Supermarket v The Broca Food Market

We've not written much about the Broca Food Market (209-211 Mantle Road) since it opened, but this weekend has given us an excuse to redress the balance.

By virtue of a mixture of internet supermarket shopping and a growing range of local shops, we've managed to eliminate the weekend trip to the supermarket from our weekly routine. But this weekend, on a last-minute search for pumpkins, we tried the Tesco in Lewisham. They had mountains of pumpkin-shaped plastic things, but no actual pumpkins.

Back in Brockley, the Broca was just putting the finishing touches to its "buy your pumpkins here" sign, just as we walked through the door. We bought two and 6 large free-range eggs, which are around 50p cheaper than the equivalent sold in Tesco in Lewisham.

So in our impromptu and unscientific test of price and availability - supposedly a supermarket's two strongest cards - Broca beats Tesco.

36 comments:

love detective said...

it's amazing how much it's commonly accepted that supermarkets are by default the cheapest option, i think the only thing they can genuinely claim for themselves over other types of shops is convenience

re availability - you can't get an aubergine in tesco catford at the moment for example, not even a space for them on the shelves with an empty pallet, just nothing, not even an empty space, nothing

Anonymous said...

have been a couple of times. Found the shelves a bit sparse to be honest, that was just after it opened so may have more stock now.

Anonymous said...

how much were the eggs, Nick?

Ben said...

Broca Food Market is fast becoming my default food shop. I actually like the fact that it's a bit sparse sometimes and you don't know what you're going to get. And they seem to have a game supplier, which is fantastic and almost unheard of in supermarkets. Going down at lunchtime, hoping they still have some pheasants...

The eggs are good. But I can't remember how much. Cheaper if you use tatty old boxes.

Headhunter said...

The be honest I do all my shopping dahn at Lewisham Market. It's dirt cheap, albeit a bit "earthy". Quite enjoy shopping outdoors though, they had pumpkins on some of the stalls on Sat.

Sainsbury's in New Cross had loads of enormous pumpkins when I was there a week or so ago, but I suppose they had sold out. That really good fancy dress shop on Lee High Road (Harlequin, I think it's called), was doing a roaring trade, I had to queue to get in then it was so busy I couldn't actually get out again with my purchase (a nylon Dracula cloak complete with ridiculously exaggerated high collar).

Anonymous said...

Yesterday I was tasked with buying a bottle of Multipulciano d'abruzzo.

As I was in the Co Op anyway, I checked and saw that they had it for (I think) £7.99. Went next door to Mr Lawrence and bought one for £6.49...

The Cat Man said...

The Broca Food Market is quite franky a great place to buy your food.

I brought a very large pumpkin for £3.50 on Friday, whereas last yr I brought a small pumpkin in Somerfield (in greenwich) for something like £5.

The Broca Food Market is very cheap for what it sells. They do fruit & veg boxes and they have a policy of trying to buy local produce. For instance, I brought a stack of norfolk russett apples and they had about 6 different types on sale.

I also wonder if Tescos sells Medlers, a mediveal british fruit, because the Broca does.

The Broca beats Tescos on both quality and price.

As I live very close by, it is also very convienent!

So all in all - I very positive thing to have in the neighbourhood!

Maradoll said...

My two cents: great quality produce - much better than anything I've ever found in the major retailers.

love detective said...

"I also wonder if Tescos sells Medlers, a mediveal british fruit, because the Broca does"

medieval british in the senses that it originated in the eastern mediterranean/middle east about 2 thousand years before the medieval period?

Hugh said...

All about the Cado, bruv. Anna big shout to Looshum Markit for bargain fruit n veg yeh.

Headhunter said...

Lewisham market - a pahnd for a bag of Kentish Russets and a bag of Kent.... erm, something else. About 15-20 apples in total. All for a pahnd, innit...

Nux said...

@ Anon 11.24, I totally agree - Mr Lawrence has loads of things cheaper than the co-op as well as a far wider range. Went to get some champagne the other day, only thing in the co-op was Piper-Heidseck, checked Mr Lawrence and that brand was £5 cheaper plus there was tons more to choose from. Ended up with a bottle they import themselves which was delicious.

The Broca has also saved my skin on some occasions when nowhere else had things in stock - poppy seeds, for example, I had failed to find in any supermarket - so now I can make muffins again. Hurrah for local shops!

I said...

Aaaah! Normal service resumes; BC discusses the price of fish.

I'm not sniping by the way. I actually find it all quite comforting and 'villagey'!

Nux said...

/me wonders if she has given the impression she lives on champagne and muffins. NOM!

Sadly not true although I bet they form two important food groups for Hugh ;-)

drakefell debaser said...

I use Broca Food Market all the time and really value it. Their fruit and vegetables are always good quality and the pears we bought yesterday were lush. Good bread as well.

Anonymous said...

and they serve coffee too....

Anonymous said...

It would be nice if Broca sold barn eggs for those of us without a preference.

Anonymous said...

I doubt that selling eggs from stressed hens with a miserable 1/30 of the space available to free range hens is in line with the Broca's ethics policy.

Anonymous said...

Well they should let consumers decide what's ethical. As I say, without a preference.

Brockley Nick said...

Why should they? You want barn eggs, there are plenty of places to get them. They've no duty to serve you eggs they disagree with.

M said...

If you don't have a preference why don't you just buy the free range ones as they are available?

Anonymous said...

As they're generally more expensive!

Interesting article in the Mail on this subject - "Fads of the Chattering Classes" - spot the Brockley stereotypes all over it! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1224176/Fads-chattering-classes-Are-walking-talking-middle-class-clich.html

M said...

So you do have a preference then - for cheap eggs.

Oh I see, you're a Daily Mail reader. That explains it...

Anonymous said...

Nice, an argument over the price of eggs. Mail readers really are sad bastards aren't they.

monkeyboy said...

never met an egg i've disagreed with. . .

I said...

Hear hear. (Damn. We need an arrow system on this blog).

Anonymous said...

"Well they should let consumers decide what's ethical."

You could make the same argument for any product or service whatsoever - including heroin and child sex.

Ben said...

Eggs are £1 a half-dozen in old boxes, by the way. Forgot to ask about heroin...

M said...

So, not actually any more expensive than barn eggs then.

Brockley Nick said...

Some of us like to pay a few pence more for the satisfaction of knowing that our eggs have been extracted with maximum savagery.

Tamsin said...

Or just insist on square ones that stack with no packaging.

monkeyboy said...

a Tesco food scientist is working on that as we speak

drakefell debaser said...

assuming he doesn't get sacked...

b. said...

yip, did our weeks shop there this saturday.
included in that a trip to magi for a birthday present for a mate - seems we didnt need to travel anywhere else.
win.

yaxu said...

The Broca is great, it has certainly improved my quality of life.

Nux said...

Read the Mail article, amused me that all the Google ads are for Yoga equipment and Abel & Cole. :-)

The title of his book is 'Stuff White People Like' I wonder if he'll write another hilarious book on "Stuff black people like" or would coming up with a bunch of rather spiteful stereotypes not seem quite as "hilarious" in that context?

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