this really is a small but perfectly formed market. there is such a variety of really high quality traders here - it's very difficult to make your selections! luardos do the best burrito i have ever had, mother flipper rock awesome burgers, kooky bakes make delicious sweet treats and those are just the three that i've tried - all the traders looked awesome and i will be sure to return to make it my mission to try as many of them as i can!
the vibe here is lovely and chilled out - it's a saturday morning from 10am - 2pm so a nice way to begin your weekend. despite it only being a car park in a community college, it is jam packed full of people with their dogs, families with their kids, couples and groups of friends. lovely.
So I hemmed and hawed on what would be the right place to review for my 500th Yelp review (!!!): should I stick to my expertise (Phx) or do a secret gem here in London?
I finally settled on Brockley Market, because it's simple and it delivers. You don't need DJs and cocktails, and don't want entrance fees and crowds and long lines to enjoy some wonderful London street food. Brockley Market proves that without a doubt.
We went the last weekend in June, and came to find out that it probably wasn't the best time, choice wise. All the popular trucks had hauled off to Glastonbury (including Luardo's, which was 90% of the reason we came here, humph!).
But that also meant it wasn't too crowded and there was actual seating (god I hate stuffing my face while standing up, I really do).
I started at a coffee/tea stall (not sure the name as they had 2-3 banners on their truck) to get an iced tea. Hot brewed green tea which is then allowed to cool to room temperature and then shaken over ice and slightly sweetened (with agave syrup, I think?) to order. Lovely.
Could not decide between the fried mackerel flatbread guys or the braised ox cheek sandwich on milk-and-honey sourdough guys, so tricked my husband into sharing and then I got both! (You are not dealing with an amateur here, guys.)
There are coffee stalls, as well as groceries like fresh bread, olive oil, greens, milk, cheese, fruits (my god the cherries we got were by far the best I've had in my life) and a Spanish charcuterie selling some of the nicest iberico and chorizo I've tasted.
Really just a great place to show up at 11 or so for an early lunch/late breakfast, then shop around for some fresh bits and pieces so you can go about the rest of your weekend.
(Yes, Mother Flipper is there, but they're sort of everywhere so why not try something you haven't seen before.)
Cute quiet market in a parking lot selling things from food stands to fresh produce. It's open from 10 to 2 so has a small time slot of availability but great place to chill out for lunch.
Try: Mother Flippin Burgers (try the breakfast sandwich or the candy bacon burger with an EGG), Kooky Bakes for their Red Velvet or Caramel whoopie pies, the tea stand for some Darjeeling tea. During summers they have ice cream!
The produce can be quite expensive, compared to the Lewisham Farmer's market around the corner. I'd suggest coming here for the hot food and the farmer's market for fresh produce.
There's easy parking on the street as well as the parking lot. Seating areas are available but note that everything is outdoors and exposed to the elements (ie rain...).
Great little food market, almost like a mini borough market but without the hoards of people.
Food stalls vary, you have a butchers, green grocers, fish monger's and baker's, for all your takeaway goods, then you have your vendor's that serve food hot and cold to eat there and then. Stall's vary still keep a eye on the Brockely Market web site or Twitter page. Great market, great food, worth a visit.
In my opinion, the best food market in London. None of the confined space of somewhere like Borough Market and nowhere near the crowd, not to mention a very high quality of market stall with a few award winners present most weeks.
In fact, the worst thing about Brockley market is trying to decide what to eat. I always want a Mother Flipper, but can't limit myself when there's so much other good food around. Normally that means a Dark Fluid coffee and a Breakfast Flipper followed by a burrito from Luardos or an ox heart burger from Tongue n Cheek, then maybe a sweet treat from one of the cake stalls, or ice cream from Ruby Violet. Then I should probably get some meat for dinner, and some brea because it looks great. And a free taster of some cheese which I then can't live without buying.
A trip to Brockley Market can get quite expensive. Maybe you shouldn't go after all. And I'm not just saying that because it's getting busier each week and I don't want to have to queue for so long...
A perfect start to a perfect weekend.
This small, but perfectly formed food market along Lewisham way makes an idyllic scene in what is essentially a school car park. The short and sweet two hours on a Saturday morning is just enough time for a lazy breakfast and mooch around the vibrant offerings of the market stools.
My advice, go hungry. There's an interesting array of tempting fast food on offer, from Burgers, fish finger dogs and pizzas, to freshly baked goods and locally smoked salmon.
