Broca and Shop on the Hill celebrated

It was the BC wot won it! At least, we hope readers' votes helped the Broca and the Shop on the Hill scoop 4th and 5th places for Brockley in the annual Lewisham "Who do you love?" awards.

The winners are chosen by the public in recognition of the fond places they occupy on our high streets.

First place was taken by the excellent Lewisham Sausage Man, second place went to Sapporo Japanese restaurant in Catford and third place went to Barbados Hair Salon in Honor Oak.

Congratulations to both Brockley businesses and to the other winners.

With thanks and best wishes to the wonderful Armpit Vale, who spotted the story.

40 comments:

patrick1971 said...

Is the "Lewisham Sausage Man" the German Sausages stall by the clock tower, or is it someone else?

Armpit Vale said...

No credit :-(

Brockley Nick said...

Whoops sorry Armpit. Will fix.

Armpit Vale said...

:-)

Brockley Kate said...

Moh, the sausage man is great!

peasoup said...

Can we get a review/thread for Sapporo? Or is there one and i've just blindly missed it. I didn't know there was a decent Japanese restaurant nearby, I thought it was all Chinese and chicken.

Brockley Kate said...

By the way, does anyone know if the French market still happens in Lewisham at all?
I went to one ages ago which was great, and keep meaning to go back, but I can't find any info about it on the council website.

Anonymous said...

What's the difference between Chinese and Japanese?

Anonymous said...

peasoup: lol!!!!!

Anonymous said...

There is a huge difference between chinese and japanese food. Go and try both and see...

quick brown fox said...

Japanese costs about three times as much - but is generally worth it.

It helps if you like fish.

Headhunter said...

I haven't been to Sapporo since I lived in Catford back in 02, but although tasty it was hardly authentic Japanese. It's one of those "re branded" Chinese restaurants which does a limited bit of sushi and then lots of fried noodles and spring rolls which are not Japanese.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Quick Brown, you're not one of the famous Brockley Foxes of Brock Soc newsletter fame are you?

If so I believe Hugh would like to meet you.....

Tressillian James said...

Totally agree HH - suprised to see Sapporo under best loved - the only thinking Japanese is the name - but if you;re thinking of getting a bowl of Sapporo Ramen - or even a bowl of decent ramen it's not here.

Hugh said...

Big shout for Lewisham Market. Fruit and veg at a fraction of supermarket prices. Go there most weekends to load up.

Anonymous said...

Lewisham Market - take a peek behind some of the F&V stalls. the fruit they put in those bowls for a pound is sometimes the wiped clean salvage from large boxes of mouldy, rotten fruit they keep at back. especially true of the strawberrys they sell.

Hugh said...

So?

Anonymous said...

so why not spend an extra pound and get something fresh and good quality?

peasoup said...

If it's wiped clean, it's good enough for me. Now more than ever being frugal is essential, etc. I don't subscribe to the 'if it's touched something rotten, it must be rotten' mentality. I've no complaints about the £1 bowls, although I do check to see that the fruit i'm actually buying is in good nick.

Anonymous said...

for me, it's too much of a false economy. too often the stuff i've bought there is borderline rotten itself (and sometimes rotten inside already). unless i'm planning on eating/using it straight away (as in a few hours of buying) the standard of the stuff they sell is just too poor.
each to their own though.

welcome to 2009 said...

no surprise a sapporo did well in a public vote. There are a lot of people in catford and they're not exactly spoiled for choice.

Headhunter said...

You're probably right about Sapporo Ichiban. I remember when it 1st opened we went there quite a few times, not necessarily because it was that great but it was nice to have something local. Other than that there's nothing but fried chicken.

Someone said the same to me about Meze Mangal. I mean the place is always completely booked out at weekends. IMO it is very good, however would it be so busy if there were other places around?

Headhunter said...

