Recommended places update

It's been a while since we updated our list of recommended places. So here's who's out and who's in:


OUT

Long Time Cafe - closed and replaced with Mo Pho
Tea Leaf Arts - community gallery ran out of time in the Tea Factory
Masons - bar / restaurant very recently closed
Deptford Deli - one too many floods forced them out

IN

Brockley's Rock - posh fish and chips already a massive hit
Mo Pho - Vietnamese focus for Long Time's replacement, winning rave reviews
Tea Dance for Little People - children's cafe, play centre and party venue
Bohemia Hair - hair and beauty salon
Clarkey's - smoothies, juices and sandwiches, handy for the station
WH Wellbeloved - the butcher was a glaring omission from the list, an established favourite
En Gedi Designs - vintage fashions and gifts in Ladywell
Brockley Bikes - bike repairs and maintenance shifted gear to focus on local custom

We're considering upgrading and enlarging the list to include highlights in Honor Oak, New Cross, Nunhead and Deptford. Bit of a slog, so please let us know if you think it would be useful.

61 comments:

Anonymous said...

STILL no Top Chef Cafe?
STILL no Dominic's?

What is wrong?

b. said...

agree with Top Chef, great bacon sandwiches.

In saying that - Zeki's is bloody amazing for bacon sandwiches.. seriously - amazing.

Dominics is horrible.. although the lads up stairs seem to love it...

Brockley Lebensraum said...

I think expanding the catchment would be very useful seeing as those areas are easily accessed from Brockley and worthy venues/shops would be of interest to new or existing residents

Sorry Nick, but maybe its time for a bit of a 'slog' to the station to make the lengthy 3 minute journeys each way...

(Why not end with a BC bar crawl to review New Cross pubs?)

Brockley Nick said...

The "slog" bit is the writing, linking, getting phone numbers bit - not the actual eating / drinking bit, which I'm happy with :)

It's about time to organise another BC drinks. It's been too long.

TM said...

Not sure the Shop on the Hill should still be in there ;0p

b. said...

yip. drinks are required. NX pub crawl - me / @BrockleyJon were talking about it.. cmon Nick, make it happen.

Anonymous said...

Could you cover Catford/Hither Green too please.

Anonymous said...

Would love a Brockley Central drinks! Not sure I'm totally down with a pub crawl, but something a little more chilled would be awesome - it would be lovely to put some faces to usenames.

The Orchard, perhaps?

Pete said...

I think the drinks should be in the Ravensbourne to give them some encouragement.

For bike repairs I think you should include Vaidas in your list.

I Broccoli Brockley said...

I think drinks at the Ravensbourne are a wonderful idea. I just hope this doesn't spawn another debate on the merits of pubs with music... ;)

fong said...

Do Meze Mangal and The London Particular count as Brockley? They both deserve a place IMO

Brockley Nick said...

Meze Mangal will get a recommendation when they get rid of their sea container.

The Particular's stretching the definition of Brockley, even for me.

mk said...

Does the sea container belong to Meze? How did it get there? And what lies inside?

I vote to keep it. It is one of the area's few true landmarks.

mk said...

Also, enquiring minds need to know: which is better - Fishy Business or Brockley's Rock?

I want to try the latter, but fear I won't get the same bucketload of chips that I usually receive when I ask for a "small" portion at FB.

TM said...

Particular is closer to Brockley Station than Wellbeloved I would venture....

Or a meringue?

THNick said...

Re meze mangal's container, that's a admirable stance, Nick, but you could be holding out for a while. I dont think there's been any noticeable progress there since I moved here 4 years ago.

Brockley Nick said...

@THNick I accept the limitations of BC's influence ;)

@TM Brockley is long and thin and includes some (if not all?) of Tanners Hill.

Poca75 said...

The London Particular is New Cross and the WH is Deptford. The Meze Mangal is the best restaurant in the Brockley/NX/Deptford area!!? Irrelevant of what's outside..Cheers for the list

Brockley Nick said...

It's not irrelevant if they ruin the look of one of our main streets.

kolp said...

"ruin" is a bit ott, the big yellow storage company are on their way and their 'container' will have an visual impact on Lewisham Way, it'sall

kolp said...

continued...part of the crazy patchwork of London's streets.

