Peter James, Ewhurst Road

Ben has been in touch with this heartwarming piece of local business co-operation, which is something Brockley does well. It also gives us an opportunity to devote a thread to the Ewhurst Road butcher Peter James, which has a group of acolytes so devoted that almost any thread becomes an opportunity to pay tribute:

A small thing that I thought might be of interest, particularly following the recent discussions about Ewhurst road is a bit of praise for Peter James the butcher. Having shopped there intermittently since we arrived, have always been impressed by the produce and the customer service.

Shopping there on saturday, however, and we were given a free gift of a either a bottle of wine at Mr Lawrence or a pice and mash at Sweeneys over the road, accompanied by a thank you note for the continued business in a tricky time. I thought it was a really nice touch, and reflected really well on both Peter and his excellent shop, but also the local area and community. Just thought it worth a quick mention, as it just goes further to reinforce the appeal of the area, and the case for good, small businesses, of which there are some great examples in Brockley.

33 comments:

Graham said...

We too got a bottle. The guys there are amazing. The meat is brilliant - especially the sausages. They are really friendly and they seem to be doing a roaring business. Nice one.

Monkeyboy said...

I'm declaring a WH Beloved love-in, bit more convenient for me. It's in a slightly rougher area so you may be queuing with the great unwashed. Doesn't do frozen fish but great home made pies (keep a couple in your freezer for when you can't be arsed)

His family has been in Deptford since the 19th Century so will satisfy the 'keep it local' crusaders.

Anonymous said...

Agree there Monkeyboy, the pies are fantastic.

Nux said...

I visited Peter James for the first time recently, looking for a fillet of beef joint for a special dinner. I was offered two kinds of beef (one more matured) and then when I picked he brought out half a cow from the back and carved me off what I wanted. The meat was fantastic. He also did a very nice scotch egg, and offers wild rabbits which he catches with his own ferrets :-) I think the River Cottage cook book will be getting some use soon!

Overall very friendly and helpful, would recommend and am delighted that he is so close by :)

ppp said...

We totally need a Brockley edition of Come Dine With Me.

Crofton Parker said...

I got a bottle last week - in the Saturday rush a previous customer left without his freebie and Peter's second-in-command was sent to race out after him. Such a nice guy - and as Nux says, he will happily give you the meat cut you ask for before your very eyes. It is just like how butchers used to be in the Olden Days of my childhood...

Anonymous said...

It does make you feel warm and fuzzy watching someone who knows what they're doing. Mr Beloved cut me rib eye steak from the rib, it was nice and aged sort of ruby red and drier than the vacumed packed stuff from the super Market.

Anonymous said...

Beloved of Deptford seems to have highjacked this thread!

Anonymous said...

Beloved of Deptford seems to have highjacked this thread!

Tamsin said...

No, it's 50:50 so far. And obviously both excellent and far enough apart not to be in real competition with each other.

Makes me feel guilty about the chicken I have just bought in S(you know who...)

Anonymous said...

I just think Its great having two family Butchers In close proximity.

tyrwhitt ali said...

Don't suppose anyone has the opening hours for Peter James? Saturday's are quite manic for me at the moment but I really want to try this place!

Anonymous said...

Dont know If the phone No Is any good AlI, 02086903320,Maybe plug BC while your on there.

Anonymous said...

We experienced the same generosity when we popped in last week to pick up our ferret-caught wild rabbits, some oxtail and two superb, well-hung, juicy rib-eyes, cut from the bone. Peter is a true local food hero and deserves all the praise he gets.
With around 23 local butchers closing every month in the UK, this guardian of high quality, sustainably-produced meat and outstanding service needs all the support he can get from the local community to keep going.
He opens late a few evenings a week (can't remember which days) and on Sundays, so there's no excuse for buying factory-farmed, industrially-produced meat just cos its convenient.
Thanks for saving us from the supermarkets Peter!

tyrwhitt ali said...

Thanks for the phone number. Late night opening and Sundays are indeed good news!

Crofton Parker said...

Ali, just be warned - he's closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

patrick1971 said...

