A handy vegan guide to Deptford

A handy vegan guide to Deptford including some of our favourites; The Fava Project, Morish JEMs, Vegan Garden London via Below the River!


Around the corner you can’t fail to miss the newly developed Deptford Market Yard by Deptford Railway station. This cobbled square has been a foodie destination since it opened but recently graduated – at least, in my mind – to foodie paradise with the addition of the Deptford Bites Saturday market.
— Below The River
Image source - https://belowtheriver.co.uk/2018/07/26/deptford-a-useful-vegan-guide/

Image source - https://belowtheriver.co.uk/2018/07/26/deptford-a-useful-vegan-guide/

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What's that? Another We Love Cheese festival?

We really spoilt you over spring with two We Love Cheese festivals! We took our beloved festival across the river to our new home in Deptford Market Yard to treat SE London to what they had been missing. 

We saw an abundance of cheese sellers, an epic line up of cheesy street food from some of London's best, a talks and tastings tent, live music, games and competitions, a free children's craft tent and this was on top of our weekly Deptford Bites line up of produce and crafts! All of that with another glorious day of sunshine. Who could complain? 

Congratulations to our We Love Cheese, Cheese Cup winners The Tapas Room whose cheese was voted the best by the hundred who flocked the yard. London Smokehouse weren't far behind, claiming second place. Enjoy your very own We Love Cheese, cheese board guys!

If you find yourself in SE London on a Saturday, come down to Deptford Bites in Deptford Market Yard and see what all the fuss is about. Here you can find fresh artisan produce, a rotation of some amazing talented makers and designers from SE London and beyond as well an incredible selection of London's finest street food.


We Love Cheese returned to Ealing for the second time...

Sweet dreams really were made of cheese as Dickens Yard came alive once again with the first We Love Cheese of the year and we couldn't have asked for better weather... could summer finally be on its way?

With such an epic selection of cheesy street food from the likes of Muffin Man & Co., The Raclette Brothers and Mac to the Future it was hard to decide what to have so we had to have little bit from everyone!


We Love Cheese wouldn't quite be the same without an abundance of cheese and a good old W5 Cheese Cup competition. This is why we decided to spoilt you with even more cheeses from around the world. You tried and learnt all about cheeses from England, France, Italy, Spain, Sardinia, to name a few. It was a close call but the fabulous Bath Soft Cheese claimed the W5 Cheese Cup, cheese board in first place with previous winners Capo Caccia not far behind in second place. Who will claim the prize when we take the festival over the river to Deptford on the 5th May?


This year, we wanted everyone to be able to enjoy We Love Cheese which is why our vegan cheese sellers were a very popular addition to the lineup. Vegan cheese really is delicious!

We didn't stop there. Our Ealing Bites Live talks tent was in full swing with the tastings hosted by Ealing's favourite Grace Dent. A highlight and well anticipated talk of the day was our 'I could never give up cheese...' debate featuring experts in their field. 


A massive thank you to our We Love Cheese sponsor Heritage Cheese, our wine partners Park+Bridge and our beer partners Weird Beard Brew Co.

If you missed it, don't worry. We will be back on the 5th May in Deptford Market Yard for even more cheese!

Deptford Bites has landed!

The launch of our brand new market, Deptford Bites was a great success. We were overwhelmed with the positive feedback from both attendees and traders. We can't wait to see the market grow throughout the weeks.

We saw a great selection of epic street food, deliciously fresh produce and creative talented makers and designers from South East London and beyond join us in the yard and we left with bursting bellies and full shopping baskets.

A highlight of the launch was our Deptford Bites Live talks tent. Curated and hosted by the fabulous Grace Dent - critic, author and broadcaster. Experts in their field were invited down to discuss various hot topics including the new demographic and the food scene focused on Deptford; how social media is changing restaurants; Deptford ditching dairy and breaking barriers about changing the face of food. 

It was great to see the audience getting involved in the discussions and hearing from local businesses in the area. Even though Deptford Bites Live will not be a regular fixture in the market, it will return!

If you didn't make it down to the launch, not to worry, we will now be in Deptford Market Yard every Saturday 10-4.


Grace Dent and Kate McKenzie Present Deptford Bites Live…

Grace Dent, critic, author and broadcaster, has joined forces with food-event guru Kate McKenzie to present Deptford Bites Live on Saturday 7th April 2018. This one-day festival of eating & drinking runs from 10pm to 4pm at Deptford Market Yard.