I often buy "£1 a bowl" fruit from Leather Lane market near where I work and have rarely found it goes off. Oranges and apples are particularly OK but bananas can be a bit ripe but I prefer them that way.

In general though you usually need to consume market food quite quickly after buying though, you can't really go to Lewisham Market, stock up on fruit and veg and expect it to last through the week...

Pete said...

You work near leather lane too Headhunter. What a small world. We probably see each other in the morning on our cycle commutes.

Headhunter said...

Pete - Had no idea you worked out this way too. In fact didn't Hugh also claim to work round Chancery Lane somewhere? I think I've only seen the back of your head at one of the BC drinks a while back so sorry if I haven't said hello! How do you get in? Along Old Kent Rd and then across London Br?

quick brown fox said...

Tyrwhitt Michael - no, I'm afraid I'm not one of the Brockley Foxes, just one of the common or garden, lower case variety.

Monkeyboy said...

Hugh buying bargain bruised veg from a working class market? The crunch has finally hit him.

Tamsin said...

I used to work in that neck of the woods years ago and Leather Lane market is wonderful.
Is the woman still there mournfully crying out "Last of the Superglue"?

psyche9 said...

I'm a Leather Lane fan too, but also like Lewisham Market. Not all the stalls are good - be selective when you shop at Lewisham.
There are a couple of excellent stalls - in particular the stall that sells a lot of Asian veg; you often see long queues to it. Big big bags of very good quality ginger for £1, for example. The vegetable stall next to it is very good and there is a good fruit stall eleswhere. Look for the queues, avoid - , on the whole - the £1 a scoop places and places where you can't pick from the display.

Hugh said...

Monkey my son, nowt wrong wid keeping it real, yeh?

Headhunter, Leather Lane is a bit far from the City but I used to pop into the Lebanese place there for a meze lunch platter. Well lush.

Also, I find that veg from Lewisham Market easily lasts a week in the fridge. At 8 courgettes for a pound, you can't go wrong anyhow. The bananas are pretty ripe but I for one only like bananas when ripe.

Has anyone worked out precisely the time that the marketeers start marking down their produce in late afternoon? Is it about 4.30pm or later?

Pete said...

"Along Old Kent Rd and then across London Br?"

I go up the Old Kent Road to the elephant and castle and then ride over Blackfriar's bridge instead, then up Farringdon Road which my office is on.

Tressillian James said...

Hugh - first Lewisham market, now asking us about the time for mark-downs. It does sound like you are on your uppers...or are you just saving to get your bike out of repair? 8-)

Hugh said...

James, I'm one of those oddballs who can't do things by halves. Having begun reviewing domestic expenditure in light of the recession, I'm now aiming to optimise savings rather than avoid the odd Pret coffee here and there, subject to maintaining comfort levels. It's quite fun once you start.

Do it to the max or don't do it.

Lep Recorn said...

To cycle to the Elephant there is a more pleasant, less dangerous, but slightly longer route . . .

Go past nunhead station, through the back streets to Peckham. Then through Canal park & Burgess park to Portland street and down that to the pedestrian/cycle crossing on the old kent road just by Elephant road.

Headhunter said...

That takes all the fun out of dodging through the traffic and playing chicken with the bendy buses. I'm telling you, it beats a cup of coffee for "wake up" value in the morning!

Hugh said...

Had a coffee at the train carriage on Deptford High Street today. Lovely place to sit in the sun. The caff is Hugh-approved.

Monkeyboy said...

Now he's drinking fair trade latte at the stronghold of the Guardianista set. I'm telling you, he's turning into one of us!

Hugh said...

Was that you with the Elvis hair, stubble and Chris Evans specs, Monekyboy, sucking on a roll-up? I should have said hello.

Monkeyboy said...

Actually I've been buying bricks and some mortar to make a fire place recess smaller. Then I'm fitting a genuine Art Nouveau fireplace in the hole. Grand designs has nothing on me.

Rather be supping coffee and watching the world go by though.

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