El's Kitchen, Ladywell

71 Ladywell Road

020 7998 2889

The Ladywell deli is now open and has been added to the Brockley Central list of recommended places. Please post your comments and reviews here.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Went on Sunday and bought a few things I havn't seen elsewhere. Looking forward to going back when the shop is a little quieter.

With the closure of the shop on the hill, it is good to see we have an even better replacement for good quality produce.

If only something could be done with the snackbar shop now besides masons! A nice cafe/coffee shop would go really well to compliment Oscars!

Pete said...

I went on Saturday and I was amazed how good it looks. The window display and the fruit and veg out on the pavement all looked fantastic.

I bought some cheese, veg, bread and salami and it was all excellent.

El's kitchen really brightens Ladywell up. I've only lived here for three years and in that time we've seen Geddes, Oscars and now El's Kitchen open up and really improve the high street.

Fingers crossed we'll get something equally good in the former NightWatch office which is now being renovated.

I don't understand why the previous anon feels we need a cafe though given that we've already got Oscars?

Anonymous said...

Just being greedy. I actually went to Oscars for a Breakfast after I bought my goods at El's kitchen. Only real reason would be variety I guess.

You can actually see the state of the nightwatch building inside now looking through the window, it needs and looks like it is having) a lot of work done!

Mondee said...

I went to El's kitchen several times over the weekend and think she has done a brilliant job with the refit. I bought some delicious cheese and lovely bread, among other things. Service was a little slow and the staff didn't always seem to know quite what they were doing but this is all normal on a first (extremely busy) weekend. I'm sure those small issues will be ironed out quickly. It's a great addition to Ladywell.

Geoffrey said...

A bright and cheerful shop in a prime spot, selling really good produce. Really lifts that corner as a focal point.
Great for Ladywell. All the best.

Marc said...

Bought some bread, sausages & salami. Wanted to try many more products so its good to have El's Kitchen round the corner. Good job on the decoration and a welcome addition to Ladywell high street.

don'tgetmestarted said...

How was the charcuterie?

Anonymous said...

There is another cafe nearby too, so including Oscars there are already 2

Anonymous said...

Anon-"There is another cafe nearby too, so including Oscars there are already two"-And your point is?

Before El's Kitchen the site was Yes Or Yes cafe and before that it was the Life cafe I believe.
El's Kitchen is Deli selling quality produce-the only shop of its kind int he area-not a cafe. If she does decide to start serving cafe style food-good luck her-if that's what people want.
What is so wrong with giving people a choice of where and how they want to spend their money in Ladywell.
Why can't you just appreciate a great addition to the area Anon or are you just green with envy because you haven't the guts to open something yourself or feel excluded because you can't afford to shop there?

Anonymous said...

Hi, you have a typo in the phone number. The correct phone number is ...020 7998 4889

TooManyAnonymi said...

@ Anon 08.44, I think Anon 22.32 was referring to the post by Anon 13.30. I may be wrong but that's how I read it.

(yes I know anonymi isn't a word)

KayinSE4 said...

El's Deli was pretty sold out of goods last night at 6:30, it was great to see such a roaring trade to be had in Ladywell.

anon 08.44 said...

@Anon-my apologies if that was the case-re anonymi 09.13

Anonymous said...

Bought some sandwiches for lunch there yesterday and they were excellent. She said it was the first day of doing them, hope they continue!

Monkeyboy said...

Opening a specialist food store in the teeth of a recession? Are you mental? Glad you did, just bought some cheese and am working my way through it.

Seemed busy a nd a good location so fingers.

Mb said...

...so fingers crossed I meant to say.... IPad issues.

patrick1971 said...

It looks like a lovely shop, but I think they're missing a trick by not being open until 7 in the evening. All us commuters coming back through Ladywell would love to be able to stop off at the local deli to pick up something for dinner. Yet it was shut today at 5.45 when I got off my train.

RosieH said...

Nipped in to El's this evening. Good selection of cheeses and deli staples. Fresh veg had all but sold out, so stocked up on olives. Very good.

El's say they will be open 8am to 8pm from now on - clearly there's demand - and the wine sampling is happening with the supplier this week. Expect a range of everyday wines at a good price and some special ones for more formal occasions.

All sounds spot on to me. Well done and good luck to all corncerned.

Anonymous said...

I've been to El's Kitchen several times since it opened. I love the deli counter and the fact you can buy the amount you want rather than having to buy big quantities. Cup cakes are wonderful. What a welcome addition to Ladywell.

Simon@Geddes said...

Olivia and our team are loving El's Kitchen. Wonderful fresh produce and plenty of variety. We are now almost spoilt for choice when it comes to buying our lunches with both Oscars and Rumbles within close proximity. The fish and chip shop and also the kebab house are open at lunchtime and both Mason's and the Ladywell Tavern offer something rather more substantial should we wish to eat-in.
It is great that we now have a real choice of places to go for our lunch and that all budgets are catered for.
Eleanor's deli looks fantastic from the outside and it has certainly brightened up the parade of shops along Ladywell Road.
I was a little disappointed to hear that the council have asked her to pay them £25 per week just to put fruit and veg on the pavement outside her shop. I feel this an own goal on the council's behalf and it certainly smacks in the face of helping a small start-up business. Having fruit and veg displayed outside of the shop really enhances the place and it is a shame the council have to have their pound of flesh. Perhaps our town centre manager would like to step in here and help Eleanor?

highhorse said...

