Deptford Market





Deptford Market takes place every every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 7am-4pm, in Deptford High Street and Douglas Way.

The market specialises in low-cost clothing, fresh fruit, vegetables and fish, prepared foods and household products and toys.

Please post your comments and reviews here.

44 comments:

Nylon Cube said...

9 avacado's for £1. Say no more.

Anonymous said...

I remember when they had a live eel stall there,all changed now.
Still good though.

Anonymous said...

My favourite is 'The Egg Shop'.

Guess what it sells?

Anonymous said...

I come from a generation where everything is prepacked. There is an abundance of fish on the market but always worry about the quality.

And am sure I got a dicky tummy after buying some 'fresh' tuna down the market.

Can anyone recommend a fishmongers/ stall that is worth a shot?

Thanks

Monkeyboy said...

Ahhh... Now you're talking. I pop there most Saturdays for a nose I'd nothing else, I like the bustle. The fruit and veg is variable, like all markets. They do good toms if you shop around. I but stuff from that nut stall you picture, so good for the mungsterati (sorry). Seems to sell a lot of stuff for caterers, if you want massive pots etc. It also has a flea Market thing, it's amazing what some people appear to want. Mostly junk but I do see arty types
looking through the second hand cloathing. I susspect some of it ends up in over priced 'vintage' stores so may be worth a look if you like that kind of thing. I'm still hopping to stumble across an L S Lowrey. Good for some obscure cooking ingredients and don't be scared by the butchers. Quiet a few sell mutton and goat which I'm going to try one day. I've bought beef shin from them at bargain prices Not convinced by the fish stalls, I'm no expert but they look a little ropey to me.

And I've mentioned the giant snails before, like something out of a James Herbert novel. Not top of my 'must try' list.

Mb said...

.... Sorry about the typing! IPhone, say no more.

By the way my comments are thumbs up overall. If you look at the Lizzieeats blog, there's a Vietnamese that gets a good review

Nylon Cube said...

For fish I've always found it great, the shops near the station rather than stalls at the bottom, but I often pick one up, ask them to gut it and throw it on a grill when I get home.

The train-carriage cefe deserves a mention too, although it appears to be more of a refuge for middle class folks...

Deptford Dame said...

For fish I recommend the Codfather's - great value freshly-cooked lobsters and crabs at the weekend, along with a huge range of fresh and smoked fish. Saturday is the best day. See more info here http://deptforddame.blogspot.com/2009/01/deptford-fish-shops-second-only-to.html

Also great for cheap toiletries, fresh fruit and veg (always shop around - the quality varies from stall to stall and from week to week. Ripe avocados and mangoes, and bunches of fresh coriander, mint, parsley etc at a fraction of the supermarket price are my favourites.

The Vietnamese mentioned above is Panda Panda, I have a review too http://deptforddame.blogspot.com/2010/03/panda-panda.html

You can buy pretty much everything you need in Deptford High Street, unless of course you want organic - and you can even get some organic stuff now in my personal favourite, Housewives Cash and Carry.
http://deptforddame.blogspot.com/2007/10/housewives-cash-carry.html

Headhunter said...

I find Lewisham Market's better for veg. There are more stalls.

Now Then said...

Yes, thats maybe because Lewisham is a vegetable market. That said the guys who do the veg stall at Deptford, (the one pictured I think), have quality produce. Saves the trip to Lewisham, when what you really went to market was for some collectable vinyl and half a dozen razor clams.

Anonymous said...

Sounds interesting, but not enough for me to walk there and back (from 'mid-town' Brockley). No buses go near there from here, do they?

Now Then said...

It's not more than 12 minutes via UBR and Tanners Hill. Would tou like it brought to you?

Monkeyboy said...

The flea Market thing is great for kitsh as well, think I saw some old vinyl too? It may be blazing a trail, we'll all be shopping there when the deficit reductions start in earnest.

Now Then said...

Yeah, the flea market calls for a whole different approach to shopping, and I'd like to boast about some of the finds made there down the years, but I dont want to intesify the competition any. It serves well, long may it remain its rackety untamed self.

Anonymous said...

@ Now Then. Thanks for the patronising comment. It's a lot more than 12 minutes from where I am.

Anonymous said...

I'd like Deptford Market to up its quality.
It would be great if there were arts and crafts and a farmers market on a Sunday. Then it would start to compete with Greenwich Market. That would bring tourists and help the shops survive.

Now Then said...

@ anon 17:53, unfortunately TFL lists only train services as being feasable. (change at London Bridge) Though you may find a bus by entering your postcode on their site and giving Deptford station as your destination.

Deptford Dame said...

