Occasionally neighbouring areas will slip into a Greenwich blog, especially when they are walking distance from Greenwich, so Blackheath was bound to come up at some point.
We were heading out to Eltham Palace last weekend (deserving of a blog post in itself, I’ll do one at some point - promise!) and were looking for a brunch place in Blackheath.
After wandering about for a while we came across Village Deli, which seemed to fit the bill - selection of meats, breads, pastries and salads in a chiller, big chalkboards with handwritten menus and tightly packed tables with mismatched chairs.
The selection was impressive with a large variety of breakfasts (including mix and match) and inventive sounding sandwiches with good ‘deli’ ingredients. The prices were a little more than I like to pay for brunch (little change from a tenner for most dishes) but it was Blackheath afterall and I don’t mind paying more as long as the food is good quality.
I ordered american pancakes and bacon with maple syrup and the other half ordered a full English. It definitely was lovely, with flavoursome pancakes and crispy bacon but not an over-generous portion. My other half wolfed his down, describing the sausage as the best he’d had in a long time (could have done with two?).
Surprisingly though, the real let-down is the service. Admittedly weekends are probably the busiest time for the Village Deli but we still felt a little ignored, repeatedly having to try hard to catch a waitress’s eye. The couple next to us waited nearly 15 minutes after their meal trying to get a coffee - quite a while considering they were having to turn people away as their weren’t enough free seats! Seasoned Blackheath blogger the Blackheath Bugle found the service a little disappointing too (and that was back in 2008!) so maybe not much has changed.
Nonetheless the food is good and given the choice between this and the Starbucks next door I’d be at the Village Deli any day of the week. Or, any weekday anyway…