Brockley Business: who do you love?

It's time again for Lewisham Council's annual competition "Who do you love?" which aims to celebrate the borough's best small high street businesses.

Last year we tried and failed to steamroller a Brockley business in to first place, but this year, traffic is double what it was, so come on people, vote here.

We learned of this via the Lewisham Council twitter feed, by the way. See, it's not all about reading what Stephen Fry had for lunch.

50 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fishy Business!

Anonymous said...

Got to big-up 'Smiles' - went in for a takeaway the other night, they are ridiculously lovely there and the food is stellar.

Also, the wine shop next to the dry cleaner's (in turn next to Esso) - I don't know it's name, but the lady in there is also very friendly, always greets you with a smile. And they sell Oyster Bay SB! Yum.

Tressillian James said...

Love Fishy Businesses Fish and Chips - don't love the serivce.

I'd go with Smiles - an overlooked gem

Brockley Kate said...

Mr Lawrence's - got to be.

Graham said...

I went for Degustation, seeing as it's its first year and all that. I also love Smile's and Mr Lawrence. Does Jam Circus count as independent...?

Anonymous said...

sorry to throw a cat amongst the pigeons but i voted for genarro delicatessan in lewisham

drakefell debaser said...

It has to be Long Time for me but I will try Smiles as it keeps getting mentioned. Chais Garden is great too whilst on the subject of Tai Food (we are spoilt for choice really)

A big thumbs up to the people at the Quick Stop on Endwell Rd (Liverpool fans with a friendly service), Degustation (superb wine knowledge and very helpful when wondering what to drink with what), FC Soper (Friendly and just great fish) and Mr Lawrence (the Aladdin’s cave of ale), Babur (mmmmm)

JPM said...

I'd vote for Aquarium and Fishy Business.

Anonymous said...

Have never had a problem with "service" in Fishy Business other than occasional annoyance at how a chip shop in chip-buying primetime in the evenings often seems to have a shortage of chips, leading to queues.

Brockley Kate said...

Good point anon#3, Gennaro's is fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Are The Alps an Athlete tribute band.?

Transpontine said...

Broca has had the biggest impact on my quality of life.

Anonymous said...

Is the last post serious?

Bobblekin said...

Mr Lawrence gets my vote again this year.

Is Long Time Cafe still trading? Its always closed when i pass it.

drakefell debaser said...

Long Time is closed due to the Chinese New Year I believe so they should return.

Anonymous said...

They must be doing well in these current times to take so much time off - wouldn't you employ a local to keep the shop going?

Mae Hong's have been open for a while now.

Tressillian James said...

Why are the anons such arses...

Tressillian James said...

Sorry Nick et al - please delete away - I'm just tired of seeing such negative sniping at local businesses

drakefell debaser said...

Employ a local to keep the shop going?

I hope they are doing well enough to take what ever time off they want. Must we moan about their success too?

It is also worth bearing in mind that with any business, particularly food, quality is important for your reputation and it can be better to loose income than the whole thing altogether

Anonymous said...

Saying that a shop is shut is hardly sniping. A good war would sort you out.

Tressillian James said...

A local restaurant that has a reputation for quality food, can't just ship in some staff to stand in for them. Also running a restaurant and making sure it si open takes all of your free time - most of your evenings and weekends. Trying to schedule any holiday is difficult. So yes if the chef and the staff have decided to take an extended break for Chinese New Year, maybe visit relatives in Asia, then good for them. I only hope this is the cause and we haven't lost another good establishment.

And war Anon? Glad to see that calling you an arse hit home.

The Cat Man said...

I vote for the Broca Food Market. I have no swapped my weekly delivery of mung-bean certified fruit and veg to that provided at the end of my road.

I also think they have some very nice soups, decent cereal and decent 'gu' puddings to keep me happy.

Oh, fresh, locally produced bread sold daily.

I am just waiting for a new stock of organic cat food and then I will be REALLY happy.

Tressillian James said...

I'll back Catman on the Broca Food market; couldn't get a celeriac at Sainsbury's or Tesco's and Broca had a bundle of them priced reasonably - I just must keep remembering it is there....

Anonymous said...

Is that "daily" baked bread?

The Cat Man said...

It is 'daily' and 'freshly baked' bread. Certified with the 'mung bean' soil association too.

Monkeyboy said...

Not quiet Brockley but Wellbeloved is great. His family have run a butchers in the area since 1836 so will satisfy those who feel you have to have some genetic link to the local. It's not all twee and trendy just a plain old fashioned KNOWLEDGEABLE butcher. Doesn't necessarily have a full range of posh cuts but I saw a bloke order a couple of pheasants on the Saturday and he promised to have them by 7:00am on Monday morning.

(and nick knows I like his pies...)

