Lewisham Model Market - Finger Lickin' Good

Brockley Jon here. We went along to the opening of Lewisham Model Market last night, where the sun was shining, the ribs smoking, and the spirit of Lewisham in full effect.

The night looked to be a runaway success, being packed by about 8, with crowds of hungry urbanites waiting patiently outside. Everything was calmly managed though, meaning that queues were fairly minimal - you could get to the bar, and there was just about still room to mill about between stalls or find a spot to picnic.

We took a few photos in the dark, but none of them did the place justice, so below is a snap from their Twitter feed to give you a flavour. The vibe is a sort of a festival/industrial/favela/wild-west hybrid - both exactly what we expected but also much cooler.


Let us know what you thought of last night, or tonight, in the comments below.

39 comments:

terrencetrentderby said...

Dare I ask what the "spirit of Lewisham is"?

Brockley Jon said...

Rum!

Loz said...

Great atmosphere last night with a variety of top quality food on offer. It had a festival vibe with people dancing around the DJ until the early hours. I'll definitely be heading back soon.

Lewisham till I die said...

It was fantastic, great atmosphere, awesome to be able to go out locally for a change and couldnt believe I was in central Lewisham. However, the jerk chicken stall was a rip off. They decided at 8pm that actually 4 small chicken wings for £5 would no longer include rice, plantain or coleslaw and then changed it on the menu board. For that you had to pay £8 for a small container which meant a lot of people decided against it and went elsewhere. I went for it and had to get something else to eat as it wasnt exactly a 'feast' more like enough food for a small bird. I dont mind spending £8 a pop if the food is good and fairly substantial so will try something else next time. Nevertheless, we will definitely be going back again and again. Lewisham needs its own Brixton Village and it has it albeit for 2 evenings a week. Hopefully in the future there will be a more permanent foody place like this as the area is crying out for it.

Lewisham till I die said...

It's a new deodorant by Lynx 'Spirit of Lewisham' a rival to Lynx Africa

Headhunter said...

I was there on Sat night, arrived pretty early and the area in front of the main bar was a real sun trap... Perfect night to spend in a derelict market! Food was very nice, had some pulled pork, a "drowned sandwich" a couple of bits of brownie and tastes of other people's stuff as well as various cocktails and beers.... We were sat in 1 of the booths down the side, as the evening wore on the music got louder and eventually it was pretty hard to have a conversation (I think I'm getting old) especially in the booths where the speakers were v close to the tables and the sound ricocheted off the brick wall opposite.... Nice bunch of people there though, early on there were quite a few families with kids and later adults only. It was a nice touch to light the mini bonfire things, at 1 point people were roasting marshmallows over the fire... Will definitely go again...

Topcatthehat said...

Totally agree with the sentiment of those above. Totally fantastic. This is real success that is very well run and a nice friendly atmosphere. My wife and I visited Saturday evening. We had a Selection of burgers from the Tomato (I think thats what it was called) which were outstanding, Mojito from the coctail bar and some mini hot dogs which were also very nice. The Meantime beer was also rather good. We will go again for sure.

max doom! said...

how big were the wings? doesnt sound a lot for a flim. i like me jerk chicken though

Lewisham till I die said...

Wings were very small, I'm slim and dont have a massive appetite but no way enough food. For example, if for some strange reason Eric Pickles were to come down for some jerk chicken he'd probably need about 30 to fill his expanding face and gut.

Mark Racz said...

am I reading this right? having a "favela" vibe is a good thing? Well, I suppose as long as after having chicken wings in "the favela" you return to a 2-bed vic con and watch a box set on a plasma tv, it makes sense.

Headhunter said...

Erm I think "favela vibe" is supposed to refer to the community spirit despite grinding poverty and derelict housing conditions....

Mark Racz said...

since when is "community spirit" the first thing that comes to mind when saying favela? I think we're not mastering words too well. And comparing Lewisham poverty with favela poverty is a fallacy of troublesome proportions.

Mark Racz said...

I am fun at parties, I'm less so on forums.

tubby said...

I go to central Lewisham purely to see the obesity epidemic in action, especially so during warm weather

Brockley Nick said...

