Browsing around Brockley Market

You just can’t beat a good leisurely Saturday. You know the kind I’m talking about. You wake up at a respectable time in the morning to no alarm and a good night’s sleep, get a few dull but necessary errands done before midday, leaving the afternoon totally open to whatever you fancy. Whether you have company or not you’ll always find something to enjoy in London, especially on sunny autumnal days. So you can imagine how happy I was to find myself with one such Saturday this weekend.

I set my sights on making my way South-East to Brockley Market. A trip to a food market was well overdue and this time of year is my favourite time to browse around food stalls. Wrapped up in layers, you can buy tasty food to make a hearty meal at home or satisfy your appetite and add warmth with a good lunch from some fine street food sellers.

Whilst St John’s Hill is probably the nearest station I aimed for Brockley, where I was very happy to discover Browns of Brockley right opposite the station. A highly rated cafe I was surprised I hadn’t thought of it before I left the flat. Cute, cosy, busy with locals. As it was lovely and sunny I decided to take my coffee to go.

Browns-of-Brockley---Coffee

A very tasty Square Mile coffee indeed!

Hot drink in hand I walked along the leafy streets of Brockley to the market outside Lewisham College. Less than 10 minutes later I was greeted by the billowing clouds of heat from hot food and the sweet smell of good meal on the horizon.

Brockley-Market---stalls

It was about 1pm and pleasantly quiet, such a contrast to other London food markets! So I browsed the stalls at leisure.

There’s nothing more autumnal than the sight of vegetables like this…

Brockley-Market---Autumn-veg

But I have to admit it’s sights like this are more likely to get my mouth watering.

Brockley-Market---Chorizo

And I couldn’t help but drool over this hunk of cheese.

Brockley-Market---cheese

Amongst the cheeses and chorizos you’ll find artisan breads, authentic Italian pasta, chutneys and jams, fresh fish and even pretty plants.

Brockley-Market---Flowers-and-plants

But I was in the mood for a sweet treat for later and Kooky Bakes had my name written all over it.

Brockley-Market---Kooky-bakes

I’ve got a real weakness for Oreos and had to try one of these cupcakes. The fudge sauce in the middle of the icing made for a messy and indulgent treat.

But I was most looking forward to this…

Brockley-Market---Dosant

The dosant, the infamous croissant/donut hybrid. I had to grab one to go for an after dinner dessert.

Once I’d stocked up on the sweet stuff it was about time to hunt out something savoury. Had I made it there before 12pm I definitely would have tried a Good and Proper crumpet.

Brockley-Market---Good-&-Proper-tea

(The “Sweetie” being the obvious choice.)

I was seriously tempted by Mother Flipper (their website should come with a warning!) but I feel like I’ve had a lot of burgers recently.

Brockley-Market---Mother-Flipper

So I decided upon Van Dough. You can’t beat a good pizza!

Brockley-Market---Van-Dough

And check out this menu…

Brockley-Market---Vandough

A tough choice but after salivating over lots of cheese at the market I decided upon the courgette, goats cheese and pesto. It was nearing 2pm-ish so I was pretty glad that I managed to get my hands on this before they completely sold out!

Brockley-Market---Van-Dough-pizza

YUM!

If I could eat without guilt and had a stomach that could manage it I would have been tempted by donuts and salted caramel from Fish Dogs. They were SO good at Truck Stop this summer.

Brockley-Market---Fish-dogs

There were a number of other street food sellers I could have enjoyed but sometimes you have to admit defeat and save it for next time.

If you’re over that way and you need some fresh food or a tasty brunch/lunch then you should pop by and have a browse. If like me you’re not from this side of the city, make it a leisurely afternoon out like I did. Spend an hour or so at the market and then head over to Greenwich (which is just a few stops on the DLR) for some greenery and city views. I’ll be taking you there in the next post 🙂

Have you been to Brockley Market? Do you have any favourite food markets? What do you enjoy doing on a leisurely Saturday?  

3 Comments

  1. November 20, 2013 / 10:26 am

    Ooh this looks lovely and it’s not an area I know at all so will have to make a trip. I spent this Saturday afternoon mooching around Borough market with a friend- not as unusual, in fact much more mainstream, but still lovely. The mulled cider made me very happy!

  2. November 20, 2013 / 10:26 am

    PS. And how was the dosant?! Was it worth the hype?!!!

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      November 20, 2013 / 12:53 pm

      It’s definitely worth making it part of a little South-East tour. You’ll find it’s much more peaceful than Borough Market but that’s not to say I don’t love going there myself! I like the stand that does the hot fruit drinks there in the winter.

      As for the dosant, as you might expect it’s got the texture of a croissant and taste of a donut (although combined it sort of reminded me of a lighter & larger baklava). I shared it with a friend after dinner and I think half was the right amount for me without feeling too indulgent!

      Let me know what you think of the market if you make it 🙂