What DO we want on Northcote Road???

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Postby Beketaten » Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:00 pm

An article on the closure of Jan here

https://london.eater.com/2018/7/25/1761 ... ham-closed

"We are closing JAN due to disagreement over a rent review with the landlords.”
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Postby matilda » Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:25 pm

Is the fish-van good - freshness, selection and price? I used to buy from their shop on St Johns about a million years ago. Is it better to buy from them now rather from than the waitrose and co-op practically next door?
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Postby this_is_cat » Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:36 pm

I think the fish van is excellent in terms of quality and price
You definitely wouldn’t get close to the freshness from a supermarket so that makes them great value for money

But if you want multipacks of farmed salmon fillets, it’s obviously going to be cheaper in a supermarket

I had some wonderful turbot from them last week - you wouldn’t ever see that in Waitrose
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Postby misty32 » Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:46 pm

All the fish from the van is brought fresh from the market in the early hours each day, their driver goes there at 3/4am. Fish from supermarkets is vacuum packed to keep it from going off but can have been packed for weeks - I stopped buying from supermarkets after a newspaper claimed it could have been months. The fish sold over counters in supermarkets has also more often than not been frozen beforehand which is why you have to eat it within a day, its not freshly caught at all. In terms of price also, I find the fish van cheaper than Waitrose and they have far more selection - you can also ask them to get something in particular for you and theyre more than happy to do that. I honestly couldnt recommend them enough (I dont eat meat so eat fish all the time!).
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Postby addled » Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:00 am

Ratski wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:18 am
I have never been too impressed with the fish stall on Northcote Road unfortunately. I remember when they had their own shop which was better.

... Moxon’s ...rude customer service.

Problem is most the new younger residents who have moved in and replaced the families in the area wouldn’t know what to do with fish unless it’s battered and served with chips or frozen and covered in breadcrumbs.

Given the number of moped food delivery drivers that now litter the road at all times of the day and night I am surprised we still have a butchers tbh.
Why is the fish stall, run by the owners of the fish shop, worse than the shop?

Moxons rude?  You obviously never shopped at Doves; they wrote the book on crap customer service.

It's quite a crass generalisation to state that young shoppers don't know how to cook fish.  Are these the same young people that never watch TV and all the cooking programmes, the same young people that frequent the local restaurants, adding to the local economy?  If you want a boring fish recipe i'll happily put you in touch with my grandad.

It might come as a surprise to you but those moped delivery drivers are also part of the economy and I would wager that a lot of people that can afford a delivery from Byron would also be the same people that you're seeing buying fish, using the local pubs and restaurants, cheese, meat, wine shops etc...  Let's not slag them all off, eh?
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Postby foodeditorjo » Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:07 am

Moxons rude? That amazes me. I have to say that the service in the Clapham South branch is superb. They are friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. I know that Robin Moxon cares very much about this so would be interested to hear more. 
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Postby boonkoh » Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:53 pm

Macellaio: had the opportunity to try their lunch special (£12 for a starter and rump steak main) and was very impressed. Great starter salad, and the rump was a decent size portion and importantly was high quality and cooked well, so it was as tender as a fillet that would be served in other restaurants. Well worth the money.

New opening - Meat Liquor - Just saw the news here that this burger chain is going to open up a branch, next to Franco Manca, in September. I used to like their burgers, but I think with the strong competition now in London, it is getting rather average. Still better than Byron or GBK though.
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Postby dudette » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:55 pm

Ugh. Not more meat specialist restaurants. Northcote Road has turned into a vegetarian wasteland. We never eat there now.
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Postby Star » Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:07 pm

Whenever I go to Northcote Road I buy fish from the fish from the fish van. You can really taste how fresh it is - the fish and shellfish knock the socks if anything you'd buy in the supermarkets. Perhaps if everyone buys from them they will have a shop again. To be honest Northcote rd reminds of Portobello rd in many ways, which is my hometown, and it's a shame it is so expensive for businesses with interesting and quality products vlose down because they cant afford the rents. If locals support the independents it will make a huge difference.
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Postby juliantenniscoach » Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:19 pm

There is an awful lot of empty shops right now. The Carphone Warehouse site has shut which leaves 3 empty in a row there.

At the other end of Northcote there is a shop opening called Uncommon Food(?) but I don’t know any information about it.
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Postby Ratski » Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:05 am

addled wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:00 am
Ratski wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:18 am
I have never been too impressed with the fish stall on Northcote Road unfortunately. I remember when they had their own shop which was better.

... Moxon’s ...rude customer service.

Problem is most the new younger residents who have moved in and replaced the families in the area wouldn’t know what to do with fish unless it’s battered and served with chips or frozen and covered in breadcrumbs.

Given the number of moped food delivery drivers that now litter the road at all times of the day and night I am surprised we still have a butchers tbh.
Why is the fish stall, run by the owners of the fish shop, worse than the shop?

Moxons rude?  You obviously never shopped at Doves; they wrote the book on crap customer service.

It's quite a crass generalisation to state that young shoppers don't know how to cook fish.  Are these the same young people that never watch TV and all the cooking programmes, the same young people that frequent the local restaurants, adding to the local economy?  If you want a boring fish recipe i'll happily put you in touch with my grandad.

It might come as a surprise to you but those moped delivery drivers are also part of the economy and I would wager that a lot of people that can afford a delivery from Byron would also be the same people that you're seeing buying fish, using the local pubs and restaurants, cheese, meat, wine shops etc...  Let's not slag them all off, eh?

The fish van on Northcote Road has changed hands more times than I care to remember.

Yes the original owners did have a shop on Northcote Road before they opened up the van but since then there has multiple different owners running it.

The last time I went I purchased some fresh squid and it smelt so bad when I went to cook it for lunch on the day of purchase the bloke cleaning it must have realised it was off.

Have never been back.

Service at Moxons has improved of late but there was a time when they only employed ex public school boys with a chip on their shoulder. Thankfully those two have moved on.
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Postby misty32 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:12 am

Ratski, you are totally wrong about the fish van owner. It is still owned by the same guy (Jim) who had the shop from the start. He had a partner (Joe) who retired a couple of years ago and was a face you probably remember. Before that they had a younger guy run the stall who left to become a cabbie. Since Joe retired the stall is now being run by the owners nephew Toby who is on the stall every day, and Jim is still very involved with the supply. If you chat with them you will see that they are extremely nice and helpful guys and would have been mortified that your squid smelt. Personally I have never had a single bad experience in 8, nearly 9 years.
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Postby Alchemy » Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:53 pm

There’s now a proper bakery on Northcote Road!

Warren’s Bakery at 91 Northcote Road has opened over the Summer, and it looks like a nice addition to the area.
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Postby SW12Pops » Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:25 pm

Proper as in Greggs? Or proper as in not Gails over priced (but lovely) stuff?

I'll check them out!

:-)
 
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Postby Alchemy » Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:48 pm

SW12Pops wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:25 pm
Proper as in Greggs? Or proper as in not Gails over priced (but lovely) stuff?

Not sure Greggs counts as a “proper” bakery in my books...

It’s a branch of a Cornwall bakers, so they do lovely pasties as well as bread, pastries, cakes, quiches etc.

Friendly service and fair prices too.
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