Hills & Parkes are the team that have been running a speciality food stall at Honor Oak Park station for the last three months. It's provoked a lot of appreciative comments from BC readers since it opened so we asked Jacqui, one half of the team, how it's going:
Why did you set up in Honor Oak Park?
Emma and I are both local mums and we wanted fresh, good quality local produce and hoped to find a suitable premises in Honor Oak. Whilst we struggled to find anything appropriate we decided to set up an artisan food market stall outside Honor Oak Park train station. We have had an amazing response from the local community and thank every one for their support.
What stuff do you sell?
We offer a great range of artisan produced food from amazing organic bread from the Blackbird Bakery, cheese from Neals Yard, English charcuterie from award winning Trealy Farm, incredible pies from E London's Eat My Pies, amazing curry sauces from Curry Tree, jams from New Cross company England Preserves and honey from Honor Oak's allotments, chocolate from Bellenden Road and we have been likened to a compact Borough Market.
Would you ever consider doing anything in Brockley?
Hills & Parkes is all about our local area - Hillyfields, Honor Oak Park, One Tree Hill, Crofton Park , Forest Hill and Blythe Hill and we hope that people from those places and beyond would visit us.
Have the authorities been helpful since you started?
As we are outside the station we did need to seek Tfl's permission but we had to get approval from Lewisham Council - who actually have been very supportive of our venture.
What are your plans for the future?
We operate our food stall every Saturday from 9am to 4pm and Sunday 10.30 - 3.00pm we also do catering for private parties and businesses, we provide bespoke hampers to suit a variety of occasions and we supply cakes/bakes to a variety of other outlets locally. We are also developing our website www.hillsandparkes.com. We've got some ambitious ideas for the future, so watch this space.