The Insiders Guide showcases all the wonderful quirky independent businesses in West Norwood. It aims to enthuse people about shopping locally and to build a sense of community by giving a behind the scenes snapshot of a business, concentrating on the owner’s story and its human interest. Many of the businesses featured have deep roots in the area so there is occasionally a smattering of local history.

Featuring the Fruit and Veg stall, which straggles a double pitch on the corner of Chestnut Road and Norwood Road. This familiar site to locals has been part of the fabric of the area since Victorian times. Our FEAST reporter chatted with owners Ross and Tina as they served a steady flow of regulars. Ross […]

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Winter rain and cold; but the FEAST team has regrouped to prepare for the year ahead. And so our intrepid reporter is back pounding the streets of West Norwood to meet more local traders. Presenting; Emmaus Lambeth, a homelessness charity with a cluster of shops along Knights Hill selling a variety of second hand goods. […]

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  Introducing B’s Balloons, West Norwood’s very own balloon and party suppliers, nestled on the corner of Bloom Grove opposite the cemetery. Our intrepid FEAST reporter stepped through the cheery bright-pink door to talk balloons with owner Bev and business partner Julie. The first question had to be: “How did you get into this line […]

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In Nettlefold Place near Cenci Vintage, featured previously in this blog, there is an unassuming door marked number 6 and signed The Clockworks. The converted Victorian industrial building, with on-trend grey paintwork, could be mistaken for the offices of an architect’s practice or media company. Instead, behind the entrance door there lies a nationally unique […]

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  Introducing Wear Abouts, a family business selling children’s fashion and school wear in West Norwood’s high street. The owner Bashir and his son Yusuf warmly greeted our intrepid FEAST reporter and offered a tour of the premises. Towards the back of the shop, you can see an open stockroom with shelves to the ceiling […]

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It’s Spring and FEAST is back! And so our intrepid reporter set off once more to explore the streets of West Norwood, meeting local traders. Presenting Hobby’s, a family business for model makers and hobbyists since the 1950s. Stray behind Knight’s Hill into the quiet streets of the industrial area to find their large warehouse […]

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  Turning into Chestnut Road, just past the fruit and veg stall, our Intrepid FEAST reporter found Harry Day Mews. This handsome former furniture warehouse built in 1922 is now flats. Once you’ve buzzed the intercom, metal gates glide open and the Mosaic Workshop, London’s only specialist mosaic shop, is across the courtyard. If making […]

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Presenting Floral Hall, a longstanding West Norwood business with deep roots in the community. Entering the shop you are greeted by a central explosion of colour and a subtle fragrance of flowers; along the edges are displays of seeds, bulbs, chocolates, candles and vases. And there’s more… for tucked around the corner on Lansdowne Hill, Floral […]

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For this edition, our roving reporter headed past St Lukes up towards Rosebery’s auction house. If you are a dedicated bargain hunter with a passion for second hand goods, then Maddison’s is a treat. The forecourt is a jumble of furniture. Inside, the shop is crammed with bookcases, chest of drawers, desks. The odd chair […]

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Presenting… Studio Trap, West Norwood’s very own tattoo parlour, just off Norwood Road on Chatsworth Way. The shop frontage is eye-catching with a tall billboard of Marilyn Monroe, tattooed. If your idea of a tattoo parlour is a seedy, dark room, think again. Owner Donnie has worked hard to create a bright, inviting space, including […]

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Presenting…Goodways Electronics; a humble gem of a workshop hidden away in Dalton Street. Here a whole range of repairs are undertaken by owner John. Our intrepid FEAST reporter squeezed into the space in front of a counter dominated by flat screen TV’s. Through the gap framed by this line of TVs, you can glimpse the […]

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The #WeNo insider guide to…. Cenci Vintage Clothing and Accessories  Cenci is tucked away in Nettleford Place, the street behind the post office. Appearances can be deceptive; there’s an unassuming warehouse facade, but ring the bell and you are buzzed into a vintage treasure trove. Bags, shoes, jumpers, hats are stacked up high on shelves […]

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This will be a regular feature on the Feast website, where an intrepid Feaster reporter will be regularly featuring the wonderful delights of your high street, starting with… ….Baron, Polish & Brazilian Deli Introducing Artur and Neade, owners of Baron Polish and Brazilian Deli, a husband and wife team from Poland and Brazil. Baron is an established […]

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Thank you for your great feature on Maddison’s – you got across how my business works and operates perfectly

Ian Middleton

Owner, Maddison's