Budgens, Crofton Park


Proving that smaller, franchised, high street convenience stores don't have to be like Costcutters comes the new Budgens on Brockley Road, near-neighbour to the new Co-Op.

From the street, the new shop is a vast-improvement on what was there before. Inside the shop looks clean and well-kept and we got a friendly pat on the shoulder for no particular reason from the manager as we left. When we asked where something was, they not only knew what we were talking about, but where to find it.

As a result of this article, we also have a lovely new "Crofton Park" tag, which people have been asking for.

36 comments:

brockley sarah said...

Another positive addition to the area. I find the name of the shop peculiar, as it hints at 'budget' and possibly lower quality food, but they are actually full or great quality produce!

The Brockley Telegraph said...

Hmm, one against my theory of regeneration....

See. I hate Mondays.

patrick1971 said...

Hooray for the new Crofton Park tag!

Anonymous said...

The events diary could do with a bit of updating.

Anything happening in August?

Anonymous said...

Crofton Park is looking a whole lot better than Brockley these days. Time to trade up perhaps?

Headhunter said...

Hmmm... Trade up to Crofton Pk? I think I'll leave it - I find Brockers way more convenient in terms of location

Tressilliana said...

Public information announcement: Crofton Park station is in Zone 3.

We used to shop in Budgen's when I was a student. I think then it was a chain of small supermarkets. I have the impression it's now more like Costcutter or Nisa, ie a brand an independent shopkeeper can sign up to to get access to cheaper wholesale goods, including some 'own brands'. Is this what the new Budgen's is like?

Anonymous said...

You're going to leave Brockley for Crofton Park because of a Budgens, when we have 3 deli's a costcutters, a tube coming, proximity to the hilly fields...?

Tressilliana said...

Yes; but, on the other hand, Crofton Park has the library, a good wine merchant, the Co-op as well as Budgen's, at least one coffee shop and easy access to Hilly Fields, Blythe Hill and One Tree Hill. The tube will stop at Honor Oak Park as well as Brockley.

Anonymous said...

Honor Oak? That's on the south coast isn't it?

Bev said...

Well apart from providing the library, a good wine merchant, the Co-op as well as Budgen's, at least one coffee shop and easy access to Hilly Fields, Blythe Hill and One Tree Hill (and Jam Circus, and Mr Lawrence if you like that sort of thing), what's Cofton Park ever done for us?

Headhunter said...

I'm sure there used to be/is a big Budgens on Upper Street in Islington. They certainly used to be all over the place, although come to think of it I don't see them so much any more...

Crofton Pk vs Brockley, I know C Pk is very nice, but for late evening returns from central London I find Brockley or more specifically, Manor Ave more convenient as it's v close to Brockley stn but also St John's, Lewisham and New Cross. I have walked back from all of those stations after a last minute dash for perhaps the last train long after the Brockley services have finished following a night out

Anonymous said...

High st v High st comparison, Crofton Park is better.

But I just don't want to live in Crofton Park, Brockley is cooler.

Alex said...

I went into the new Budgens at the weekend and was pleasantly suprised. Similar to the Co-op in terms of stock but a much nicer place to shop in because it's not nearly as cramped. Having said that Co-op is much closer to me so i'll still be shopping there.

Brockley Kate said...

Just given the new Budgens a go, very immpressed with the smiley shop owner and the goods aren't bad either! Plus they're open til 10pm on Sundays which will be VERY useful given that I often find myself wanting to cook 'proper food' at about 6pm on a Sunday when most shops are closed!

Monkeyboy said...

...and I think they run much more of franchise approach so presumably more of the money you spend will go to the people running it rather than supporting the Tesco behemoth? (not that I'm convinced that Tesco is the devil incarnate but just a thought)

Anonymous said...

Brockley should swap its shops for those of Crofton Park. But we'd keep Fishy Business and Dominic's Pizza.

Richard said...

Why are Brockley and Crofton Park treated so exclusively? Both are within easy reach of one another - I see Crofton Park as having the better mini-supermarkets, wine shop, drinking spots, etc whereas Brockley has the caf├ęs. Brockley is zone 2, but Crofton Park is better for somewhere like Oxford Circus and Honor Oak is 5min walk for the ELL. Hillyfields is 5min walk from Brockley & Crofton Park.

Personally, living near Honor Oak, it's a shame I can't regularly pass by the Brockley delis, but otherwise there's not much between Crofton Park & Brockley, nor is there any reason not to regularly walk from one area to the other, it must be a mile tops!