Brockley Nick said...

Fine - if you think the two things are directly comparable, then you can leave Big Yellow off your list of recommended places.

local yokel said...

The Meze Mangal always looks fairly busy to me, isn't the container outside the shop next door that is being renovated?

Shouldn't this be about the food and service that you receive?

kolp said...

It's just a container think of it as a van outside a house... oh wait, you don't like those either!..hahaha

Brockley Nick said...

It's a huge rusting metal hulk that many local people complain about. It has been there for years because they haven't sorted out proper storage for their wood.

Polpo said...

Kaya House! The food is consistently brilliant even though Ambrose and Linda have left and only just round the corner from Wellbeloved so should surely be included. The crispy squid is wonderful and you no longer need to walk through the kitched to get to the toilet!

Anonymous said...

So Nick, why no Top Chef?

Running Nutter said...

they keep the wood for the bakery oven in the steel container. I think the food at MM is OK, no better

Brockley Nick said...

@Anon

Because a) I can't recommend it personally and b) no-one's mentioned it before today, as far as I recall and c) no-one has yet explained why it is worth a recommendation.

Tell me why it merits a place and I will probably add it, especially as it has b.'s good word.

Brockley Nick said...

@Polpo, thanks. If I expand the list I'll definitely keep that in mind.

I Broccoli Brockley said...

Is the Amersham Arms not on the list because it is New Cross rather than Brockley (which would make sense to me)? I only ask because the Royal Albert is on the list and that's on the same road.

Anonymous said...

Ayres & Sopers in Nunhead are two well known reputable SE establishments, both family run I think

Lady Well Enough said...

I can second Kaya house. The first place I went in 2002 when I moved to the area.
The food is delicious and the atmosphere is good, it's a small place so best to book.
And it's cheaper than MM, so I keep going back.
Went there when my baby was due and had the spiciest thing on the menu - baby came next day!

Anonymous said...

Would be great to see some New Cross places profiled as I've just moved into Telegraph Hill (closer to the NC side than Brockley) so trying to hear as many recommendations as possible! There must be a few hidden gems in the NC/Telegraph Hill area!

b. said...

Top Chef gets my vote for a number of reasons: they're always open when I need them to be, they are very very friendly people who serve you, it's affordable and it's just perfect hangover fair.

In saying that I have only ever had a bacon / sausage sandwich so I cannot vote for anything else.

Also - Zeki's sandwiches are better but it's not always open which means I can't use it as often as I'd like

Anonymous said...

Another vote for Top Chef here. Nick, I can't believe you've lived here so long and not visited! It's literally one of the best things about Brockley.

Brockley Nick said...

Not really into cooked breakfasts + veggie wife + three kids who prevent relaxing Sunday with papers and bacon sandwich = no Top Chef.

Anonymous said...

Nick:

Don't like cooked breakfasts
Kids
Veggie...

what is it about the mung stereotype you feel you don't conform to again? ;-)

Anonymous said...

El's Kitchen?

Brockley Nick said...

Kids! Only fey middle class people have them!

Marrying for love, rather than dietary compatibility!

Not being obsessed with fried eggs!

Yep, you got me banged to rights.

Anonymous said...

I don't get how a grown man who isn't called swampy wouldn't like a cooked breakfast.

Bet constantly coming home to tofu curry's a bit of a bugger too ;-)

Brockley Nick said...

I didn't say I didn't like them, I just don't get the big deal about eggs, sausage and fried bread. I mean, they're all fine, but big whoop.

I also hate grilled tomatoes and black pudding and find most of the mushrooms you get on these occasions to be slimy and tasteless.

So there we are. And I put my ketchup in the fridge, like a girly-man.

Tofu green curry from Smiles is delicious, by the way. Better than the chicken.

Monkeyboy said...

"I didn't say I didn't like them, I just don't get the big deal about eggs, sausage and fried bread. I mean, they're all fine, but big whoop"

!!

I think my bromance with Nick has reached it's natural end. It's been a rollercoaster but basically it's you, not me.

Anonymous said...

Nick only likes dishonest fare :-(

Brockley Ben said...

I'm with Nick on having a veggie OH, ketchup in the fridge and the utter pointlessness of a grilled tomato. But that's where it ends...

