Last Saturday dawned gloriously bright and beautiful so Pete and I decided to head off to one of our favourite local haunts, Brockley Market. We used to live much closer until we moved last year, but even now we’re no more than a 20 minute drive away and having been to one of their first ever markets (and many more in between), it felt fitting to join them on Saturday as they celebrated their 4th birthday.
Image : Brockley Market
You could be forgiven for wondering how Brockley Market ever could have worked, situated as it is in a university car park and not hugely close to any stations. Yet it soon built up a very local following and is now – rightly so – award-winning. It has a wonderful atmosphere, welcoming to everyone and big enough to be able to spend a good hour or two but not so crowded it’s unbearable. We also love taking Maddie althought I’m not sure she’s so happy with all that temptation just out of reach…
The market offers a mix of locally sourced and seasonal fish, meat, fruit and veg; cut flowers and plants; ice cream; award-winning coffee and the most fantastic selection of street food. We do have our favourites when we go – Pete’s is Mike & Ollie, who serve up handmade, organic flatbreads with normally a meat, fish and veggie option. Their flavour combinations are just incredible and on paper those foods shouldn’t go together but boy do they work.
My favourite is Spit and Roast, serving THE best “chicken sandwich” anywhere, in the world, ever and always. It was the first chicken “thing” I had when I returned to eating it to get more protein into my diet after an absence of 10 years and whilst I still don’t eat a huge amount, Spit and Roast will get me every time. There’s is a buttermilk chicken, deep friend and served with Mississippi style slaw, Korean Hot Sauce and all served on a Japanese style bun. It’s oh so worth waiting for.
Our friends Dark Fluid Coffee cater for the market’s hot drink lovers – ironically when we moved to Grove Park we met owner Lawrence walking our dogs in the local park, not knowing that we’d previously crossed paths at the market.
We also picked up some cakes from Kookybakes as well as some wonderful fresh veg, all so reasonably priced and healthy-looking compared to supermarkets! But the reality is that my words don’t do justice to this fantastic community venture so should you find yourself idle in London one Saturday morning between 10 and 2, pop along and enjoy a bit of grub. Here are some photos to whet the appetite, credited to others where appropriate.
Image : Brockley Market