The Mrs and I opted (after great debate) for a locally smoked salmon from The Little Greenwich Smokery. It also offered smoked eel, but as the Mrs is scared of snakes that idea didn't go down well. Beautifully smoked salmon in a sourdough bun, bit of fresh salad and oil. While I could have done with less roll, the salmon was lovely. For £3 for the sandwich it was a bargain and you can buy a half smoked salmon at a really good price to take home.
Not only is it a wonderful place to get a treat for breakfast, it's also a great place to stock up. So many colourful grocers with plenty of reasonably priced organic produce. There are a few bakeries offering different breads and sweet things. Kooky Bakes in particular will kill me off ten years earlier than I'm meant to leave this mortal coil- but it'll be worth it for their Salted Caramel doughnut/croissant bake things to be in my mouth when I go. Also on offer is some meats from local farms, including some lovely chickens from Fosse Meadow Farms who were a delight.
So skip breakfast and go to brockley market. Support lovely local (and a little outside of local) businesses producing lovely food. I hope this market grows and gets more popular. While I love that it's not manic, it deserves more custom because it's doing everything right!.
Ok so it's my local market so I'm probably biased but it really is a great market & it is getting better all the time. This weekend it felt like there were more fresh produce stalls, which I love. Dark Fluid for great coffee & a number of stalls for a tasty late breakfast/ early lunch. It ticks every box for me.
Because the Brockley Market is every Saturday, nearly all of the Brockley locals and many others from around the area come every week!
The market has a very extensive range of produce with excellent street food stalls.
My favourite is 'Mike & Ollie' which is a street food stall that serves excellent high quality food at affordable prices.
The people there are very friendly and it is becoming one of the best spots in London to buy great quality, affordable local produce.
Mother Flipper has one of the best burgers in the London area and is a must for anyone who thinks they have already found their best burger, think again!
I would definitely recommend Brockley Market to anyone who lives in the Brockley Area or around as it has everything for everyone! Perfect!
La, la, la, la...la Bamba!
This market made me want to both swoon and shimmy at the same time!
We made it there around 11.30 (pre-fish taco time) and were immediately sucked in. BM offers a decent selection of both produce/meat/dairy and prepared foods. Mother Flipper serves up a righteous cheeseburger, or, if one fancies, a 'double candy bacon flipper'. Translated that would be: two patties with bacon and cheese (6 quid)! Dark Fluid serves up some fantastic espresso drinks (2.00-2.50 a pop) and Mike and Ollie make an amazing 'wrap' (5.50 per) of either beef, mackerel or veg. The hubs had the beef, a combo of rocket, hummus, 'some kind of sweet sauce', and slow-cooked beef with clove and cinnamon. We couldn't figure out what sort of flat bread the 'wrap' bit consisted of, but the hubs said 'it was sponge-like in a good way'. The vegan/gluten-free stand beckoned and I purchased a lovely triangle of stem ginger short bread for lunch. There were a few low-to-the-ground tables and benches set about for those who like to sit and munch. I sat while my tall partner stood.
After snacking, we traipsed over to the bread stall and bought overselves a sourdough loaf from a gloved worker who both doled out bread and took payment without removing said gloves. I found that to be a 'double-decaf, non-fat latte', as we used to say back home, a.k.a. a 'why bother' moment and had a good chuckle over it (as least it wasn't a fingers-in-mouth-then-on-cheese-knife scenario) as we moved on to the charcuterie stand where I purchased a stick of fennel-garlic salami made from Kent swine. Mmmmm.
Another highlight for me was that one of the veg stalls had lovely 'rainbow' carrots for sale, so I stocked up on both beet and parsnip coloured ones.
Given that this gem of a market is only a couple of miles from my home, I'll be stopping by on a regular basis!
I went along to the first one of these a few weeks ago. It was great, a perfect Saturday market with a mix of stalls from veg, plants, art, and takeaway food stuffs.
All the good folk of Brockley had come out for it, and it was as much as social event as a place to buy goodies, helped by the little benches they'd set up where you could scoff your reasonably priced cookies from the cake lady and excellent coffee from the Dark Fluid stall.
The Lewisham College car park site works perfectly, and it's surprisingly leafy, on the nicest bit of that road. I hope they can make a success of it going forward. I reckon it'll be a great spot to pick up some different Xmas presents.
- Worth noting that the Google Map up on the right shows 'Honor Oak Park' it's nowhere near HOP, Google has had it wrong for years! :)
- Also worth noting, it's a nice 10 minute stroll through the conservation area from Brockley station, which is on the London Overground (which isn't listed in the stations above here).
I went along today for the first time and thought it was delightful, there's a range of butchers, grocers, flowers/plants, bread/pastry stalls. I bought some lovely sausages, brie and an amazing bread which i'm munching on now :). I will definitely be visiting her on a regular basis.
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