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Local Food Heroes

Now we are in the ninth week of lockdown, and a lot of us are fairly used to our new lives, it’s possible that we might gloss over the early days of lockdown, and think it wasn’t actually that stressful, and that things aren’t so dramatically different from ‘LIFE BEFORE THE COVID’.

That assessment is probably incorrect… it is significantly different, and it will be a long time before things are back to how they were… presuming that day WILL come. ?

So, to things that have made my life and other people’s lives better… the local food heroes in my area.

The VeryGreen Grocer

Based in Shooters Hill, The VeryGreen Grocer has been delivering to homes in South East London since 2010. Run by Mike, Mike, Barbara and Simone, their vans deliver groceries, dairy and bread every week, Monday to Friday.

Luckily for us, the husband had registered as a new customer 3 weeks before lockdown, and we started getting a weekly delivery at the end of March. The company stopped accepting new customers for a while due to demand from far and wide, but we were very reassured by their tweets explaining their new ordering process.

Things seem to have settled down since March and customers can now order through their site as usual. And they are now accepting new customers, so do email them your address and postcode if you would like an account, and the team will respond.

Below is the box we had delivered at beginning of April – full of lovely tasty good things, and we’ve been reminding ourselves how to eat in order of freshness. I’ve also had a lot of fun looking up BBC Good Food recipes to work out what to cook with what we have, and I’ve become a big fan of cabbage – which I never expected! Blame Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

We are still doing a big shop at Sainsbury’s every fortnight, but we are keeping up a weekly fruit and veg order, and are very happy to continue to support the VeryGreen family.

The Plumstead Pantry

Usually a cafe on Plumstead Common, The Plumstead Pantry has converted itself into a bakery cum grocer cum delivery service over the past two months. The owners Ash and Julia also used crowdfunding to help with the conversion, and were able to raise over £5,000 in just 14 days.

I wasn’t really aware of the business until April as I’ve only driven through Plumstead Common a few times, but I saw a tweet from a local friend about the cafe, and after a good nosey at their Twitter and Facebook, it turned out they were having regular deliveries of plain flour. At the time we had nearly run out, and as the flour shelves were/are usually empty at Sainsburys, the husband was very keen to get some!

After buying 2kg of plain flour, plus 1kg for our friends, we have since branched out into tin loaves and their very scrumptious cinnamon buns – they drip with sweetness and are just heavenly.

As well as their 1 in, 1 out policy at the cafe (with beautiful views across the Common), you can also pre-order goods for collection or delivery. Delivery is free within SE18 and surrounding areas, and there is a handy WhatsApp button on their Facebook page if you want to place an order (DMs on Twitter are also used).

And many thanks to Julia for not ringing the doorbell when delivering, Rafe nap time is sacred! ?

(Image: The Plumstead Pantry, Facebook)

Old Cottage Coffee Shop Cafe

We used to live in Charlton and one of my favourite haunts was the Old Cottage Coffee Shop Cafe in Charlton Park. I still visit before Monday music at Charlton House, and do I love having a jacket potato with bacon and cheese while Rafe wriggles about with his own lunch.

Every Christmas the cafe organises a Christmas Day lunch for the elderly, and since Coronavirus closed their doors, Michael and Mimi have been cooking and delivering food to those unable to leave their homes. Based on their tweets, they are delivering lunches to at least 20 people 3 times a week. Amazing! If you can help with the lunch deliveries, please contact Michael.

Hopefully we will all be back there soon!

(Image: Old Cottage Coffee Shop Cafe, Twitter)

The Red Lion

Since a new management team took over in 2019, The Red Lion has been aiming for a more family friendly vibe. A few months ago I went with my husband, son and in-laws for an early evening meal, we had a great time, and we all really enjoyed the food.

While the pub is closed, Danny Brooker and his team have been supporting a number of individuals, NHS hospitals, care homes and hospices in the local area.

Funds are being raised through crowdfunding, and hundreds of meals are being prepared at each cooking session. A separate team are then organising and delivering the food. Super super impressive, and a wonderful thing to read about.

Another local spot I want to visit again soon!

(Image: The Red Lion at Shootershill, Facebook)

Open House 2011

Here are some (read many) photos from this year’s Open House London event. We had a lovely tiring time as always and really enjoyed visiting houses and lesser known gems in our borough.

40a Ashburnham Grove, SE10 8UL

This four-storey house in west Greenwich has been restored by Zac Monro Architects into a lovely and spacious family home with an extension into the garden and a “double-height space” in the kitchen area. The interior is modern and light but is also cozy and feels very homey. A delight to walk around, the exteriors have been beautifully preserved and I would love to live here.

To my great disappointment this is all you see when you visit the mausoleum. Ho hum. Here I was hoping for coffins and creepy dark corners! We saw some photos of coffins though! Such a shame that going into the mausoleum would destroy all inside! Flipping micro-climates!

Bees! They keep bees!

Devonport Mausoleum, National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, SE10 9NF

These wall panels could be moved around to close and open out the first floor

The outfit I tried on was completely awful, Sam fared a little better. 🙂

Lazy people spoiling my shot

Dr Johnson’s House, 17 Gough Square, EC4A 3DE

If you are cool and hip like I you will know that Dr Samuel Johnson put together the first English dictionary in 1755. He was also a essayist, biographer and poet and he lived in this five-storey town house in the City for eleven years. 17 Gough Square was where the dictionary was compiled and today it is a museum all about the man.

