Dandelion Blue due to open within the week

Dandelion Blue, the much-anticipated deli that will neighbour the Broca on Coulgate Street, should be open within the next seven days, according to co-owner, Peter Foster.

The final touches are currently being made to the shop and we managed to grab a few minutes of Peter's time to ask him some questions...

What will you be selling?

We will sell a very broad range of produce, including cheeses, salamis, hams, sausages, oils, olives, antipasti, anchovies, fresh pastas, organic fruit and vegetables and easy-to-prepare meals.

We'll respond to our customers, so if there are certain things people tell us they want, we'll be happy to organise it. For example, at Christmas, we plan to order organic turkeys for our customers and we'll make fresh sandwiches on request. We hope people will think of Dandelion Blue as their deli, rather than ours.

What will your opening hours be?

9am - 8pm. We read people's comments about staying open late enough for commuters and recognise that it's very important to do so. We did initially consider opening earlier, but we watched people running for their trains every morning and decided there weren't that many people who were going to want to browse our antipasti at that time of day.

Was it important to open before Christmas?
We hope it will be a busy time and that's why we want to open as soon as possible, to give us a little time to get settled. We'll be supporting the Christmas Market on December 1st by running a raffle.

How will you differ from Degustation?

Obviously, Degustation is a specialist French shop and we're confident that our two businesses will compliment one another in terms of the range of produce that we offer. The more we've thought about it, the more we believe that we will benefit one another, by encouraging people to think local.

Why did you decide to open Dandelion Blue?

My business partner, Sandra, has lived in Brockley for a couple of years and was always disappointed with the quality of food available locally. While out locally, she overheard people with the same sorts of complaints and decided that it was the right time to go for it. My background is in film and commercials and Sandra's is primarily in marketing, so it was a big step for both of us. The messages of support we've had on Brockley Central and through our website have been very encouraging and kept us going when times got tough!

40 comments:

Monkeyboy said...

As a confirmed fat bastard who loves food it all sounds good. I've always wanted to chuck my comfy but slightly dull job and do something I'd enjoy - best of luck.

Will you be selling that favourite tipple, White Lightening Cider - only 99p a litre? The locals seem to like it and you wouldn't want to alienate them.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Cannot wait. The idea of some really good olives and prosciutto is making my mouth water already.

From a business perspective as well, I totally agree; there is SUCH an opportunity in Brockley for this and other similar "villagey" style shops. No competition as yet and a pool of potential customers that is already huge and will grow massively as the word gets out about the new train lines.

Well done for identifying the opportunity and very best of luck. We will certainly be among your first customers.

Kate said...

Sounds brilliant, can't wait!

(PS. I'm currently addicted to marinaded artichokes - particularly the chilli-marinaded ones from the Italian deli in Lewisham. If you can do something similar, I'll probably bankrupt myself ...)

Emma said...

Ooooh goody! I've noticed that some of their shelving is up as well. I wish them all the best. 2 delis in Brockley...how exciting!

leenewham said...

Great news.

KJ said...

Have just moved to the St Johns side of Brockley - but I think i might go back to using the old station at this rate. I just hope prices are reasonable (not cheap - just reasonable) so it can become a daily place to shop and not just a specialist deli.

Anonymous said...

Reasonable?!?!? I would prefer cheap.

Monkeyboy said...

On the way to the station this morning I spotted a partially stocked Blue Dandelion. All very arty, it looks like Nigella's kitchen. You can tell they work in the 'meedja'

Open for tonight?

Luke said...

If it's genuinely decent produce then I'm sure people will be willing to pay a 'reasonable' price for it.

I don't think it's possible to buy cheap food in the capital unless you grow/pick/rear it yersel...

Brockley farm anyone?

Pete said...

If you want cheap there is always Co-op, tesco and Lidl....

Anonymous said...

I'm going to take a walk down there this afternoon if it's open already.

I really wish them well, not just because it will be a great shop to go to, but also becuase it is so impressive to see people spotting an opportunity and having the guts to work hard, get organised and go for it.

Brockley Nick said...

@Anon, I totally agree. I bet a lot of people using this site thought about starting up something similar in Brockley, but never got around to it. I know that's true in my case.

Anonymous said...

It was open last night. loads of people from my train were drawn towards it like moths to a flame. It really is a lovely shop, and a great advert for Brockley for visitors. That section of street is looking great now. I wonder if there are any plans for anyone to use the last remaining shop space - Nick any news?

Changes like these could have a dramatic effect on the place. Less than a year ago there was nothing much to greet visitors getting off the train from Brockley, now they have the broca, the two delis, and after new year the changes to the common.
I don't think we could have asked for more to be honest.

One more point though. If we really want our community to thrive we all have to invest a little in it ourselves. Lets all make sure we use both Dandelion and Degustation. 'Use it or lose it' as they say...

JPM said...

I went Sunday evening (opening day).

Great to see the shop open at that time, and, boy, what a welcome to Brockley for commuters and visitors alike. (Can't wait for Christmas market on the 1st December.)

The atmosphere is terrific, with great food on offer and it seems to be remarkably well-sourced with unique foodstuffs. The sun dried tomatoes were absolutely fabulous!

I think the owners have really put some effort into the venture and I wish them all the best.

leenewham said...

It looks like an asset. I'm glad they have really thought about how they look. Other businesses take note.

mljay said...

I live on the edge of SE4, closer to Honor Oak Park, but I could not resist alighting at Brockley to have a look at whats going on in the neighbourhood.

