Chatsworth Road Market isn’t a newcomer to the East End market scene, rather a plucky revival – at its height during the 1930s, there’d be 200 stalls through the week. We asked Lillie to talk us through a few of her favourites among the two or three dozen purveyors of homewares, fashion and food who set up stalls there on Sundays. It’s becoming a real food-lover’s hub – as well as the spots we snapped for Editer, look out for stalls selling jollof rice, banh mi, kimchee and dark chocolate cranberry brownie cheesecake.
‘The market is getting more and more interesting,’ says Lillie, who has been selling her wares there since it reopened in autumn 2010. ‘There’s more fresh food now, which is what I think people want. And there’s a lovely community vibe – before doing the market I didn’t really know any of my neighbours. Now, people come up to me and offer me produce from their gardens, like fennel blossom or lavender. I have loads of regulars. And people really like to chat!’
What the Dickens
You can’t miss this tweedy trio of schoolfriends, with their vintage Pashley trike cart and their blackboard menu of ‘old English food’, such as scallop and home-cured bacon rolls, kedgeree with Clarence Court eggs, and the Jubilee special of gala sandwich on E5 Bakehouse bread. ‘Their kedgeree is amazing,’ says Lillie. ‘It’s nice to see young people doing old-fashioned things, doing them properly, and making them cool again.’
Creperie du Monde
51 Chatsworth Road London, Greater London E5 0LH (020 8525 5735; http://creperiedumonde.co.uk)
Local resident Shane Harrison took on the site formerly known as Chatsworth Kitchen earlier this year, gave it an airy, utility-chic new look, and opened it at the end of April, hoping to give his neighbours a place to eat well at reasonable prices. ‘It’s a good place – I like going to Shane’s on Wednesdays when it’s BYO,’ says Lillie. ‘They do excellent mussels with nettles foraged from Hackney Marshes, and I recently had a great salad of beetroot, goat’s curd and hazelnuts.
Shane’s on Chatsworth
62 Chatsworth Road, London E5 0LS (020 8985 3755; www.shanesonchatsworth.com)
This charming corner site feels as international as its name suggests, with chic, cosmopolitan staff working a Frida Kahlo look, and dozens of sweet and savoury crêpes dubbed La Parisienne (goat’s cheese and walnuts), Taste of the Carib and Moroccan Fresh. There are also omelettes with great names such as Agnes and Yoko, waffles with maple syrup, Nutella, butterscotch or toffee, and flaming crêpes Suzette. ‘I’d come here for dessert,’ says Lillie. ‘The simple crêpes are best, like lemon and brown sugar.’
Nick Jenkins’ selection of antiques and vintage memorabilia might include 1920s dumbbells (very The Chap), battered leather suitcases, time-worn wooden boxes, fans, old chisels and various kitchen items. It’s a bit like rummaging in your granddad’s attic. ‘All the antiques and retro stalls are worth a look,’ says Lillie. ‘I bought some old mixing bowls from Proper Old a while back – classic Mason Cash-style ones.’