Popped into El's Kitchen at lunchtime for just a loaf of bread and was invited to join in a winetasting session. Well, it would have been rude to resist... First impressions? Lovely shop interior, quality produce and - vitally important in my opinion - friendly and knowledgeable staff. Well done El, I wish you every success and this happy customer will be back.
PS The wines and bread were delicious, too!

Anonymous said...

We bought some fantastic fruit there last weekend; it's definitely worth having a good look at what they have outside as well as inside!

Ramble said...

I am not normally the kind of person to post negative comments but in this case I am, sorry. I am also going to email El's directly so at least it can be 'constructive' criticism.

So we just passed El's (on the way home from the lovely Ravensbourne) and were happy to see the fruit and veg still outside as we were after a couple of chilli's. Very happy to see they had some I grabbed a couple and opened the door. As I opened it my husband realised there was a closed sign on it. As the door was already open I didn't immediately shut it and was a bit shocked to be greeted by two filthy scowls and a 'we're closed!!!!' I apologised and said we didn't realise as all stuff was still outside, I just wanted 2 chillis? They just scowled again at each other said 'look there's another one outside' and huffed (there was another lady picking out some veg). They let me buy the chillis (17p we let them keep the change form a 20p). No thank you, just continued to scowled, I tried to apologies again and say it was a simple mistake, to which they ignored me completely and one ladies said to the other, 'I thought I locked it'. When the lady outside stepped in, she was again greeted with an aggressive 'we're closed!!!'. I feel very petty writing this but I can not remember the last time I was treated so badly as a customer.

This is no way to run a local shop. I understand the frustration of trying to close up and being pestered but all it takes it manners and common sense. If they really do no want people to pop in by mistake they should bring the fruit and veg in first, put up the closed sign and lock to door. It wasn't like we went to the door and banged for it to be opened and served.

It was a simple mistake on our side but not one that should be greeted with contempt and rudeness. My husbands first reaction was to say we are never going there again. I won't say that but I'm very close. I definitely won't try to actively support them. The ladies in Degustation have always said, if we're closed but still here feel free to knock and we'll serve you if we can. I don't except all shops to be this considerate. But a polite, I'm sorry we are closed, please come back another time would have be fine.

Ok rant over. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

You should have popped over the road to Rumbles - good, honest grub in there.

Ramble said...

Which is Rumbles? Gonna stick to the shop at the end of my road (Adelaide Avenue/Brockley Road) from now on, and maybe broca/degustation.

Anonymous said...

The best 2 shops in Ladywell are as follows:

Rumbles Restaurant

<a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=rumbles,+ladywell&hl=en&ll=51.456574,-0.020428&spn=0.100225,0.264187&sspn=0.012483,0.033023&t=m&z=13&layer=c&cbll=51.456542,-0.020568&panoid=mlaoe6EpDFSxb9ToJBia8g&cbp=12,159.12,,0,1.58>Mayil Ethical Supermarket and provider of good, honest food - not artisans fare</a>

Anonymous said...

That 2nd one:

Mayil Ethical Supermarket and provider of good, honest food - not artisans fare

Sue said...

I regularly shop at El's Kitchen and generally find the staff there very friendly and helpful. However I also got caught out similarly recently - in that case, the shop sign still said open, a woman was in the shop behind the counter and watched as I took the lights off my bike, got my bag out etc, only to find the door locked. It would have been nice for her to let me know the shop was closed rather than watch me unload everything from my bike and then try the door. I can see why they don't take the veg from the front in until they are ready to leave, as there's not much space left in the shop to maneouvre once they've done that. However, I'm sure if I mention it to El next time I see her, she'll take note - she can't be there 24/7 watching every move her staff make, and one slightly annoying thing is not going to stop me using an excellent local shop. So I'd urge you to give the shop a second chance.

I'm not a big fan of Rumbles, personally - not very good bread, not many veggie sandwich options, and limited opening times (I think most of their business comes from Wearside Depot to be fair, so that may be why). I always leave there thinking it could be so much better.

Has Mayill Food & Wine changed hands yet? Last time I went in there, there was hardly anything on the shelves - the owner had been away for months and was trying to sell it, leaving the staff in there wondering if/when they were going to lose their jobs (as the guys at Ladywell Supermarket did when that was sold last year).

Rubyblue said...

I love El's. All the staff have always been smiley, friendly and seem to know their stuff. I agree with Sue, I wouldn't let one misunderstanding stop me from shopping at such a great place. I'm sure I wouldn't have the biggest smile on my face at the end of a long busy shift on a Saturday either so wouldn't take it personally...plus they still served you. I'm also not sure it's their job to watch every person dismounting there bike whilst clearing up just in case they try to enter the shop, although appreciate how annoying that would have been. I may be a little biased as I've never had a bad experience at El's and have such love for good food and thriving small businesses.

Ramble said...

I think this is why it upset me douch though. There was absolutely no need for their attitude. I have always been happy with the service. But I can honestly say I have never been treated, looked at or talked to in that way for a long long time.

I'd have preferred them not to serve me but be polite about rather than make me feel like a piece of s**t for mistakenly thinking they were open.

I will give them the benefit of the doubt but they won't get a second chance.

As an after thought, I hadn't considered the lack of space as a reason for them not bringing in the fruit/veg. Maybe they should put a sign on the outside so you see if before you spend time choosing what you want.

Ramble said...

Sorry meant so much! Not douche! Stupid autocorrect!

Ramble said...

Sorry for poor spelling/grammar/mistakes. On my mobile after a few glasses of vino.

Pete said...

Rumbles is good for croissants and pain au chocolat in the morning. Not sure about Mayil's.

I find it pretty pathetic when people post stuff about "good honest grub". It really is trolling of the lowest order; grow up and get a life.

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