Over the past twelve months, Deptford, SE8 has been noted as a food hotspot and a haven for cooks, makers and entrepreneurs, with a focus on places like Marcella, Deptford Esquire, Little Nan’s, Mama’s Jerk and The Full Nelson.

On Saturday April 7th a new weekly market will begin in Deptford Market Yard, which we’re celebrating with a day-long event. 

Grace Dent will curate and host a series of talks which picks apart Deptford’s new status as ‘up and coming’? Who are the faces to watch? What are the dishes and drinks to try? Why Deptford and why now? And as this new chapter for SE8 begins… who gets to tell the story? Come for food, drinks and some lively chat, including…

‘We Come in Peace – anchoring the past’ – featuring Adrian Luckie from Mama’s Jerk and Saima Arshad from Deptford Esquire, chaired by Chris Waywell – Associate Editor of Time Out.  With Deptford Market Yard now 6 minutes by train from London Bridge, a new demographic and the food scene focused on Deptford, can SE8 ever be the same again? Food names and locals chat about the ups, downs and realities of regeneration. Can everyone play nicely together? 
Free to attend.

‘Deptford Ditches Dairy?’ – As Deptford’s demographic shifts, so does the demand for vegan food. Is Deptford ready for a dairy-free, seitan-heavy, tofu-loving future? Vegan and non-vegan foodies, chefs and restauranteurs including Vegan ambassador Jay Brave gather to chat about whether Deptford is ready to go the same way as Hackney and be submerged with seitan. Or is veganism just another foodie fad? 
Free to attend with limited number of seated tickets available including food from Dirty Apron & beer from Hop Stuff Brewery

‘A new chapter. Who’s story is this anyway?’ – As Deptford starts a new chapter, who gets to tell this story? Grace Dent, Zoe Adjonyoh and Mimi Aye discuss how at the highest levels of food and restaurant influence the power is still mainly in the hands of a very narrow group of people. A lively chat by people who have broken barriers about changing the face of food.
Limited number of seated tickets available including food from Mama’s Jerk & Costa del Deptford cocktail from Little Nan’s.

Dent and McKenzie create bespoke, thoughtful hyper-relevant food events. The pair met when they curated and ran the Evening Standard’s award winnin London Food Month in June 2017.  They are united by a passion for changing the way we talk and think about the British food scene, nurturing diversity and turning the spotlight on raw talent.  The duo aim to deliver exciting, upbeat, scene-shifting events and will be appearing at festival and events across London and the UK this summer. 

Vote Ealing Half Marathon

Voting closes this week for The Running Awards 2018 and we chose the Ealing Half Marathon of course.

With Ealing Half Marathon winning the trophy of 'UK's best Half Marathon' since voting began in 2014. This just shows what a great event it has proven to be and we are always so thrilled to be a part of it.

Let's help them make it 5 out of 5.

To place your votes all you need to do is go to www.therunningawards.com -> Running Events -> Half Marathon 5,000 or more -> Ealing Half Marathon https://therunningawards.com/vote/179/183#vote



This year the race will take place over the weekend of the 29th September, kicking off with the mini mile on Saturday, finishing off with the grand finale of the half marathon on Sunday. So that means there is plenty of time to get your training in!

We will see you there with a selection of street food and coffee, perfect for re-fuelling or to enjoy by the sidelines while you support your friends and family.

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The Wonderland Collective Sponsors...

We were absolutely honoured to be proud sponsors of Kolchagov Barba's Autumn/Winter 2018 - "ME" Collection as part of London Fashion Week on the 16th February.

This was our 3rd year sponsoring the event and it has been amazing to follow Svetoslav Kolchagov and Emilio Barba on their journey to success. 

Now being featured in Vogue, it is clear we are not the only ones who can see the designers talent.

This season's collection focused on the empowerment of women, standing together for their beliefs and rights without detriment to their individuality, which sees each woman free to embrace her unique identity and individuality. You can see this theme shining through in their designs below.

We can't wait for the next show, until next time.

All images copyright of Kolchagov Barba ©

Christmas at Ealing Artisan

Thank you for making December at Ealing Artisan very special. We all hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year!

Grace Dent Launches We Love Cheese in Dickens Yard

Dickens Yard in Ealing came alive on Sunday 8th October as hundreds of residents and visitors attended the first ever We Love Cheese festival in the development. The event was held to celebrate the launch of the new weekly Ealing Artisan market, run by local organisers Eat Me Drink Me.

