Degustation, Coulgate Street

Dugustatin on champagne tasting evening!
12 Coulgate Street
SE4 2RW
http://www.degustation.co.uk/

Yes, we know it's not new news that Degustation is now open and there are lots of reader comments on here already, but soon, we will have a review section, where we will collect together information about local places to eat, drink and shop.

This story will be fleshed out when we've actually had a chance to shop there, but we wanted to create this now, so that any comments you have about the shop will get ported over to the new section, when it goes live.

So far, we understand that Augustin, the owner of Degustation, is very happy with the reception he's had from local people. Although we didn't doubt that would be the case for either this or Dandelion Blue, it's nice to have that confirmed. The shop has just received its license to serve alcohol, so there is now a selection of wines on sale and the range of produce is set to grow over the coming weeks.

42 comments:

Pete said...

I bought some bread there and it was very nice.

Graham said...

Me too. Went in there today and bought lovely bread, houmous and brie. All reasonably priced. Looks like the wine is going to be much better than the stuff you can get in the likes of Costcutter. All good.

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

I brought some walnut & rasien bread plus some nice strong cheese yesterday, very nice indeed. I can't wait until my next visit!

Anonymous said...

I bought some Merguez sausages which would be about the same price as tesco's finest. They were spectacularly good - I had them in a baguette with ketchup and dijon mustard.

Hugh said...

How much is the walnut and raisin bread? The much-maligned Sainsbury's do a wicked version of this at £2.50 or £3 a load, albeit you can get it for under quid late in the day/early the next. May leave the conservation area briefly to reccy its quality.

James said...

I popped in yesterday and was surprised by how little he had on display. Hopefully that will change when he settles in. Not sure about the fake flickering lights on his chandelier. They cheapen the place.
I look forward to seeing how he grows.

Has anyone heard an opening date for Dandelion? The paint work looks lovely but as yet, not much else is happening.

boatbum said...

Popped in on Sunday and walked out with some decent fourme d'ambert, a saucisson and some paté forestier. All rather good. Shelves are a tad bare but it's only a matter of time before they're groaning with quality French produce.

Brockley just got a bit better.

Anonymous said...

Why do so many people on this site feel the need to criticise the tiniest thing not to their liking? Particularly when they follow it up with an explanation for the supposed issue. His shelves are bare; mostly likely because he's just opened; it will improve; no need to mention it.
Whilst many of you sit at your computers nitpicking, this man has taken a huge risk to open a shop that I for one have wanted in Brockley for over 15 years. I didn't have the guts to do it, so why don't all the Brockley
moaners keep their picky comments to themselves and just celebrate the fact that we have one, and soon two, delis opening in our community.
Ficino

Graham said...

Anonymous - I'm not sure that many people have been negative. The vast majority of comments have been positive, extremely positive, about the deli and the way that area seems to be developing. Inevitably, people are going to mention the odd thing they'd like improved, even if they understand the reasons behind it. If I owned a shop, I'd see it as a good thing that I could have a look at sites like this to see what people geniunely thought about my place.

Anonymous said...

It's because we're in England, it's what English people do! But I agree with you it's streets ahead of everything else at the moment so it should be celebrated not criticised

Monkeyboy said...

The observations are areas to improve, that equates to more satisfied customers, more cash through the till and survival. If I was starting a business I’d welcome it. Not seen any negative comments as such, just things that need addressing. I’m sure Augustine is aware of those.

And yes it is a bit ‘English’ to say ‘oooohhhh yes it’s lovely’ because we’re too embarrassed to be seen to ‘criticise’ – then we shop just shop elsewhere. Not very helpful.

Hugh said...

Friends, we may be moving to Dulwich. It's hardly relevant here but I thought it worth pointing out as a mark of respect.

Rich said...

Cheers Hugh, surprised you can make it down from your conversation area!

Anonymous said...

My whole point was that if they are genuine suggestions (rather than citicisms) based on something experienced over a period of time, then fair enough, but to moan about something that you then provide the explanation for is ridiculous.
Maybe the owner of Degustation should have sourced all his produce before opening. Maybe he did, but his suppliers don't have the delivery mechanisms of a multinational. Maybe he cares enough about his produce to only stock fine foods which take time to source. Maybe he's waiting for feedback from customers. Maybe its none of these things. For goodness sake, he's only been open a week or two. If you want to frequent a newly opened shop with groaning shelves then visit the Tescos on Lewisham Way. Comments about bare shelves and a flickering chandelier are unhepful and unneccessary.
Ficino

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

now now, i'll set my pet 'tigers' on the lot of you :o)

Hugh, the bread cost £3.50 for a whole loaf. No idea what the size was. Same size to what I used to buy at Borough Mkt, which cost either £4 or £4.50 a couple of years ago.

I think anything like this is welcomed, although I am concerned whether the current interest is just a fad. I hope he has some ideas for rotating/promotions for different times in the year!

Anonymous said...

Hugh why would you want to leave Brockers just as it's showing real signs of improvement? Fool!

Hugh said...

The other half won't move here. I've done my best to persuade her but she seems sold on a more established neighbourhood.

I shall, nevertheless, fight the good fight and keep on keeping on, until there is no longer any point and I have to settle for a detached 6-bedder overlooking Dulwich Park.

Monkeyboy said...

High, Leave her, she's obviously not that keen on you....do you have her number handy?

