‘I went to the traditional South London bakery selling sandwiches the size of your head for £ 3 and it was the best bacon sarnie I’ve ever had’ – Lea Dzifa Seeberg

If there’s a promise of the perfect sandwich, I will go anywhere. And that’s why I did not hesitate in going to Brockley when I found out about Doorstep Bakery.

I’ve only been there once before and I had the best fish and chips of my life – so I had high hopes for what is supposedly the best, cheapest and biggest sandwich in London. As I stepped off the Overground, I figured I’d go in and order whatever ‘classic’ was on the menu at Doorstep Bakery.

Hah, what a fool I was. As soon as I stepped into the modest establishment I was greeted cheerfully with a, “what can I get ya, love?” And naively, I blurted out “a small sandwich please”, which was obviously met with blank stares of confusion.

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Doorstep Bakery is a no-nonsense establishment

“What kind of sandwich, darling,” one of the owners asked me as regulars streamed in and out, exchanging pleasantries and well-rehearsed orders. This is not a place where you order off a menu – you come in knowing what you want.

So I did what anyone new to a well-established local shop should do and asked: “What would you recommend?” And off we went as one woman built me ​​the perfect bacon roll and the other sparked up a conversation with me.

Because this is no ordinary shop; it’s a community hub where people come to update the genuinely interested staff on their lives. As I listened to the sizzle of the bacon, I witnessed an interaction that seemed particularly heartwarming amidst the gray concrete loneliness that can sometimes take over in this city. A regular came in and ordered his sandwich and this was clearly his safe space as he vented about his life.



This was by far the best sandwich I’ve ever had

And instead of nodding and pretending to care, Doorstep Bakery’s staff listened intently and offered up several gems that would not have looked out of place in a fortune cookie, eventually putting a smile back on his face. And during all of it, the sandwich making never stopped. Even though I’m an East London girl, I felt like part of the Brockley family and it was enough to put a spring in my step. And when I was handed my sandwich I almost dropped the bag thanks to the sheer weight of it – and only paid £ 3.

And what a sandwich it was: a fluffy roll the size of my head encased impressively crispy bacon, two perfectly fried eggs and lashings of butter and bacon that almost made me sing with joy.

It was without a doubt the best bacon sarnie I’ve had and at that price I could be convinced to make the half-hour commute for it every day. But it was the community spirit that made me fall in love with the shop and its surroundings – where else can you go to get the perfect sarnie and life advice for £ 3?

As a bonus, the stairs at the Overground are in the sun, making it the perfect sandwich-eating spot. In Norwegian we call it a ‘solvegg’ – a calm spot amidst the hustle and bustle drenched in sunlight where you can do nothing for a while but sit and smile.

Do you have a local food gem you think we should cover? If so, email whatson@mylondon.news or lea.seeberg@reachplc.com



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