Produce stalls including Brocklebys Pies, Picks Organic Farms, Limpopo Biltong, GB Cheesecake and Claude’s Boulangerie lined up alongside cheesy street food from the likes of Grill My Cheese and Honest Burgers, who launched their latest cheeseburger: The Ealing. Abbotshill Wine Bar & Deli joined forces with Formaggi & Cheese and ES Magazine’s restaurant critic Grace Dent to run wine & cheese pairings in the Ealing Bites talks tent.

The hotly contested Cheese Cup award was voted for by guests and was won by reigning champion Capo Caccia with their Blusard cheese from Sardinia.

Ealing Artisan will start on Sunday 15th October when the street food line up will feature Muffin Man & Co, Indian Street Kitchen and Nha Trang, with Chapter Coffee and Abbotshill on hand to provide refreshments. There’s a kids craft area, with giant games supplied by Dickens Yard resident Charlotte W5, live music and all the food stalls you could need for your weekly alternative to the supermarket shop.

The market will take place in Dickens Yard every Sunday from 11-3pm.

Ealing Artisan

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W5 Food Market and Crafted W5 are joining forces to form a brand new market in the Dickens Yard development - Ealing Artisan.

The new Sunday market kicks off with a ‘We Love Cheese’ special on Sunday 8th October, before becoming a weekly Sunday market from 15th. There'll be a mix of craft and food stalls, stretching from Victoria Square along Market Street, with an emphasis on celebrating the talented makers, designers and producers in West London. Ealing favourites Kaffee Culture and Charlotte Berridge will be regular attendees, alongside guest traders, big name street food stalls, and producers, makers & importers from across London. It’s the first regular event to be confirmed in Dickens Yard, offering Ealingers an artisan alternative to their supermarket shop, or simply somewhere to grab breakfast on a Sunday. Expect the usual line up of entertainment, including live music, kids crafts and, for the real foodies amongst you, the Ealing Bites talks tent. More details to come soon. 

Ealing Artisan, Sunday from 15th October, 11-3pm, Dickens Yard W5.


Autumn Wonderland Collective pop-up

Save the date! We're excited to announce that our next Wonderland Collective pop-up will take place at The Broadway Bar & Grill in Fulham on Saturday 11th November. We’ll be featuring a variety of designers, makers and artisans from across London.⠀

Traders applications now open via our traders page.

Hen Corner

Sara Ward and her family have transformed their West London Victorian terraced house into an urban smallholding, allowing them to have the best of both worlds - city and country. They are living the good life complete with 20 hens, two colonies of honey bees, a fruitful kitchen garden and a micro bakery making 30-40 loaves of bread each Friday along with hundreds of sticky buns, cakes and savoury treats. Whilst Sara and the family continue to expand their hands-on skills, they train and encourage others through their schools programmes and series of courses run throughout the year. Be it jam making, wood carving, bee keeping or bread baking, there’s always something new to learn at Hen Corner.



Tell us about yourself and your business

We are Hen Corner. We love the bee keepers, the veggie bed diggers, the jam makers and cider drinkers, the chicken fanciers and the real bread bakers. But not just in the deepest darkest countryside or the far, far away villages but right here in our cities and towns.

Many city dwellers and townspeople dream of a life in the country but feel tied to urban life for jobs, schools, family and convienience. My family and I truly have the best of both worlds in our cultivated corner of West London, living and working our urban smallholding. Whilst we enjoy the good life, we are  always keen to share it with others through our courses, schools work and bakery.

What did you do before starting this business

I worked for a local charity.

What were the main motivations for starting your business

As a family we were trying to live more sustainably and others expressed an interest to find out more, so we started running courses.

Whilst we bake bread for our family, harvest honey from our bees, gather eggs and make chutney we sell our spare produce to our local community.

What is your inspiration for what you do

It's so important to know where our food comes from. Everything we eat used to be alive, be that plant or animal, so being able to trace the products back to their origins gives us confidence for our health, our environment and our farmers.

What do you love most about what you do

Meeting lots of people and them enjoying what I've made.

What advice would you give to a new trader starting out

Offer samples, let people taste how good your food is. Know your story well so that you can tell it easily.

Do you have any links to Ealing

I'm a member of the Ealing & District Bee Keeping Association

Where's your favourite place to eat in London

The Griffin, Brentford

Sweet or savoury


What's your essential dinner party ingredient


Where do you source your materials from and is this important to you

We use ethically sourced ingredients, organic where possible (our flour is from Shipton Mill in Gloucestershire), eggs are free range, sugar is British or FairTrade. We need to know where it's all come from and how it's production has impacted the animals & workers involved.

