A fraction of France in Brockley: The French delicatessen


Bank Holiday weekends are the best part of the year in my opinion. There is nothing better than waking up on a Monday morning knowing you don’t have to go to work, and that the whole country is happier because of it. Unless, of course, you work in the service industry in which case you’re probably busier than usual and cursing the rest of us. 

Not only am I off work but the sun is shining, so I used this extra day off as a chance to explore my local area. Brockley, South East London, is becoming more and more popular with people of my generation – and unfortunately I fear I’ll be priced out of my home before long. Until then though, I’m making the most of it which today meant a visit to Degustation, a French delicatessen next door to Brockley station. Central, affordable and truly delicious, this place is a slice of heaven for the cheese and meat lovers among us. 

Full of French products and fresh bread, pastries, cheese and meat, this place prepared us for the perfect picnic. 

In true British style, the sun got overtaken by big, dark clouds and before long hail ruined our picnic plans, so we set up camp at home. 

Still, it was a “quick April shower” and as soon as I saw the sun peeking out we transferred our picnic from the house to the garden and made the most of the sunshine.

Degustation’s food and wine was even better than I’d hoped it would be, and the perfect end to the bank holiday weekend. Now, when’s the next one?