We visit Deptford to get our tastebuds around street food outfit The Cheese Truck…
Deptford possibly doesn’t get the airplay of other London neighbourhoods when it comes to the street food scene. But you may have heard that street food pop-ups such as The Cheese Truck have been flocking to the Job Centre Pub for an innovative foodie take-over dubbed Kitchen Hijack.
Oh My Dog, Bill or Beak and The Meat Heads are some of the vendors who have taken part in their three-day take-overs each weekend (which run from Thursday to Saturday). But we stopped by to check out the aforementioned street food champions The Cheese Truck, who were serving up their gooey, cheesy, indulgent toasties.
On arrival at this relatively new pub on Deptford High Street, you’ll notice it’s ‘cool’ in the fact that it’s got that unpolished, upcycled feel. For a start, it’s filled with the kind of retro furniture, windows-turned-picture frames, bunting and all sorts of nik naks you’d find in a Greenwich market.
While there’s craft beer and a good buzzy vibe going on, there’s also a rolling schedule of entertainment and a selection of artists who come to this South East London hangout to perform. Some of the latest acts have included Don Letts, Ryan McCaffrey and his six-piece band as well as film screenings (which might explain the projector). Check out their What’s On board for more.
During our visit, there was a good old vinyl playing in the corner, candles lit and a nice atmosphere as the Cheese Truck guys cooked in the courtyard out the back.
We started by getting a bottle of red on the go, and then ordered the Chopwell Bishop Stilton sandwich with sweet-cure bacon and pear chutney, plus the Queso Chihuahua Cheese sandwich, which came with spicy chorizo and rocket.
Wowee. This was cheesy heaven. The Queso Chihuahua Cheese sandwich was pretty epic. The stilton one was quite intense and could have perhaps done with a bit more chutney to counterbalance that intense blue cheesiness, but it was all-round, pretty delish.
We certainly didn’t need anything more but we had to try the Cheese Truck’s cheesy fondue chips while we were here.
My oh my, these are covered in so much cheese. I asked for one of the fondue chips to have the fondue on the side so we had the option of dipping the chips in as we pleased. They’re topped with chives and chopped spring onions and those deep fried cheese curds on the top are something else – I could quite happily sit and eat a bowl of these alone.
OK, so it’s not recommended you consume this amount of cheese on a regular basis, and I think the amount of food we ate would give even Adam Richman a run for his money… But if you’re a cheese fiend and all you need is some comforting, melted gooeyness, this is just what you need. And you get some added nutrition from the gherkins on the side, right?
All that was left at the end of this lot was De Brie…. (sorry).
While we didn’t explore the rest of Deptford, The Job Centre is a cool little place spot and word on the street says that the Kitchen Hijack has been so successful, it’s set to continue.
It’s fresh, it’s interesting and it’s a brilliant way to highlight the best of London’s street food. Check it out, the Kitchen Hijack is calling you…
Thanks to The Job Centre for inviting us to be a guest of Kitchen Hijack. All views are our own. For more information, check out The Job Centre Pub’s website at JobCentreDeptford.com and follow them on twitter and Facebook.
The Job Centre, 120-122 Deptford High Street, Deptford, London, SE8 4NS