Brockley woman wanders dangerously off-message

Carla Cornwell, 22, is clearly new to the area.

In thelondonpaper tonight, the Brockley resident can be found extolling the virtues of Lidl, single-handedly undoing the good work of a hundred frothy articles about Brockley's up-and-comingness.

She does remember her training and recover enough to claim that the reason she chooses the deep-discount retailer (as opposed to local delis) is that "it sells fair trade chocolate... and all the products have a lot less packaging." Nonetheless, the damage is done.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

I did read it, and wince. Not about the Lidl part.

max said...

Is it better than Aldi?

Hugh said...

How fit?

Tamsin said...

I have a recently acquired soft spot for Lidl. The Manager of the Catford Branch was extraordinarly generous in response to a request for a raffle prize, not just dishing out a standard voucher, but going round the shope with me and piling goods (in duplicate) into a trolley so that we could put together two really generous hampers.
The shop obviously doesn't have as much variety as Tesco or Sainsbury's but they sell the same branded basics and much cheaper. Worth venturing into - and go to the one in Catford if you can!

Headhunter said...

In riposte to the LIDL article, Cafe Oscar in Ladywell got a glowing review in the most recent issue of Time Out. They did a survey of London's top cafes and they likes Oscars. Viva la revolucion!

But changing the subject completely, according to the Evening Standard website, househunters are back in the market in response to rate cuts and a slight increase in lending from banks. I tell ya - get looking now whilst the markets down!

Anonymous said...

"Carla Cornwell, 22, is clearly new to the area.... She does remember her training"

You are pretty smug Brockley Nick. The busiest shop in Brockley is Costcutter. I buy my fair trade coffee there.

Don't get me wrong, it's nice to have the choice, I like grainy bread and fresh 'Kentish' veg and panetone too. But don't have a go at someone who makes different choices to you.

Lidl is best for panetone BTW

Brockley Nick said...

Anon, I don't know how much more tongue I can put in my cheek before it's obvious that it was written as a joke.

Headhunter said...

Anon - Way to go with the sense of humour failure!

nobbly brick said...

Carluccios is quite good for panettone as well, but there isn't one in Brockley

Tressilliana said...

Gennaro's in Lewisham. Huge added bonus that all around you people will be speaking Italian, which has to be one of the most fabulous-sounding languages in the world.

Thinks: add boxed set of The Godfather trilogy to Christmas list.

Anonymous said...

interesting - what is this Lidl's place and why do people talk about it? is it a sort of bulk buy place like Macro, if anyone remembers that store?

nobbly brick said...

Gennaro's, of course

apologies for not thinking of them first

Tressilliana said...

Macro still going strong over in Charlton. Lidl is a bulk discounter like Aldi, I believe. Don't often go over to Catford so haven't tried it but apparently it has a lot of good stuff if you know what to look for. German, which makes me think it would probably be a good source of lebkuchen and stollen. Can anyone confirm?

max said...

I swing between Gennaro's and Aldi. In effect I buy Extra Virgin Olive Oil from both, I use the Aldi's one for cooking and the real thing from Gennaro for dressings.
I've been told by a person that is able to make a comparison that Lidl is better than Aldi, I should try it but Aldi is nearer to me and the retail island where Lidl is depresses me too much.

Headhunter said...

LIDL does have some good German stuff like salamis and other sausages. Also bizarrely, both LIDL and Aldi sometimes get in massive loads of discount cycle clothing and bits like bike computers, lycra shorts, cycle gloves, panniers etc which they sell off at rock bottom prices.

There are loads of LIDL and Aldi around Brockley, you don't have to restrict yourself to Catford. I use LIDL near Surrey Keys and LIDL and Aldi on Old Kent Road

Anonymous said...

why you call them 'Lidl' and 'Aldi'?

Simplify. Call them 'The German shop' like my gran does.

lidl is best:
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=h4kBcm-ls8Y

fabhat said...

Lidl by the bricklayers arms has delicious pre packaged german smoked ham and also things like large tubs of crayfish in brine, at the costs of a single sandwich from m&s or pret. Also excellent and varied fruit juices but you have to read the cartons carefully so you don't get juice drink, rather than pure juice. I prefer lidl to aldi - better quality and slightly less depressing.

Headhunter said...

I love that Afrikan Boy LIDL track, it's so funny!

Anonymous said...

mmm... a large tub of crayfish in brine...

Anonymous said...

One for your records and for those who don't know, it's pronounced 'Leedle.' I only mention this because I spent years calling it Liddle and was corrected by the German store manager in Doncaster.

Headhunter said...

So Afrikan Boy with his Nigerian accent pronounces it accurately...

Now, do we say Nike or Nikey? Porsche or Porscha? If we stay true to the original pronounciation of course it should be Nikey and Porscha....

Please discuss

Anonymous said...

Danke Schön

Anonymous said...

it is nikey, of couse

betamatt said...

Brockley also got a (small) mention in the Guardian on Saturday in an article about property auctions and the bargains to be found there.
It was a picture of a 2 bedroom flat (possibly basement) with a guide price of £100,000 - it looked like it was in the conservation area but I couldn't tell which road.

fabhat said...

Hi Betamatt - that house was on wickham road - in the 40 - 46 block I think. An auction sign keeps going up and down outside it, like the proverbial...

Anonymous said...

No it wasn't.

fabhat said...

Sorry my mistake - I was thinking of the big spread in the Sunday times the other week.

Moira said...

There's a one bed property for auction next week at 44 Wickham Road with a guide price of £99,000. Check out Allsops and Acorn auctions.

Sian said...

FOr the GennaroDelifans amongst you, I can reveal that an on-line version is soon to go live, so you can salivate over panetone, cheese, salami, and all kinds of wonderful Italian food online at work or at home. And the owner, Antonio, will be delivering all over the UK so it's perfect for sending Christmas hampers etc. I'll put the web address on here when it's ready to go live.

Anonymous said...

That sounds good Sian - but can't you persuade him to open a branch in Ladywell? We really need a decent food shop round here!

Sian said...

I know... I'll tell him. I know another wonderful lady who wold like to open a good food shop but unfortunately the economic downturn meant that she wouldn't have been able to survive. I'll let Antonio at the Deli know his services are needed!!

Anonymous said...

Yes but the money saved at Lidl can be spent on latte and lunch at the Toads Mouth...
Brockley Jim

Anonymous said...

This was the funniest post for a while, nice one Nick.

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