Peter James goes three days a week

Peter Etheridge writes:

Peter James [the popular Ewhurst Road] butcher is now open 3 days a week. Opening hours are Thursday 8AM to 7PM Friday, 8AM to 7PM and Saturday 8AM to 6PM. He also sells a variety of fresh frozen fish, fresh vegetables and sells home cooked ham, scotch eggs, gala pie, chritzos, panchetta and bottles of kentish apple or pear juice.

37 comments:

Mb said...

Great butchers, very knowledgable and good bangers... although "fresh frozen" fish is a bit of an oxymoron.

Anonymous said...

Second that - amazing butchers, one of Brockley's best assets.

Anonymous said...

is that chorizo and pancetta?

Gio said...

I'm very excited about having a butcher nearby but I had to check where this is. Is this area still Brockley? It's about 25 minutes walking from the station.

Honor Oak Bark said...

Agreed- uses many same suppliers as William Rose at cheaper price & shorter q time, great bangers, really good cooked ham & (massive) free range eggs, real Bacon, duck eggs, top quality mince... Ends up expensive for us as Peter ALWAYS seems to be serving the customer before us a mouth watering steak, hand cut from the side on front of you, and we always end up buying it too...
IMO Supermarkets just cannot offer the level of freshness or consistency in quality that your local butcher whose been to Smithfield and hand selected your Sunday joint before you've had your shreddies can.

HOB said...

Gio- we rate the producer at Hilly Fields Farmers Mkt as well if you're looking for closer, "olde English" sausages vg, and v competitively priced.
Are there any other local options people would recommend (other than Brockley Market, which is a given)

Anonymous said...

@Gio, It's in Crofton Park (SE4), the original Brockley station, and neatly sandwiched between Brockley Rise and Brockley Grove. Fairly good claim to be in Brockley.

Mb said...

Wellbeloved, tanners hill, deptford. Similar setup and top bloke to boot.

Anonymous said...

Wellbeloved is definitely not Brockley.

HOB said...

Exactly, Brockley doesn't boast a butcher's at its heart, so where do Brockleyites go? Likewise for bread, fresh fruit, fish, veg... You don't all live on frothy coffee and artisinal muffins, do you...?

Tamsin said...

No, but he's relatively local. And good. Nice pies. Nice chicken. And a lovely little antique shop round the corner.

Anonymous said...

That's what I look for in a butcher, antiques...

Mb said...

I'm a brockleyite. I go to brockley market, deptford market, Peter James and Welbeloved. Go crazy, we live in London, you have legs, there are busses. Hell, even drive.

It's really not especially important what postcode or old parish boundry you live in unless there is an issue I'm missing?

Em said...

It is a fantastic butchers, top quality meat, keen prices and a bit of banter (and cooking instructions).

Do you know why he has gone down to 3 days a week?

De-skilled Britain said...

Health reasons. He really could do with a lad that does the lifting on the market run , heavy duty cutting (I've tried butchery- it is hard manual labour) and afternoons in the shop; I had a similar role when a teenager for our local greengrocery dynasty. Unfortunately all the "lads" (BTW I'm female b4 u all start & we can do it too!) in remaining family butchers seem to be older than Peter already, and there's no-one coming up to take over is my take; if you ask Peter he will gladly share his views!

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Bill Welbeloved will pass on the family bussiness? They've been around since 18something, there's a picture in the shop of a woman in her graduation garb, presumably his daughter? Never seen her in the shop so perhaps this is the last generation.

gibby said...

Drinks butchers, Creeky Shed, Cheese Board and fish shop on Royal Hill Greenwich (pre Brockley Market days)

gibby said...

Drings butchers, not Drinks..

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Anonymous said...

Which antique shop?

HOB said...

Hmmm, Roast Chicken garnished with Drings' Black Pudding Chipolatas, yummmm....

Anonymous said...

Well beloved is vg but we need to try out this chap too. Sometimes we even go to bexley. (Dennis)

Anonymous said...

I thought it was in Brockley Rise...

Tamsin said...

Not the huge one the other side of the road which used to have the giant chair outside and which has now become an ordinary furniture shop (selling "dinning" tables - the same sign-writer as the Standard in Tanners Hill!) but a very small one on the south side - narrow shop-front, a few things out on the pavement.

Mark you, haven't been there for a while, but it still seemed to be operating when I drove past recently.

shopper said...

Tamsin I think you and Mark must be talking about two different butcher's shops. There is definitely no antiques shop near Peter James - not that anyone needs any more reason to go and visit him. A brilliant proper old-fashioned butcher's shop which we're so lucky to have in Brockley (yes, definitely Brockley - and Brockley for far far longer than the bit near the station!).

Anonymous said...

So if it is good (butchers) it is Brockley, if it is bad (shooting) it is Crofton Park?

Oh well, not to matter, it is a great butcher with lovely sausage rolls.

Anonymous said...

@Shopper, yes, Tamsin is talking about Wellbeloved in Deptford (as a follow on from someone else mentioning them as another Butcher that is probably closer to us on the other side of Brockley). Regarding the 'who was Brockley first' thing, firstly, who cares? and secondly what was the bit near the station called before then?

Shopper said...

People were asking if it was Brockey which is why I bothered to reply, Anon! And Mark was clearly confused, I knew Tamsin was talking about the other butcher. So sorry for getting in the way of your glorious reign as the only person worthy of taking part. It is interesting though, what was the "Brockley station" bit called originally? Old maps show Brockley as being in what is now Crofton Park (ie south of what is now the Brockley/Ladywell Cemetery and what used to be called the Deptford/Ladywell Cemetery). So was it part of Deptford? Very oldest maps have Brockley Farm being in Crofton Park area (actually right near the Peter James shop!) and further up near what's now the station is marked Manor Farm.

Anonymous said...

These maps would suggest that Brockley centre was Crofton Park in 1833, and just north of Blythe Hill Fields (or pretty much at the butchers as a coincidence) in 1917.

http://www.ideal-homes.org.uk/lewisham/assets/maps/brockley

Doesn't appear that the bit near the station had a name. Maybe "Lock House"? "St Paul" also seems to be in the rough area on the 1833 map, but I presume that's a diocese?

NAT said...

So Brockley really is the new Crofton Park.

Pretty odd to have a place wandering about like this, isn't it?

Mb said...

I've got an 1871 ordinance survey map. There was a ""little brockley farm" at where would now be the junction of upper brockley and Geoffrey roads.

http://instagram.com/p/O6ML29TZLC/

Even then the smart money was moving to the X.

Anonymous said...

@Shopper, nobody called Mark has posted anything, nobody except for you seems to be confused, 'Shopping' - Maybe, Reading, not so much :)
p.s. and this: "So sorry for getting in the way of your glorious reign as the only person worthy of taking part" wtf? wow, i'm glad i'm in 'new brockley' if that's how you old lot roll...

Shopper said...

You're right, misremembered - it was another Anon, not Mark, misread the "Mark you" line! And Anon you're the one who attacked me first out of the blue saying nobody cared about what I was saying! Blimey!

Anonymous said...

nope, there was no 'attacking' i was simply saying that why should anyone care which bit of Brockley was originally called Brockley now that they are all called Brockley? and you weren't even the first person to raise that point!
Crofton Parkers = very sensitive

Em said...

And back to what the thread was about - Peter James is a fabulous butchers (whatever area you call it). Gutted we were too late today for some of his yummy sausages.

Soberfairy said...

For info Peter has started selling fresh fish in addition to the frozen fish.

Anonymous said...

 Amazing - I've been waiting for a fishmongers as Soper's is a bit of a trek. This could be the ideal solution!

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