Located in the London district of Southwark, Elephant and Castle is a large thoroughfare and junction whose unusual name joins the directory of unusual London placenames and derives from a coaching inn that used to occupy the site – an historic hangout that was name-checked by Bill Shakespeare in his play Twelfth Night. A cutler – a maker of cutlery – used to exist at Elephant and Castle, too, leading to speculation that the name Elephant referred to the elephant tusk ivory used to finish the handles of knives, forks, spoons and the like. Appropriate, then, given that cutlery, drinking establishments, and restaurants have long existed in the area, that there are still places to eat in Elephant and Castle.
Rest assured, tru to tradition there is still an Elephant and Castle pub right next to the Elephant and Castle road junction. Meanwhile, restaurants in Elephant and Castle include the renowned Pasha Restaurant along Camberwell Road, serving Central Asian cuisine, and Mancora along Amelia Street, offering up a selection of Latin American dishes with an emphasis on Peruvian cuisine (all the rage – particularly Peruvian ceviche – at the moment in London). Both Pasha and Mancora are each a good example of a restaurant in Elephant and Castle easily reached on foot from the tube station. Indeed, there’s a good handful of Elephant and Castle restaurants that are easily accessible by public transport and foot.