Congratulations to Dandelion Blue. Great looks, friendly service, and lovely food.

You have a great future ahead of you. Fingers crossed I win the raffle.

Anonymous said...

Well done to the owners of Dandelion Blue - i totally agree that it's a real asset to Brockley. I can't quite believe we've got it actually -it's the kind of place somewhere like Blackheath would be proud of.

Nick, do you know if there are any plans for the other shop on that road?

Mr X

Ed said...

Dandelion Blue was unfortunately not open on Sunday when I cam to check both delis out. I ended up getting a great bottle of red wine for Sunday lunch at Degustation (£7.50 Sobelles or something - recommended to me as I don't really know all that much about wine).

I hope they both prosper and draw in another business to complete Coulgate Village.

Ed

Anonymous said...

Ok finally a moment to give a few thoughts on the two shops.

First, they certainly offer a MUCH higher standard of food than had been previously available. BUT it's quite dear for what you get.

Secondly, anything which is "pick your own" should be covered and never handled direct without gloves by anyone taking money as well.

Thirdly, D Blue is going to get very squashed when busy, thereby reducing people's inclination to loiter and therefore their spend in the shop. Need to open out the middle area.

But in general, good news and they will do very well indeed I am totally sure.

Monkeyboy said...

I have experienced the future of Brockley and it's smells cheesy....in a good way. Can I be the first one to refer to Brockley as 'Brockley Village'? Ought to add ten grand to my house?

Shop looks very flash, although your shelves are bending a bit. There's a lesson to be had, never let meedja types design a load bearing structure.

I'm typing this while dipping pitta bread in some designer taramasalata, all's good in the world.

Anonymous said...

@anon:

Hopefully the eyes and ears of Brockley Village (aka Nick) will be able to tell us the future of that last remaining Coulgate Street shop unit?

In the meantime, I do have it on very good authority that letting terms for the site have been agreed but I am unaware of the nature of enterprise involved.

On a slightly different yet highly topical thread, did anyone go to that meeting to decide on Brockley's £10k giveaway? Were there handbags at dusk?

Harry.

Anonymous said...

I heard Portman Bookmakers were taking the last unit...:)

James said...

I believe that Speedicars is going into the last unit on Coulgate St. while the building they are in is knocked down and a block of flats is being built. Then Speedicars will be moving back into the ground floor of the new building. I'm not sure how long all this will take and what will go into No 6 after.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I didn't realise there was to be a block of flats where speedi cars is. Not wanting to diss you James (in the current climate, if you know what I mean) but are you sure? I thought I would have known that....

Anonymous said...

Question is what will be next door to Dandy?????/ Still one shop left. It would be nice if Speedy Cars cleaned up a bit. What do you think.

Anonymous said...

ignore the last mail it a bit late

Anonymous said...

Why are they trying to make London. Didnt they close the video shop at top of Adelaide ave to a make a betting shop???? one opposite Toads mouth too already. Lets protest!

Anonymous said...

Why are they trying to make Brockley the betting capital of London. Didnt they close the video shop at top of Adelaide ave to a make a betting shop???? one opposite Toads mouth too already. Lets protest!

Bea said...

@ anon - I think the ref to a betting shop was meant to be ironic - not for real! It's not big enough!

Anonymous said...

that's interesting regarding speedicars, thanks James.

Re the restaurant/cafe/Caribbean chicken place, can anyone recommend it? I'm hoping it's the sort of place that needs a lick of paint but serves fantastic food. Has anyone been? thanks

Anonymous said...

i think this has prob already been touched on - but dandelion is well pricey! It looks like a lovely shop, outside and in, and the service was very friendly but I don't know how they can justify the prices!

chap said...

It is a bit, expect they will have to have a look at that as they settle in. Almost TOO stylish. Theres a better Italian Deli run by an italian couple in Greenwich (opposite the end of Christchurch Way) Been there for years. It's cramped, a little chaotic looking but feels like a real food shop rather than one invented by people who've bought too many Nigella books.

Amanda said...

I went into Dandelion Blue for the first time this week, ( I had some down time having just missed a train).I bought some pancetta and a Dandelion Blue bag. (This is now my defacto 'shop local' bag). It's much better designed, and practical than the council produced one.

Dandelion Blue looks lovely. Its style sets up certain consumer expectations, as the place beds in the community I'm sure it will improve.

I wanted to buy stuff, but a lot of the produce is new to me. I think they could address such issues by holding tasting evenings. Or by having 'a recipe of the month', using an ingredient they sell.

This place has lots of potential. I hope that it can be realised.

Anonymous said...

£1.50 for a cup cake!!!
Who is this shop for???

Anonymous said...

I saw a note today in the Dandelion Blue window saying the shop lease was for sale. Does this mean it's closing?

Scared said...

Omg goodness noooooo. It's going to be another bookies.

lll said...

Considering that "Sandra's" background is primarily in marketing. There's not much marketing activity that's caught my attention by Dandelion Blue. Compare how the guy from Jam Circus engages online, with his own site, and on here, and is involved in community initiatives and he's based in Crofton Park. If Dandelion Blue are in trouble then I hope the other new enterprises around here take note, learn and ACT, to avoid a similiar fate.

Anonymous said...

DANDELION BLACK?

Hugh said...

What is the point of these places in the age of Tesco? Do they sell anything better or cheaper?

Anonymous said...

No

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