Ewhurst Road

Hmm, there it is: Aus-tra-li-a. I'll be damned. Look at this country! U-R-Gay. Heh heh.
- Homer, Bart vs Australia

Whenever there's a discussion of what shops the area could do with, someone always suggests a butcher. That often results in an exasperated response from someone who speaks up for the butcher Brockley already has. In Ewhurst Road. To be fair, it's no wonder most of Brockley is unaware of its existence. Ewhurst Road is tucked away at the south eastern-most end of Brockley, next to Crofton School. Even from the Crofton Park strip, the road layout means that Ewhurst is relatively tricky to get to.

In addition to the butcher, the parade of shops also contains an off license, a chinese takeaway and a newsagent. We want to rid Ewhurst Road of its forgotten status by giving it its own home on Brockley Central. So if you have any reviews or comments about any of the businesses on this street, please post them here.

21 comments:

Paddyom said...

Drove down to the butchers there a few weeks back and was surprised to find that parade of shops hidden away. The butcher does some nice stuff and some excellent chicken gravy - a great find....

aero-static said...

Peter James is great for not only top quality meat, but they also have a small selection of veg to accompany your chosen cut. And great scotch eggs.

A café has also just opened opposite the butchers - not on the level of Brockley Mess, but not what you'd call a transport caff.

Add that to the very friendly newsagents, convenience store, chinese takeaway, chartered surveyors and a security store and Ewhurst Road has quite a formidable row of shops.

All this in the real Brockley central, not the faux North Brockley ;)

Tressilliana said...

Ahem. Crofton School has been re-named as Prendergast Ladywell Fields College. Trips right off the tongue, doesn't it.

Brockley Nick said...

Whoops, of course it has! Thanks for correcting me.

spincat said...

The cafe is shaping up to be good. I've had a good rabbit stew there and, one breakfast time, nice kippers. It has been open about a month now.

I've been recommending Peter James for years - he sells local honey and a good range of frozen fish as well as the excellent meat and veg mentioned above.

Anonymous said...

I live on Crofton Park Road and use these shops all the time (i have actually worked in the newsagents and Butchers as a lad)

Peter James is a fantastic butchers. The newsagents is very friendly and always have what you want.

The Chinese is ok but used to be better when Bobby owned it. The little grocery shop on the corner is good if you run out of things but i nipping upto Jays which is a lot better.

The cafe is shaping up to be very good. It's called Sweeneys and has a great menu, lots of specials of the day. The Pie and Mash is excellent but i was also impressed by the fish on the breakfast menu not seen that a lot. It's not like a Brockley Mess but likewise not a real greasy spoon. The owner always seems very happy.

I must say its a great little row of shops. One of Brockley's hidden gems.

By the way there is a new cafe opening in Honor Oak called Hop Scotch- It's where the old deli used to be.

Graham said...

Great butchers, really friendly. There is a butchers in Nunhead but its not even close. FC Sopers, fishmongers, in Nunhead are good however.

I think at the moment Peter James is open from Weds to Sat. Always busy always very good quality.

Anonymous said...

One of the best butchers in London.

We Crofton Parkers are very happy!

Ben said...

Good butcher. Been there a couple of times. I agree that it's better than the one in Nunhead.

patrick1971 said...

Peter James is excellent. I especially like the sensible opening hours - closed Monday & Tuesday, but open late on Weds, Thurs & Fri for returning commuters.

The people in the newsagent are very friendly, always happy to have a chat.

I've tried the Chinese a few times but not keen; not bad, but not great. I used to live just near Good Friends in Deptford, though, which was superb, so I may have been spoilt on that front.

Glad to hear the cafe is good; haven't had a chance to check it out yet but will soon.

And Nick, it's hardly difficult to find from the main Crofton Park parade; walk down Brockley Road, turn left into Sevenoaks Road and keep walking! I wouldn't want to be stuck with you on an orienteering weekend :-)

Robert said...

There used to be a chippie on Ewhurst Road. I remember whiling away my (mispent) youth playing on the Track & Field arcade in there.

Anonymous said...

Peter James is a fantastic butcher. The quality of his meat is fantastic - better and cheaper than anything you would buy at Borough market. He'll also happily order in anything special you might want eg. game etc.

Lucy said...

Peter James is great; not only good meat/veg/local honey etc, but Peter's a genuine Kentish fly-fishing old-school butcher, with a good supporting cast (part-time apprentice; sweet-talking sidekick at the weekends). Be prepared for good-humoured flirting if it's quiet... he does a brisk business with us local Croftonites. And his freezer is stuffed with fab Billingsgate fish. Tried Sweeneys this week and I'm hooked. Kippers? Pie Mash n' liquor? Cooked breakfast w bubble? What's not to like?

Monkeyboy said...

Butcher war! WH Beloved is my fav. Four home made pies for a fiver and will order whatever dead mammal you like. Also does a good line in meat based inuendo.

Anonymous said...

Am very pleased to hear there is recommended butcher in town as we were very disappointed with Wellbeloved over the Christmas break. He doubled the price of the meat just as we were picking it up on the 23 Dec and the pork pie was rubbish.

tom fulford said...

Have, for a while, been a fan of Wellbeloved in Tanner's Lane, Deptford - he's been there for two thousand years or something - but I'm keen to try Peter James. Less of a hike and better meat by all accounts. FC Soper is a great fishmongers

Danja said...

FC Soper is a great fishmongers

I have tried all times of day at the weekend and I always end up disappointed, driving on Moxons which really is a great fishmongers.

Whenever I go there I just see all the giveaway signs of poor fish - deflated eyes, gills dark or removed, loads of filleted and headless fish.

When should I be going? I have tried it at least 10 times, and I am utterly unconvinced so far (save for its smoked cod's roe which I am grateful it sells, and has no need of being so fresh).

Danja said...

The "whenever I go there" is Sopers, obviously. Not Moxon, who, my dislike of East Dullwits apart, always has great fish with the opposite tendencies.

Mb said...

Danja, tried fish dude at Brockley Market? Super fresh but a little pricy (I happy to pay a little extra for fresh though)

NAT said...

At The Codfather on Deptford market there's much thats okay always but generally there's some one variety that's practically jumping on a Saturday morning.

Its good to be flexible (along the dorsal) and then stuff to accompany can be picked up at Brockley Market on the way back.

And its the only place I know selling Hake at reasonable prices.

Mags said...

Left my beautiful home 13 years ago and miss crofton park totally. Ideally placed for lots of things local and inner London. Now priced out completely. Would be back like a shot. So enjoy and appreciate the area.
Ex true Londoner

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