There's nothing better, some hungover mornings, than a greasy spoon fry-up. And while crap sausages, salty bacon and (yes) black pudding are exactly what I need on those mornings, hash browns and fried bread seem to work equally well on the other side of the formica table.

Which one is Top Chef? I tend to go to the one down by the double roundabout (opposite Tickle Me) - very friendly, food does exactly what it's supposed to - but I've been to the one by Costcutter too (also fine).

BrockleyCross said...

Stop talking about fried breakfasts you are making me very very hungry.

Anonymous said...

Top Chef - next door to Brockley's Rock.

Brockley Ben said...

@anon. Thanks. Will try to check it out soon.

Anonymous said...

How about we have an unofficial meetup this weekend? Nick's first taste of honest fare :-)

Anonymous said...

A vote for the Honeypot here, best Caribbean food in Brockley, amazing dumpling soup and jerk chicken.

mb said...

@ben, I'm with you. Sometimes a suspiciously straight, cheap fat filled offal tube, white toast from sliced loaf and tea so stewed you could paint a fence with, is just what is required and is preferable to an up-market equivalent. What's that all about? One of life's many mysteries.

THNick said...

Anon looking for Telegraph Hill recommendations - Thai food at Skehans, both butchers, Ayres bread, the fruit and veg shop and Sopers fish in Nunhead, and everything recommended by Hollow Legs:
http://lizzieeatslondon.blogspot.com/

Brockley Ben said...

@THNick: *both* butchers? There are two? If you mean the one toward the Peckham end of that strip in Nunhead it's always looked a bit sorry to me. No stock in the window and only a meagre selection of deli-counter stuff inside. Is there another one?

The big butchers and the fishmongers are great though.

Timmy2wheels said...

I had my hairs cut by Ryan at Bohemian Hair today. I'd be happy if I'd paid the £30-odd I sometimes do at Geddes, so to get it for their introductory price of £16.50 (-25%; normal price is £22) means it's a bargain. Will definitely go back and have already recommended it to a friend.

Happysnip said...

Funnily enough, I also had my hair cut there today, and also recommend! Though as a female it was more expensive than Timmy's, it compares well to most decent places price-wise (especially with the first-time discount), and with a careful, considered cut from someone bothered about what he was doing, and friendly people, it was worth it.

Anonymous said...

And I was truly unhappy with my haircut from Bohemia.
The girl seemed knowledgeable and was easy to talk to, but once home, and my hair was no longer 'styled', I could really see how badly my hair had been cut.
:(

Brockley Kiwi said...

I see the "for sale" sign has gone from TM2. I was in there for brekkie about a week and a half a go and their was a couple walking around with a man who appeared to be an Architect discussing grand plans. Could be a red herring but here's hoping.

Poca75 said...

re… It's not irrelevant if they ruin the look of one of our main streets.

I live on Lewisham Way and it doesn't bother me and it's more important what's inside...food;-0, but what does is the 100's of wheelie bins, rubbish and fly tipping on the road. Way more of a sight sore.
Anyway, Check for Ayers, Sopers, Genaros (better than El's), Bohemia, Mo Pho, and loads more:-)

Brockley Nick said...

Bohemia and Mo Pho are on there. The others will probably be added when we add new areas to the list.

Brockley Ben said...

The second butchers (the one nearer Peckham Rye) in Nunhead is closed I think. Drove past yesterday on my way to the (very excellent) East Dulwich Garden Centre. Gutted. The shop, not me.

Tamsin said...

Came to this thread on a search on Top Chef since that seemed a hottish topic.

At the Anon now not so recently moved into Telegraph Hill... What is so obvious that you must have seen it is the Hill Station, soon to be extended, opening after the Christmas break on 3rd January - open late as a bar on 6th and 7th Jan for the Pantomime in the Centre.

What is not so apparent unless you look for it is the Telegraph pub in Dennetts Road, going north from Arbuthnot Road. Relatively recently had new managers installed as John and Leila were promoted elsewhere and I haven't been there since, but certainly worth a try-out visit as it is one of our locals. The other place worth a visit just to be amazed at the decor is the Montague Arms on the corner of Queens Road and Kender Street.

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