When the tube arrives I see Crofton Park benefitting enormously - within easy reach of 2 tubes stations, hillyfields, honor oak, etc, several bars, but without the Brockley prices.

Richard said...

Kate, the smiley owner is a lovely guy, although when I was 14 and doing his paper round he could be a little stern at 6 in the morning!

The staff are made up of at least 2 of his sons, his wife and his grandmother. Jay was polite and welcoming before the Budgens refurb, but now it's ridiculous!

Anonymous said...

I used to shop at budgens years ago when I lived in crouch end,it was much better even then than any of the SE4 shops,unfortunately I won't use it much.It seems a little bit far.living in conservation area convenience is the name of the game.

jon s said...

Budgens is a franchise that is looking to expand. Their Value proposition is buying from smaller producers who do not have economies of scale for The large chain supermarkets and signing up independents that want their distribution chain. Some of their food isn't half bad.

It's not all low brow either, There's one in Belsize Park, NW3!

mljay said...

went for a visit last night. very spacious, well laid out. better than the co-op which is squashy. Good spread of veg, meats and groceries etc. Sells free range chicken. Will be a good local (which will do cashback). Go Brockley ;-)

brockley mutha said...

The Coop do cash back as well - I was amazed to actually be asked if I wanted cash back - the last time I shopped there.

A big difference from 'no cards, no cheques, no cashpoints, no cashback' Costcutter.

I like both the budgens and co op. Although on sunday when I wanted fresh coriander - neither could help me, and it was into the thai supermarket that I ventured. There I bought fresh coriander, jasmine tea and gunpowder tea and the shopowners were quite lovely.

Anonymous said...

Get your kids to grow some coriander in a used yoghurt pot.

spincat said...

I also really recommend the Thai supermarket next door to the new Budgens - the range and quality of the food is good and the women who run it are knowledgeable about Thai ingredients.
I'll shop at Budgens too - the family who run it ran the newsagent/minimart there for years and years. The trouble is that I know them quite well, which meant, when i went, I ended up buying more than I intended: Lewisham market and Turkish Food Centre are my normal 'shops' - and a lot cheaper - places like Budgens would be just for the occasional something I've overlooked. Though not last Saturday. Was pleased for them they were so busy.

Moira said...

The Thai supermarket is owned by Da who also owns Just Thai Thai. The women who work there know about ingredients because practically every Thai person is obsessed with food. They have not experienced the disjuncture with food as we have.
I remember going to Laos for the day with a group of Thai friends. We picked up a taxi over the border and my male Thai friend sat in the front. His half hour conversation with the driver was solely on the subject of food - recipes, ingredients, best places to eat etc.. Not something I'd imagine I'd experience in a taxi in England.

Oh and check if there are any curry puffs for sale by the checkout - Da makes them herself - delicious.

Anonymous said...

What about the brockley jack theate! they keep going despite no funding from Lewisham thats what this area should be supporting
Bill

Anonymous said...

jays dunkno

13:24 stirring it said...

Two free ATM's (I don't think I've ever encountered a Bank of Ireland one before), 2 half-decent and ethical mini-supermarkets, and two good watering holes each catering for a different clentele. Crofton Park Rools!! Yeah.

And you can keep your Hilly Fields. Too crowded. Give me the peace and solitude of the cemetery anytime.

13:24 said...

Make that three holes of the watering variety.

Anonymous said...

ethical... yawn

Amatullah said...

I grew up across the road from Jays and have seen it go from strength to strength over a period of 18 years.

Jay is a wonderful family man with a great family and I'm glad to see his shop get some recognition!

Thanks

Katriona said...

I think Budgens is pretty much the best shop in the area. I walk up there even though I'm much closer to Costcutter... the only thing I haven't been able to get there is Jalapenos. They (usually) have more fresh herbs than anywhere else, meat & fish are good and they have a good range of 'ethnic' products. The staff are lovely (they gave my flatmate too little change and chased her halfway back to the house when they realised their mistake!) Layout, space & cleanliness much better than anywhere else too I think.

Anonymous said...

A similar Budgens store would be a perfect in Ladywell high street.

It has fresh produce, good selection of day to day necessities. How do we get them into our area?

Pete said...

I've not been in the Budgens but it does sound good.

I'm not 100% sure that any of the empty shops would be big enough in Ladywell though. It's a shame that Ladywell food and wine isn't better but they have started to make an effort with a greater range of fruit and veg.

brandon said...

were will we be doing the paper ? let me know because i am up at 5.30 ever morning

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