Where do you get inspiration for new products from

Amazing food is often the sum of three distinct ingredients, getting your base right is a winning formula.
Bread, Tomatoes, Cheese
Meringue, Raspberries, Chocolate
Cinnamon, sugar, butter

What's more important to you - colour or texture



July's W5 Food Market will be buzzing with information about honey, bee keeping and how we can help to protect the bee population in our community. Sara Ward of Hen Corner joins us with her bee keeping gear, to demonstrate how bees make honey, and how bee keepers later access it for our enjoyment. Sara will have honey available for tastings and buying, and will have kids' sized bee keepers uniforms on hand. So bring your little ones along to suit up and make like Winnie the Pooh!


Are you a trader? We have a number of events and markets throughout the year and are always on the look-out for exciting new traders to join our family. If you would like to be an Eat Me Drink Me trader please take a look at our Trader page.

Cheese Fest 2017

June 11th saw the first ever W5 Food Market: Cheese Fest come to the streets of Ealing. An official event in the Evening Standard London Food Month, our monthly Sunday food market got cheesy for the day.

A glorious day was had by all at our inaugural Cheese Fest. Many thanks to everyone who came along to participate in the Cheese Cup tasting, and to our lovely traders who pulled out all the stops to make it a fabulous day.

It was stiff competition for best cheese, but in the end it was Capo Caccia's pecorino blue cheese 'Ovinforth' who narrowly pipped Andaluz's rosemary manchego 'Flor de Romero'. Special thanks to Ealing's own Abbotshill Wine Bar for a lovely place to relax at the market, and to Northfield's LoveHandmade who provided the winners' cheese board prizes.


Sfornato pizzanos are something totally new to the London foodie scene. They are wood-fired pizza-sandwiches, with fillings like mozzarella fior di latte, basil, tomato sauce and extra-virgin olive oil, or pulled rosemary chicken, balsamic caramelised onions, bacon, and tomato sauce. There's also something for the sweet-toothed, such as sliced wood-fired bananas and melting chocolate sauce. Owner David is French but being passionate about pizza, travelled to Italy to learn more about the craft of making pizzas. He discovered a dish called "panuozzo", and taking inspiration from that, he created the pizzanos. His ingredients are sourced locally where possible, from Italy where necessary, and packaging is eco-friendly.



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Tell us about yourself and your business

I am a French citizen who has been living in London for the last 3 years... I am passionate about food and travels! I have been to Italy multiple times and fell in love with the food over there which is why I dedicated quite a big time of my life in learning how to cook proper Italian food!

Sfornato serves artisanal quality pizzanos that could be described as pizza-sandwiches cooked at lightning fast speed in a wood-fired oven and filled with savoury or sweet ingredients depending on the season and creativity of our bakers.

What did you do before starting this business

I ran a restaurant back in France about 8 years ago. Then I went to Asia (Hong Kong) where I worked in the event industry and helped charities to raise funds. Then I travelled across Asia for almost a year before relocating to London where I pursued my career in the charity industry up until today.

What were the main motivations for starting your business

I have always had a dream to be self-employed, to realise a vision and hopefully to give to people what I expect when visiting a business - great product and customer service at a fair price!

Since I always love cooking, starting a food van business seemed like the natural 'next-step'.


What is your inspiration for what you do

Some traders/pizza specialists all over the world are doing great things and I keep looking at them for inspiration and new ideas.

My past travels are also a great source of inspiration and I will try to take advantage of this experience by offering (from times to times) original recipes!

What do you love most about what you do

I love cooking, I love sharing and discussing with customers especially since people are always curious when it comes to food. And it's really great to be away from an office. Ultimately, I like to have these 2 jobs at the same time, working on realising my dream with the van whilst continuing my activities in the charity industry. It's really fulfilling!

What advice would you give to a new trader starting out

Be different, love your food, love cooking and love people because at the end of the day, it's all about serving them and making sure that they're enjoying your food!

Do you have any links to Ealing

I am a happy Ealing resident!


Where's your favourite place to eat in London

it's hard to pick just one place really... well friends/family come over for a visit, I'd say that I like to go to Richmond and find a nice spot by the Thames for a lunch outside... there is a German place there which is quite a good place for a beer and some Wiener Schitzels! Reminds me of my trips in Germany and Austria. Again, it's all about food AND travel memories!

Sweet or savoury

Savoury, every day!

What's your essential dinner party ingredient

Pasta? Probably!


Are you a trader? We have a number of events and markets throughout the year and are always on the look-out for exciting new traders to join our family. If you would like to be an Eat Me Drink Me trader please take a look at our Trader page.

