Franklins, East Dulwich

157 Lordship Lane London, SE22 8HX
020 8299 9598

We tried this restaurant for Mother's Day. However patriotic we may be about Brockley, there is nowhere local that really fits the bill.

Parisien brasserie-meets-farm shop decor and hearty menu. The waiters were helpful and efficient despite the fact that every table was full and the bar area was heaving.

We had the roast beef and the sweet potato and courgette bake, followed by chocolate nemesis and the rhubarb pavlova. All were yummy, although the Yorkshire pudding was a little crispy for our taste. They could do with some form of children's menu too.

Epilogue:

The arrival of spring has prompted us to visit the East Dulwich garden centre several times in the last few weeks. Lovely though it is, every pound we spend there is a pound we wish we could spend in Brockley - a place with so many keen gardeners and without a major garden centre anywhere nearby.

30 comments:

Beecroft Alex said...

I agree the lack of garden shops for Brockley people is a real nuisance. I spent ages trying to find seeds after Sainsburys New Cross stopped selling them. The Wickes in Catford doesnt do them and in the end I found that (the now departed) Woolworths in the Lewisham Centre came up trumps.

Anyone know anywhere else that is good for seeds and anything else for a gardener around these parts?

I don't have a car so i'm very much bounded by public transport and my legs!

I feel this whole topic probably has a fair bit of mileage in it so maybe Nick could post something on the main page to this effect?

Monkeyboy said...

Think their is one in Malham Road, Forest hill? I only know because I've bought wooden flooring from the place opposite (http://www.wood4floors.co.uk/wb/pages/contact.php if your after floor stuff)

Monkeyboy said...

...or click here isn't this streetview thing smart??

Tressilliana said...

There was quite a big garden centre right next to the Brockley Jack until the early 90s. Now built over.

There was also a very small garden centre for a while at the end of Arthurdon Road, off Brockley Grove. Now built over.

Phoebe's in Catford is good. You can get there on the 171. The 171 would also take you almost all the way to Homebase on Bromley Road.

BrockleyBiker said...

484 goes ride by East Dulwich Garden centre.

veggiegirl said...

The 122 bus will take you to Shannon's in Forest Hill, as it did me yesterday (this is Monkeyboy's ref too). Very fine. Though it is the only one I've tried locally.

And don't forget Turner's Hardware (near Sid's Plumbing) for gardening miscellany if you just need the odd pot or small bag of compost or fertiliser; not sure whether they do seeds or not.

Tressillian James said...

Phoebe's in Catford is where I go.Also ofund that the B&Q on the Old Kent Road has great healthy, reasonably priced plants - very rare for a B&Q that usually have garden centres with plants gasping for a drink

Anonymous said...

There used to be one between Malpas and Upper Brockley Road, now social housing and an old people's home.

Anonymous said...

There was also a good one at the Lewisham Way end of Shardeloes Road, making 4 in total at one time.

PJ28 said...

Hi Beecroft Alex, have you tried Poundstretcher (down the side of Sainsbury's) in Lewisham Shopping Centre, they always have seeds and bulbs and gardening items. Good luck.

Brockley Jon said...

The Secret Garden behind the Sainsburys in Crystal Palace is a great place, and a good excuse to have a mooch round the antiques market, but agree, wish there was one more local.

psyche9 said...

Yes, four or five have gone in the area over the last 10 years (apart from the ones mentioned, there was one where the paint wholesalers is at Brockley Rise). I love the Secret Garden (122 bus goes all the way and there are loads of nice places to eat round about). Shannons on south circular is cheaper though, and starting to catch up with them a bit on range - in fact I think the seed range is better. There's a stall in catford market on Saturdays where I've sometimes got bargains.

Anonymous said...

Phoebe's in catford is good and easy to get to on the bus.

Anonymous said...

Shannons on Stanstead Road is pretty good, and not quite as far as the ED garden centre.

drakefell debaser said...

I buy a lot of stuff online and find harrod horticultural to be really good for seeds etc - http://tinyurl.com/c8aqge

They also have a sale on their raised beds and if you want to get a cheap and easy veggie garden they are ideal.

brockley mutha said...

wholeheartedly agree with you about franklins - food and atmosphere are great and, unlike many restaurants, you're never rushed from your table to make space for the next booking. Love it.

Moira said...

Drakefell - If you buy a lot online, do you use cash back sites? They're brilliant as you buy from your usual website, only you go through the cash back site first. I use Topcashback and recently bought buildings insurance for £120 and received £40 cash back.

drakefell debaser said...

Moira, I use sites like nectar etc for points but have never heard of topcashback. I’ll definitely give it a go next time as there are quite a few sites I use listed.

Interesting to see AIG offering cashback on there though, does Obama know?

Anonymous said...

Try this:

Guardian Eco-Store

Anonymous said...

I've only recently discovered phoebes in catford having been searching for ages for a decent garden centre around here and I would highly recommend it, a great selection of plants, seeds etc and also a pet section, so far the plants I have bought from there have done well and they have a good selection of fruit at the moment. A much wider selection than at Shannons or B&Q

Aoine said...

Shannon's Garden Centre
99-105 Stanstead Road, Forest Hill is very good.

Beecroft Alex said...

Useful tips which i'll check out. Cheers guys!

Headhunter said...

Yep I agree that Shannon's is pretty good, bought all my window box plants from there about a year ago, although I asked some woman there whether I could grow a Clematis in a pot by the back door and have it grow up the railings there and she said no because they like deep, cool soil.

However after that everyone I spoke to said it was OK, so I planted them in pots and they have thrived! One of them was like a Triffid, it had a life of its own and seemed to grow a few inches every day and I had visions of having to hack it back to get in and out of the back door!

I wouldn't recommend places like B&Q for anything except the hardiest of plants. Went there last year one hot day and no one seemed to have bothered to water ay of the plants on sale and most of them had wilted or were completely crisp, yet still on sale!

Graeme said...

Franklin's is great, and fits the bill for any occasion. Probably the best value in E Dulwich in my opinion (and the shop sells the best chocolate brownies this side of somewhere). No rush, friendly service, and pretty good sized portions from a frequently changed menu! (No, I'm not on commission)

Was talking to the owner last year and they were thinking of selling up and moving to NZ for a (supposedly) more stress-free life. They'll be missed if they do.

Graeme said...

It's kind of ironic that an area with supposedly green credentials has seen so many of its garden centres shut down in the last decade or so. I wondered if any business-minded person has re-evaluated the situation, and calculated whether Brockley could once again support such an enterprise?

Seems like a satisfying thing to get into, but probably, like most "ideal jobs", is a lot of graft for little reward.

tyrwhitt michael said...

Just like the community orchard I suspect Brockley is short of suitable sites for a Garden Centre.

Headhunter said...

Perhaps we'll see more garden centres opening over the next few years? I assume that during the property boom years, garden centres, which take up a lot of space for relatively little return, were often built over to realise big profit. Bit like petrol stations. Now that property is no longer the word on everyone's lips, perhaps we'll see other uses for vacant plots, at least til the markets turn again

Ben said...

Excellent lunch at Franklins on Sunday. Menu featured Rabbit rilletes (perfect for Easter) rolled spleen (perfect for my hangover) and squirrel (perfect for Giles Coren). The willowy waitress could do with smiling a bit more, but Franklins remains, for me, the pick of the crop in the broader SE locale, especially at the end of a worthy walk.

Anonymous said...

Bleurgh thanks for that Ben, spleen yuck the stench.

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