The house itself is notable for being kinda old, built in 1700, but I was disappointed to not learn much about the architecture of the house when inside, all the information focused on Johnson.

This gorgeous and random building is the remains of the church of St Alban, destroyed during the Blitz in 1940. Wikipedia tells us it is now a private dwelling – awesome.

Museum of London, Roman Fort Gate, London Wall, EC2Y 5HN

The Roman Fort Gate is actually underneath the museum but I didn’t take any good shots so the four photos above are from Noble Street across the road. The wall remains on Noble Street have been built on numerous times over the centuries and even now new buildings have been built into the old walls. This interesting video shows the area we visited under the museum.

We were also allowed to stand inside the fort remains so we can now say we have stood inside a Roman Fort, very cool.

Saved from the pouring rain by a church with beautiful stained glass windows

St Vedast-Alias-Foster Church‎, 4 Foster Lane, EC2V 6HH

I took this whilst at Shadwell DLR station

Lovely old station with some gorgeous Victorian brickwork. We came here through Brunel’s Thames Tunnel to go to the Brunel Museum about the Thames Tunnel! 😀

How we had to enter the Thames Tunnel shaft, AMAZING. The COOLEST thing EVER

The lovely Tim Thomas regailed us with excellent stories about the building of the tunnel and the shaft we were sitting in. This was the best thing ever, a wonderful adventure down underground

The view from the top of the scaffolding

The entrance to the shaft! 😀

Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF

We popped into this place after the Brunel Museum, it is a restored old granary building that houses a picture library and a film studios renowned for making costumes that have won Oscars.

They are currently trying to buy the building as the rental cost of the granary has become too high, if you would like to help please visit the ‘Sands Enterprise Investment Scheme’ page on their site at the link below. Locals fear that a Starbucks or a Tesco Express will replace the library and studios, and as this is a beautiful and well-used old building I think that would be a horrible thing to happen.

Sands Film Studios and Rotherhithe Picture Research Library, 82 St Marychurch Street, SE16 4HZ

Sunday rose bright and shiny and beautiful…

My local station is so beautiful on a sunny day

Plaque at Aldgate station to commemorate lives lost during the 7/7 bombings

Built by George Dance in 1744. The church has some lovely stained glass windows but I didn’t get a good shot of them so please head to the Church’s site to see them. I love the exterior shot of the church on the homepage, the contrast of the old church and the new buildings and all the different colours in the shot is beautiful. Disappointed to see no credits for any of these photos.

St Botolph without Aldgate, Aldgate High Street, EC3N 1AB

Taken whilst walking down Bevis Marks. The tall building is so new I can’t find out what it is on Google Street View!

Sneaky interior shot. It was very interesting to find out that synagogues have seven candelabras to represent the seven days of the week, the biggest one is for Shabbat every Friday. I remember absolutely nothing about Judaism from my Keystage 3 RE lessons so it was excellent to hear Maurice Bitton the Shamash/Curator speak about the building and Judaism. He is featured in June Brown’s Who Do You Think You Are? too. 🙂

Absolutely beautiful building, wonderfully preserved. It is also hidden in a courtyard so you would never spot it if you didn’t know it was there, lovely

Quite proud of this one, light isn’t amazing but I do like a well framed photo <<< as well as you can with my crappy camera Bevis Marks Synagogue, Bevis Marks, EC3A 5DQ

We left London after this and came back to our borough for more local delights.

Spotted this lovely building whilst walking up Charlton Church Lane (for the first time)

St Luke’s in Charlton village, the local church for Charlton House

A lovely friendly squirrel to me, a “tree rat” to my boyfriend’s Dad. 😀

Back in the day the land owned by the house stretched as far as Woolwich Common all around the house. The views down to the river were fabulous apparently, stupid flats block the view now. 😉

I feel quite proud that I can shout about Charlton House to my friends and family now. The fabulous architecture isn’t all in Greenwich!

I officially love Charlton House, built in 1607 for Sir Adam Newton, tutor to Henry, Prince of Wales, James I’s son, who died as a young man. I think I am safe to say that it is considered to be one of the best examples of Jacobean architecture.

It is now owned by Greenwich Council rather than English Heritage and it is used as a community centre for the local area. I think the council do a decent job of keeping the historical importance of the building alive as I thought it was a stunning building. You can get married here too! Eee!

Charlton House, Charlton Road, SE7 8RE

Coffin window

Office window view, nice work if you can get it!

Gorgeous painting of the ORNC at night. I can’t remember the name of the artist, can anyone help?

I walk through here a least once a week and it is just stunning every time. I am so proud of my area!

We didn’t make it back to Greenwich from Charlton in time to go on any of the ORNC tours except the Queen Anne Court one. This court is leased to the University of Greenwich and they have been using it since the 1990s.

Our guide Lizzie told us how the Navy had built a lot of small rooms within the grand spaces so the university has just pared back the rooms to how they were before the Navy used the site as a teaching facility. Whilst this is a good thing, it was not the most stunning of tours as it was quite odd to see these wide and grand open spaces painted white, carpeted and turned into boring offices with vending machines dotted around the place. I don’t think it works aesthetically but I do think it is ideal that these lovely old buildings are being using for education, what a wonderful place to study.

Queen Anne Court, Old Royal Naval College, SE10 9LW

So that is it for 2011, roll on 2012! 😀


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