the crowd alone will help to keep the chill at bay.

If you register in advance (which we did not) you receive a ‘free winter warmer’ upon arrival. When I was there on a recent busy Saturday, I did see a table marked as reserved, but the sign noted that anyone was free to sit there until the indicated time (which we did).

Is it kid-friendly? While we did bring our children (ages 7 and 9), and they loved the Christmassy atmosphere as well as the super-creamy hot chocolate, I saw only a few other young ’uns there. Little Feast’s website does describe the market as ‘family-friendly surroundings’, with one caveat: under 18s are banned after 5pm.

Little Feast runs through the 23rd of December and is open on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings from 6pm to 11pm, on Saturdays from 12pm to 11pm and on Sundays from 12pm to 8pm (an exception: it’s closed for a private event on the 17th). See the Little Feast website for more info.

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