OK, this little deli has just stolen my heart. I never thought that shepherds pie could be sexy, but oh my goodness that's the best meal I've had in a while. There's a photo if you want to see the brilliance.
I don't often find myself in Blackheath. It's pricey, it's posh and a longish walk from home. Greenwich is much more convenient for me. But sometimes, I'm tired and jump in a cab home from Blackheath station (a habit I really should get out of). Tonight I did just that. But I was starving. And the Village Deli was open and perfect.
Back to that pie. Oh my goodness the pie. Wonderful wonderful mashed potato, which perfectly crisped under the grill (can you tell I haven't been eating carbs much recently?) Yummy meat and veggies - even a stray broadbean to make me feel especially wholesome. It's one of the best shepherds pies I've EVER eaten.
And it was only £3.25.
I might move in. Instead, because I had to spend over £6 to use my card (my only gripe and I've already forgiven them), i bought to scotch eggs for my lunch tomorrow. If I wasn't too full of pie, I'd have eaten them too.
The rest of the place? Seating area for eating in (the do cakes, tea, coffee etc) and I'm assuming they'd warm any of the goodies on display. Staff were friendly. And they're open until 9.
I'm in serious lust with Village Deli.
Looks can be deceptive. You might even fail to notice this small cafe by the station. But the wide variety of dishes and salads they serve you here will blow your mind away. This place is a hidden gem. I think the whole store is run by women. Even the chef, who occasionally pops out to confirm orders. And did I not say this place is total value for money! It is the best place to have breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea or coffee! There are limited seats inside but there are some outside to compensate for that shortage. I'll very impressed with their service and options they have for vegetarians! Brilliant balance!
My only concern is to there could be less clutter if they re-arranged the seats in a more sensible way inside the cafe.
Cute little place to grab a coffee and a bite to eat if you find yourself in the area - it's right nextdoor to Blackheath Station. Tonnes of food choices from pastries to paninis to shepherd's pie, all chalked up on big blackboards on the walls.
What makes me happy here:
- the handful of outdoor tables are perfect for waiting for your train on a sunny afternoon
- the shelves inside are stocked with enough unusual/homemade/organic treats to rival nigella's pantry
- the coffee is illy and therefore yummy, and also means you can stick it to the starbucks next door ;)
Only weak spot was that the lady behind the counter seemed to be in a bad mood which was a shame, but the chap who made my coffee had a lovely smile - perhaps he can give her some lessons. Long live the independent deli!
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