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Street Feast Woolwich extend opening times to Sunday as other places open

Courtesy Street Feast

From this weekend Woolwich Street Feast will open on Sundays from noon. The market has seen huge success since opening in March, transforming a run down market into a lively, buzzing area every Friday and Saturday night.

All change. From run down spot to lively food and drink market

Sunday opening will continue over the summer.

And in other good news for Woolwich, Ethiopean restaurant Blue Nile has reopened, despite what this pic shows!

Rounding out a trilogy of good news is a new Vietnamese restaurant named ViB which has opened at 11 Beresford Square in Woolwich.

All very welcome to see.

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11 Comments

  1. James

    I’m sorry but I am not a fan of this it is not diverse at all and you can tell by just that picture exactly what this has done to the area.

    • Sim

      I’m from a BAME background myself, and if you took the time to actually go inside ‘Market’ you’d see that it actually it attracts a very diverse crowd, which for me is one of the main appeals.

      Woolwich needs more venues like to this and drag it up from the very low level it’s currently at. Don’t be an enemy of progress or you’ll end up living in a s**thole your whole life.

      • Gavin

        Well said Sim.

      • Harminder K

        Agree 100%

        Speaking as someone from an Indian heritage, I roll my eyes with ‘Diversity’ for the sake of it being thrown about.

        Woolwich in general has been a dump and undesirable for may years, but regardless of the money you throw at it, it makes little difference if the mindset’s of people doesn’t change.

  2. Sim

    I’m from a BAME background myself, and if you took the time to actually go inside ‘Market’ you’d see that it actually attracts a very diverse crowd, which for me is one of the main appeals.

    Woolwich needs more venues like this to drag it up from the very low level it’s currently at. Don’t be an enemy of progress or you’ll end up living in a s**thole your whole life.

    (ABOVE RESPONSE WITHOUT TYPOS :))

  3. ndog

    I wonder if streetfeast could ambush the ‘wool yard’ premises? In a year and a half when they have to go – it could be more beneficial to have Street feast operating in a permanent venue- SF have a proven track record and have already employed local staff and complied with the councils ridiculous conditions to this point. Also I would guess that the growth to the local area from SF is greater than that supplied by the rest of the

    Also, james, when you say look at what it has done to the area, just simply take the amount of jobs it has created. That is what it has done to the area but to then go on and Suggest groups of white people are something you ‘are not a fan of’ is simply racist.
    Diversity doesn’t stop at the one race you personally dislike, it is surely about inclusion of ALL races?!

  4. anonymous201486

    The same old shed, then? Nothing seems to have been done to clean it up. You wouldn’t catch me buying anything from the vendors as who knows what might have fallen into an open pot whilst a back was turned.

    If you want to bring up an area, start with decent shops and not faux street food for a couple of weekends.

  5. Disappointed

    Sorry to see one single comment has high jacked all the responses so far on what is essentially good news.

    Having said that I liked everyone response to James’s comment. We need every bit of economic activity we can get. Note the council allowed the market place to remain virtually empty for years before Street Feast came along and who did that benefit?

    If James had said that he is aware that Street Feast refuses custom from the BAME community then he has a point but to state that he is not happy because others are enjoying themselves is plain stupid and does nothing but trivialises the serious issues faced by the BAME community.

    Yes, before you ask I am from the BAME community too.

    With regards to the comment about decent shops, let’s walk before we run the marathon. We first should DEMAND that the existing shops in the area up their game. For many shops in Woolwich and Plumstead the standard of hygiene and presentation is dismal. Some shops are so bad that they constitute a public health hazard. Until this is addressed who would want to open a decent shop with an environmental health hazard next door.

  6. anonymous201486

    The problem with the shops in Woolwich, Plumstead and elsewhere is the LANDLORDS. They own the buildings and it is them that need to pay attention, but they won’t do so because their tenants cannot afford the subsequent uplift in rent. The landlords would rather have some income than an empty shop unit. Further, if Greenwich Council did it’s job, the unhygienic premises would have notice served on it and action against the tenants.

    Woolwich has always been a relatively poor area and all these shiny rabbit hutch flats have thrown the area into sharp relief. The developers and Greenwich Council are only interested in the revenue from sales and council tax that is being generated by the thousands of apartment blocks that are blighting seemingly every piece of land.

    This whole ‘street food’ movement is just a cliche.

    • harminder k

      I can see where you are coming from about the street food movement being a cliche, but i think it makes the area better with it than without it.

      Regarding your comments about the council’s attitude, I agree with your analysis.
      It’s also very short-termism, and we won’t see the full effects of their policy for a few yearsyet.

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