Anonymous said...

I've never used a butcher in my life. I'm not sure if I went in what I would be meant to do!

Transpontine said...

Yes I was serious that Broca (cafe) has impacted on my quality of life, I met some nice people, even joined a band, and had a reasonably priced very strong shot of coffee most mornings before setting off to work. Early days for the Broca food market, but it certainly came into its own for me this week when we managed to feed a family for several days pretty much exclusively on food from there.

Monkeyboy said...

You do feel all grown up and sophisticated striding up to the counter and asking for something specific. Ask for a rib eye steak or if your feeling greedy a T-bone. He'll sometimes hack one off a big lump of dead cow like someone who knows what they're doing. And really, do try the pies. You can get five for a fiver, great to freeze and pop in the oven if you're feeling lazy.

Anonymous said...

Wellbeloved isn't in yellow pages - infact a search for "wellbeloved brockley" on google only really brings up this blog and one scant reference to an address in "Tanners Hill, SE8" - is that it? If so, it's some distance away - do they have parking?

oryx said...

A bit more 'Brockley South' than Brockley Central, but my vote went to Le Querce on Brockley Rise.

Best Italian food I've ever had (and I've been to Italy three times!)

Anonymous said...

Oh my GOD, you don't need to DRIVE to Deptford... Tanners Hill is a mere 15 minute walk. Wellbeloved all the way!

Anonymous said...

I realise that this is a subjective and non-serious issue, but surely there must be a non-food enterprise that someone must love? (Although personally I can't actually think of one, so I'm being a hypocrite...). Seems to be the same old middle class food/deli chat under a different guise.

Anonymous said...

I think the 15 min walk to deptford somewhat depends on what part of Brockley you live in. Perhaps the cheap end.

Mezzer said...

I'd second the wine shop next to the dry cleaner's (in turn next to Esso). It used to be the best off license around (when it was called Star Wines). It then was taken over and went downhill, but the new owner has tuurned it around again - and renamed it Five Star Wines!

Smiles also gets my vote, along with Degustation.

Brockley Nick said...

Thanks for recommending that place, I will have to check it out.

Paddyom said...

I went for Jam Circus

Anonymous said...

Don't expect Five Star Wines to provide the kind of variety that you'd get in a proper wine merchant like Mr Lawrence's - in fact it's more of a standard high street independent offy and basic grocery item sort of place.

You can expect great service and good prices though...

Tamsin said...

There's parking just round the corner from Wellbeloved - a little pay and display parking lot. Means you can also look at the antiques shop in Tanners Hill and the other one just around the othr corner on the main road.
Also Whitcomb cycles.

quick brown fox said...

Non-food example: the dry cleaners next to the Esso garage are always friendly and helpful.

drakefell debaser said...

Lots of recommendations around the Esso garage but none for the actual garage.

Is the reason down to a poor quality of petrol and diesel, lack of top shelf magazines or, the annoyance of shouting through a hatch trying to point out your desired item in the early hours whilst the poor chap tries to work out just what it is you do want and wishing that he too could be as pissed as you?

brockley mutha said...

The dry cleaners next to Esso, Broca (the supermarket), the co op and budgens, degustation and the upholsterers next to the bookies. They are all great.

patrick1971 said...

My favourite local business is Cats at Home, and their sister company Meridian Cats. They're all great people and really look after your cat whilst you're away, avoiding the need to traumatise it by putting it into a cattery. Highly recommended.

http://www.cats-at-home.com/

Mezzer said...

I forgot about the upholsterers - but yes, they are fantastic.

Our sofa was refurbished about four years ago and still looks like it will go on for years and years.

Anonymous said...

Geddes Hairdressing and Oscars coffee bar in Ladywell look really good and they are both really busy. Just shows two new business' nicely fitted out can do really well.

psyche9 said...

In the SE4 area:
Peter James, butchers, Ewhurst Rd
Meze Mangal
Mr Lawrence's, off licence

More generally in Lewisham:
Gennaros, Italian deli, 23 Lewis Grove
The big Turkish Food centre (TFC) in Catford (Bromley Rd)
Rolls & Reams, the fabric shop in Lewisham High St
Kirkdale bookshop in Sydenham

Anonymous said...

Speedicars, Lion Chicken, Portland Bookmakers...

nobbly brick said...
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nobbly brick said...

anon 10:06, you forgot to mention the 'parking shop' in Rennell Street, surely an oversight.

Headhunter said...

....And the over supply of MOT and car garages that Brockley seems to have. None with customers very apparent yet mysteriously, there they remain...

BTW, has Dandelion Blue found a buyer? There's an "under offer" sign over the door now and a paper sign in the window says something about them being back after a short holiday in a couple of weeks. is it re-opening??

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