On Wednesday night, the long-awaited Deptford Market Yard outside Deptford Station finally opened. It’s been in development for ages (they seemed to take up and re-lay the cobbles about six times). Anyway, now it’s here, and it’s very jolly.
It occupies a series of railway arches that once formed a ramp to allow horse-drawn vehicles to reach platform level. Trainspotters will be agog to learn that this is one of the oldest surviving railway structures in the world. Underneath the arches (as Gilbert & George used to sing for seven hours at a time) is a mix of foodie outlets and boutique-y shops. There’s Mediterranean food at Dirty Apron, sensational chorizo cheese toasties at Archie’s and brilliant jerk chicken at Mama’s Jerk. Also not to be missed is Lomond, who roast and grind their own coffee beans, which means the whole place smells bloody gorgeous.
Shopwise, grab a Sierra Leone-print bomber from Gitas Portal and neat gifts from Win & Ruby. Oh, and it’s home to Little Nan’s Bar, which – as any fule kno – is simply the bee’s knees. Favourite quote of the evening (from a very excitable man with a can of K cider): ‘This… place… is a… fucking… BLIGHT’ Can’t please everyone.