@ anon - there have been attempts to 'up the quality' and create an arts and crafts market, and also a farmer's market, but neither survived. That's not really what people go to Deptford for, and I say that as someone who lives in Deptford and uses the market every weekend. If you want arts and crafts there is Greenwich only a short walk away (much closer than midtown Brockley to Deptford!) and plenty of farmer's markets in walking or cycling distance. The second hand market is unbeatable, and although Lewisham may have a greater range of veg stalls, the combination of Deptford's market stalls and its shops make it the best place around for fresh food.

Monkeyboy said...

It really is not that type of Market. I quiet like it's crazyness, to be honest I find Greenwich full of pointless tat. Ok for crimbo I s'pose.

Tamsin said...

Exactly - keep Deptford Market as it is. Why should it "compete" with Greenwich when it is successfully offering something different.

Now Then said...

@anon 17:58 I think the consumer of raffia work is already fairly well catered for in the area, and introducing yet another farmers market seems like imposing a tired formula on something that already works and is vibrant. To compete successfully with Greenwich, I suspect another world heritage site might be needed to generate the nessecary (well heeled) footfall.

Monkeyboy said...

Well there is the BIG ANCHOR genorously draped with alfresco cider drinkers. If tourists can't see the beauty in that then screw 'em.

Anonymous said...

The fish in deptford market always look very sad in my opinion...

Marmoset said...

On the fruit stall there's a scoop of pineapples. If I'm not mistaken, the photo was taken on Saturday 1 May, slightly earlier than when I arrived at the market. It can't be after I arrived because I bought them. 2 1/2 pineapples for £1. (I dread to think how much the Costa Rican farmer got for growing them.) I'm going to have the last one after my dinner....

Now Then said...

There might be something to that about sad looking fish, but dont lets forget that Tesco spray theirs with some sort of lotion to keep them looking perky.

Anonymous said...

I'm up for a tube of magic fish lotion! Where can I get some?

Now Then said...

The flea market might'nt be a bad start.

Cheap coffee & chocolate said...

Robert Walker (aka 'the second hand food shop', even if it isn't really) always worth a once over as there are bargains to be had on occasion. I tend to chain my bike up outside but it appears they're welcome inside too ....

Now Then said...

Great bargains and run by a gent.

Deptford dame said...

@ cheap coffee - otherwise known as the Bent Tin Shop

Anonymous said...

Brockley types would like the nearby Deptford Deli.

Anonymous said...

Brockley types would like the nearby Deptford Deli.

Anonymous said...

"The market specialises in low-cost clothing" You ain't kidding!

Tamsin said...

The best fish I've ever had was from a bloke with a Geordie accent selling door to door. The next best has always been from a market. The guys who used to do Bromley were great - I think they are now permanently based in Eltham - I've yet to give Deptford a try but must do so.

Lou Baker said...

Deptford Market - for those who can't afford the King's Road.

But still much classier than Elephant and Castle.

LB

Anonymous said...

Deptford Dame 18:06

You say 'That's not really what people go to Deptford for'.
That's kind of the point really.
Not enough people go there and not enough people spend money in the shops therefore they close and get taken over by bookies.
If the Wednesday/Friday flea market and clothing markets moved to Sundays and was joined by arts and crafts and a farmers market it would bring the usual people plus a whole lot more. To say that's only for Greenwich is a little defeatist. Deptford is changing big time (in terms of regeneration over the next few years) as I,m sure you well know. But you must reallise how much Greenwich council promotes the market. It is possible for Deptford Market to appeal to both ends of the market and it has to for its High Street to survive the recession and the onslaught of the bookies.

Now Then said...

I would have thought that the 'bent tin shop' and others like it would do okay in this recession, will the wind chime stalls weather the storm?

Deptford dame said...

@ anon the market is rammed every Saturday, albeit quieter on Wednesdays and Fridays. Both the farmers market and the craft market next to the Deptford Project were unsuccessful - the former partly due to its location in Deptford Park. Much of Greenwich market's success is down to its location in a World Heritage site so it has the tourist draw as well - it's this that that the council promotes rather than the market. I'm not saying I don't want it here, just that I don't think there's an appetite for it as past efforts have shown - maybe that will change in time if the regeneration continues.

sneekermagoo said...

BIG UPPP TO THE EGG SHOP~! Lewisham market is better for food but the buckets of food are gettin smaller or might be the season

Anonymous said...

who would you say the primary consumer is down in deptford?

Chesney said...

Deptford is an awfull market hardly any stalls

Chesney said...

They tried to redesign the market and all the good stalls left now it's a waste of time

NAT said...

It has about half a mile of stalls, whatcha on abaht!?

NAT said...

Any stall in particular that left?


Can't think of one.

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