If I wanted to be surrounded by an abundance of good grub. Outdoors. At it was a Saturday. As a South East Londoner I would head in a heartbeat to Maltby Street.
However I have just discovered a new haunt. I now have options.
Every Saturday on the hill joining Lewisham and New Cross (directly opposite St John’s train station) Brockley Market is bustling in a small car park off the main road.
Unlike lots of London markets it is small and still feels simple, unspoilt and friendly. There are just a handful of stalls and producers, all passionate and focused and smothered in smiles. You won’t find numerous of producers and long lines of queues. But you will find good food. An uncomplicated handful of them and a collection of wooden stools and benches scattered around to perch a bum and get stuck in.
There is produce to purchase and take home for a weekend cooking up a feast.
Fish, vegetables, meat, bread, jams and sauces, pick-a-mix leaves, dairy and charcuterie and cheese…
And then there is the food to devour there. Don’t expect to leave without parting with your pennies for at least one snack. They are simply too good to resist.
It was a cold and crisp Saturday morning. The night before had been a late one. This meant one thing.. bacon sarnies.
Cured. BLT’s of the very best kind. Crusty, soft sliced bread, deliciously smokey bacon, crisp lettuce, sweet tomato and mayonnaise oozing from the sides when squeezed.
With all the sights and smells, my stomach was not suitably satisfied with just one sandwich. (delicious and substantial as it was)
Next stop – Spit and Roast. For a ‘light’ snack to see me from breakfast to lunch: Buttermilk fried chicken, fennel coleslaw and hot sauce, all sandwiched in a soft white bun.
With just one bite my heart melted.. fluffy white bread, crisp fried chicken, layered with a creamy, sweet and crunchy slaw, all topped off with a good slug of fiery red sauce.
A crisp, sunny morning, two hefty sandwiches, a basket full of goodies and home by 1pm for a cup of tea – Saturday Heaven.
Brockley Market Website here. Follow the gang on Twitter here for updates and information of the upcoming Saturday market.