Capo Caccia Fine Food

Capo Caccia Fine Food bring a taste of Sardinia to London with their unique range of charcuterie and cheese sourced directly from Sardinian producers. Firm favourites include Pecorino Sardo; Pane Carasau –traditional Sardinian flatbread; gluten and lactose-free salami seasoned with fennel, myrtle leaves and sun dried chilli; and more unusual items such as Bottarga, a wonderful dried fish roe known as Sardinian caviar, which can be added to pasta or shaved directly onto vegetables for your next dinner party.



Tell us about yourself and your business

I started Capo Caccia in 2012 so that I could bring my love of traditional Sardinian food to London. We regularly travel throughout Sardinia meeting cheese producers, butchers and farmers and sourcing the finest regional staples to bring a unique range of charcuterie and cheese to London.

We sell the finest Pecorino cheese, Ricotta Mustia, a smoked dried Ricotta alongside Pane Carasau, a traditional Sardinian flatbread. We often sell out of our popular range of gluten and lactose-free salami seasoned with fennel, myrtle leaves and sun dried chilli and marinated in red and white wine.

Another hit with meat lovers is Mustela, a traditional southern Sardinian cured pork loin, and Bottarga, a wonderful fish roe known as Sardinian caviar that can be added to pasta or shaved directly on to vegetables as a starter.

Another tasty delight is Malloredus gnocchi, tiny dumplings with an elongated, elegant conch shape and Fregola, semolina dough that has been rolled into fine balls and toasted in an oven.
You’ll find us across London at the finest food markets and you can also find our charcuterie and cheese at restaurants and food shops in the Capital.

We’re passionate about the amazing food that comes from Sardinia and it’s a pleasure to be able to share our passion with you and work with small, artisan producers to bring a taste of Sardinia to London.

What did you do before starting this business

Since I moved to London 15 years ago, I've been working in the fine food business. I started selling Sardinian products at Borough Market for 3 years and I worked for other Italian fine food importer like Guidetti fine food and Ham&Cheese Co. In Italy I was an agronomist working with farmers and I did a PHD in climate change. I started my own business 5 years ago with the objective to import the finest food from Sardinia to London, working very closely with my producers and farmers, supporting them and the Sardinian culture.


What were the main motivations for starting your business

As I said before, since I moved to London, I had the idea to import Sardinian products. I'd been working with producers and farmers in Sardinia and I saw a good potential and an amazing range of products and solid family business with a great background, story and produce. I specialise in Sardinian products because I would like to tell the story of Sardinia through its products. Every area or town has its own bread, recipe or cheese that tell you about the place, the people and the traditions.

What is your inspiration for what you do

After 15 years I still get excited when I receive the delivery from Sardinia and I can't wait to be at the market to talk about the new products with my customers.  I've discovered new products, farms and places in Sardinia and I've also started to bring my clients to Sardinia to meet the producers. I'm still inspired by my homeland and I'm proud to support it!

What do you love most about what you do

Finding new products, bringing them to London and trying them with my customers.

What advice would you give to a new trader starting out

Have in mind a clear idea of what you would like to sell and why you would like to sell it. Think where you want to be with your products in few years time. On top of that, Passion and Love for your own business.

Do you have any links to Ealing

A few good friends living there.

Where do you source your materials from and is this important to you


Where do you get inspiration for new products from

I do a lots of research and I speak a lot with my producers. I meet new products and I visit Sardinia at least twice a year, looking for new products and trying new menu and restaurants.

What's more important to you colour or texture

Texture and colour

Where's your favourite place to eat in London

Anchor and Hope Waterloo
Platform 1 East Dulwich
Mamma Dough Peckham
Patron Kentish town

Sweet or savoury


What's your essential dinner party ingredient

Sharing platter with cheese and salami, good wine, craft beer


Capo Caccia are taking part in the W5 Food Market: Cheese Fest.

An official event in the Evening Standard London Food Month, Eat Me Drink Me’s monthly Sunday food market is ramping up the excitement with an event worshipping cheese. 

Find out more

Are you a trader? We have a number of events and markets throughout the year and are always on the look-out for exciting new traders to join our family. If you would like to be an Eat Me Drink Me trader please take a look at our Trader page.

A-Z of London Food Month

The W5 Food Market: Cheese Fest has been mentioned in the Evening Standard's A-Z of London Food Month - C is for cheese! Join us on the 11th June for a cheesetastic day of cheese-centric street food traders, cheese traders from around the world plus your essential cheese board accompaniments, pop-up bars, kids’ crafts, live music and a chance to vote for your favourite cheese in the inaugural Cheese Cup.