And anonymous, regarding the deli.

1) I am a customer, been there three times.

2) I have fedback some comments to him "not much bread left" I said.

3)Said he has to phone an order through before 3:00pm and he's mis judged the demand so far but he said " I'm getting there" - in an ammusing 'allo, 'allo accent obviously.

4) Try and keep your toys IN your pram. You'll live a longer, stress free life.

Brockley Jon said...

Hugh, "a more established neighbourhood"? Does a community that dates back past 1889 not qualify ;) Seriously, doesn't she know 'Brockley is the new Dulwich'!?

Anonymous said...

Monkeyboy
So my point was right. He has just opened and getting the feel of things.
Its interesting that you feel it neccessary to criticise me when I complain about moaners, but I'm not allowed to criticise the moaners.
Its easy to throw cheap shots at people but much harder to get off your backside and actually make Brockley a better place.
Ficino

Monkeyboy said...

I'm not moaning. Just asked about the lack of bread, but don't worry he's getting more in..... Your point is?

Brockley Nick said...

Hugh, although your departure would constitute a major blow to Brockley, at least you could serve as our East Dulwich Correspondent. You have an Alastair Cook-ish quality.

Monkeyboy said...

Looks like the average salary of Brockley Central readers will drop £20k.

Anonymous said...

My point was made in earlier posts
Ficino

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

Hey, does that mean the average salary for 'dark siders' is matching the light siders now hugh is leaving?

even MORE reason for a cafe to open west side! :oP

Hugh said...

Jon - I've been wearing her down for the best part of three years with the history and character of the place. It's like polishing marble.

Nick - kind of you, although for myself I found the old duffer infuriately pedestrian and was quite glad when he finally snuffed it. It all became clear to me when I realised I don't care about American politics, golf or jazz (my own failings, I'm sure).

Folks generally - I haven't left yet and may find a way to remain. We keepin' it real meantime. And hoping for a house price crash that I will bet money won't come.

Do carry on.

Anonymous said...

MORE reason Andy? Do you claim to know something again? Are you toying with our emotions?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what time it closes?

billiecat said...

I am thrilled that Degustation has opened and I'm going to shop there regularly to make sure Augustin's business thrives.

Am a bit worried to hear that the bread sold out this week - commandez des ficelles pour ce soir, SVP Augustin!

Anonymous said...

I was very excited to hear about Degustation but when i popped in yesterday I left baffled. I didnt see very much for sale, apart from some bottles of wine, cheese, bread and packets of ham. I dont understand how i can pop in on my way home from work and buy something for my tea there as there is nothing on offer substantial enough. Shouldnt it offer more fresh foods apart from French specialities? The selection is very limited at present however i willtry again in a few weeks and hope that its just teething troubles. We need more breads/meats/cooked foods etc... like a typical deli. I wish the owner all the best however as its a great idea to open such a store. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I bought a delicious pain flute on Saturday and was very impressed to see that Augustin's managing to undercut Tesco with his Bonne Maman jams. Also tried the asparagus soup - good but pricey...
Sarah

Brockley Nick said...

I bought a baguette, a pain au chocolate and a croissant on saturday morning. All very nice. And there were two other customers in there at the time.

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

I will always be disappointed due to the fact that the premises does not have the physical space to supply me enough roquefort to stop my taste buds going mad...

They should also try to stock some nice little french kitten treats too :oP

Plum said...

I have bought some champagne off Augustine and it has all been fantastic in value and quality. I could not recommend his service more highly and he certainly knows his wines. If you love champagne you will love this shop as it suits all champagne budgets. We also enjoyed one of his pear and almond tarts and it was superb!!!

Well done and thank you

Brockley Sarah said...

I bought a delicious loaf of Walnut and sultana bread from here on Saturday morning. They're obviously not short of business, as they'd nearly sold all their bread by 10.30am! This is great news, because they need our support. All the very best Degustation!
p.s. also bought a very good mocha from matchbox!

Anonymous said...

Lets hope he survives the opening of an M&S on the old Homeview site.

leenewham said...

I had my first visit to Degustation last night and it looks great! It certainly lifts the area. I bought some cread which was very nice (onion and walnut). The service was friendly, but the stock a bit..well, light.

This Saturday they get a lot more stock in, nice patisseries, cheeses, olive oils etc.

I love the fact that you can taste before you buy.

In all a great asset to the area.

spincat said...

They seem to be building up their stock slowly which is fine by me - what they have is excellent quality. The places looks very pretty inside, and friendly atmosphere too.

I Broccoli Brockley said...

Bought some delicious french wine in here yesterday. Cheapest on display was around £7 a bottle which is more than I would usually pay, but it was worth every penny. Can't remember what make it was though. Went back for another bottle and even though they were shut, they still let us in.

I think this is a great little shop, staff always very friendly and knowledgeable. But that's the thing about the French, they've just got that "I don't know what", don't they?

Anonymous said...

"But that's the thing about the French, they've just got that "I don't know what", don't they?"

No, they don't. I think we all know what the French have and, apart from possibly from bits of the French countryside, I don't think we Brits need it.

Mb said...

Is it just me or has this particular numpty been revealing is bitterness on more than one thread?

Anonymous said...

I like this shop and the French, they can keep their countryside. I would like the bread, car manufacturing and riot police.

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