Closed Monday & Tuesday, and I thought Sunday as well but I may be wrong. Open until 7pm Weds, Thurs & Fri. Will get you meat in if he doesn't have it (he got me some pork kidneys).

I too received the free bottle of wine which was much appreciated. It's a great shop and I wouldn't buy meat anywhere else.

Anonymous said...

Peter James is a local legend. Really glad to hear him getting his dues.
Eat more meat.

Crofton Kirsten said...

Since moving to Crofton Park in January I looked for a great butchers and have succeeded.
On our first visit we were warmly greeted and were presented with a bottle of wine as a friendly token of our custom during the recession.
The meat was beautiful, and I have since visited and have not been disapointed.

Anonymous said...

I have a certain amount of knowledge in the area of sausage consumption and I can say without any hint of hesitation that the best pork sausages available in the whole of the land are to be found at Peter James'. His own well-guarded recipe and one that's to be taken to the grave. Worth travelling for.

Anonymous said...

Sainsburys own pack of Lincolnshires (in a pack of 8 - not the 'taste the difference' pack of 6 - dishonest fare) are great and are 2 packs for £4 at the moment. Tesco lincs are nice also.

Pete said...

So tired of nihilists such as the above anonymous commenter. What's the fucking point to your existence?

Anonymous said...

Yes, how dare someone, in a discussion about sausages, offer their opinion on sausages. Vile.

Tressilliana said...

If by 'dishonest' you mean expensive and/or pretentious, why don't you just say so?

Mb said...

Never encountered a sausage I didn't like. Even the fat filled offal tube from Top Chef was consumed with gusto.

Bought some from Jacobs ladder @brockleymarket. V good.

Roget said...

Well, why have more than one word for anything?

Peter Etheridge said...

Please note as from May 2012 Peter James butcher is open 3 days a week. Opening hours are THURSDAY 8AM TO 7PM FRIDAY 8AM TO 7PM & 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.

Peter Etheridge said...

Please note as from May 2012 Peter James butcher is open 3 days a week. Opening hours are THURSDAY 8AM TO 7PM FRIDAY 8AM TO 7PM & SATURDAY 8AM TO 6PM. He also sells a variety of fresh frozen fish, fresh vegetables, Free Range eggs, home cooked ham, scotch eggs, gala pie, chritzos, panchetta and bottles of Kentish apple or pear juice.

Fireworks said...

Please note as from May 2012 Peter James butcher is open 3 days a week.
Opening hours are THURSDAY 8AM TO 7PM FRIDAY 8AM TO 7PM & SATURDAY
8AM TO 6PM. No longer sells cooked meats but sells wonderfully fresh fish instead. Well worth a visit.

Adela Garyali said...

Just want to second all the good comments on Peter James. I've bought a wide selection of meats and cuts from him, and they have all been delicious. Particular favourites were the Christmas turkey (hardly gave off any water when cooking and the meat had a lovely flavour) and a recent pork loin joint on the bone that was wonderfully juicy. Prices also very reasonable. Anyone know of an award we could nominate him for?

Ladywell Lady said...

I also want to add to this thread just how fantastic this business is in terms of range, quality, price and service. Some of the best sausages and steaks I have ever tasted, and better priced than Waitrose. Peter is continuing with the freebies too - I spent just over £50 in one hit recently and was thanked for my custom with a lovely bottle of organic pear juice. Unexpectedly lovely!

Peter James Butchers said...

Thank you to all for your lovely comments which are very much appreciated.
I am happy to inform you that we will soon be opening 5 days a week.
FROM 22ND OCTOBER 2013 OUR OPENING HOURS WILL BE:
Tuesday 9am to 6pm
Wednesday 9am to 6pm
Thursday 9am to 7pm
Friday 9am to 7pm
Saturday 8am to 6pm
Sunday closed
Monday closed
Thank you all again for your continued custom :)

Nick Beagin said...

Peter is a great ambassador for the art of Butchery and shows how a proper local shop should be run
Someone asked

" Anyone know of an award we could nominate him for?"

Well I am going to post something -on The Radio 4 'You and Yours' Best Food Retailer - check in here if you feel like adding..

https://ssl.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03nycpj/contact

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