Maybe it looks a bit like a favela? Also, why merely object to the favela comparison? The wild west was a lovely place, was it?

Mark Racz said...

yes. and that's what Brockley Jon was expecting and apparently it was cool. I'm waiting for the Ebola chic craze at the fried chicken place in Deptford, you won't have to instagram it to get all the yellow hues.


the WW comparison was so childish it didn't even need attention. but if you wanna go down that road, yes, that's ridiculous too.

terrencetrentderby said...

Brockley does love its poverty tourism.
Was thinking more township than favela.

anon said...

I go to see what new sportswear they're wearing ;)

Headhunter said...

They way you both talk you'd think that Brockley was home to some kind of wealthy, titled class, lording it over the area! I doubt that the majority of Brockley residents are what you might term "wealthy"... Solvent and able to afford rent in a gentrifying area, perhaps yes but Brockley is not Mayfair...

terrencetrentderby said...

"They way you both talk you'd think that Brockley was home to some kind of wealthy, titled class, lording it over the area!" See Brock Soc's "hidden agenda"?

"I doubt that the majority of Brockley residents are what you might term "wealthy". Not majority but there is a sizable coffee swilling elite

"Brockley is not Mayfair..." Not yet anyway! Eh Nicky?

Damian said...

Coffee swilling elite?? For heavens sake

Bill said...

I go, on my way to the golf range, with car doors locked and windows wound up.

Eoghan said...

Actually relative to present day U.S.A, the wild west era of American history was fairly tame. I would hazard a guess that gun crime and violent crime in general has massively increased since the late 1800's.

Headhunter said...

Gun crime may have increased but so has the population....

Eoghan said...

That's true, but it does not change the fact the Murder and Gun crime per capita has increased.

Brockley Nick said...

Gun control was stricter in Tombstone than modern day Arizona. You won't find me defending US gun law insanity.

Brockley Nick said...

It would be good to see the data behind that fact* however. *may not be a fact.

Eoghan said...

Nick, here is the data behind the fact*. http://www.examiner.com/article/dispelling-the-myth-of-the-wild-west Hope this helps.
*Is this really necessary, asking for data implies that you are unsure of the veracity of the claim.

Brockley Nick said...

ta. Not always. But when you start by saying "I would hazard a guess..." and later assert it as a fact, I think it's reasonable to ask!

Monkeyboy said...

Yes and no.... But mainly no. Good book, worth a read. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Better_Angels_of_Our_Nature

max doom! said...

that right it's £3 to get in now? cheeky buggers. that's me out.

Brockley Raf said...

Yes, I thought that was a bit cheeky. I don't remember them charging at the Dalston one (maybe they do now?). At the same time, £3 for a great evening isn't terrible. Annoying, but definitely not enough to count me out

Brockley Nick said...

I think they don't charge entry fee if you get there early enough...

Brockley Raf said...

Good to know. Seems fair enough to charge £3 for those coming in the evening, plus it's probably just enough to keep out troublemakers

Headhunter said...

They didn't charge when I was there on the 1st Sat but then we were there very early....

Royshirttugger said...

Been there twice, I am pretty sure I will go a bit like Brockley market which seems to be full of poseurs. Am not against this but the urban welly brigade do grate on me quite bit. I just don't want Brockley, Lewisham to become a Dalston-lite with even more pushers and fancy dressed spaced cadets than we stick in a starbucks.

Todd said...

It's £3 after 7 but free from 5 - 7. I think it should be open on Sundays and possibly Thursday evenings, on the 3 occassions I've been it has always been packed out. Dalston also charges £3 after 7 but think it should extend to 8 really , I wouldnt count myself out from the experience over a measly £3.

Guesty said...

I checked out what "Newisham" means, it's a marketing hashtag, by the people from the Dalston place, to rebrand Lewisham to make it appeal to yuppies and hipsters that might have previously discounted the area because it image was too staid.

Testing said...

It's free until 7pm as stated and you go out and back in, just get your hand stamped. The people inside charge what they like. The stall owners aren't taking the £3 and the Street Feast guys aren't taking the money for the food (just charging for the space)

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