Vote for the Best Newcomer 2011 [UPDATED]

Which local business will join The Orchard and El's Kitchen in Brockley Central's pantheon of great local newcomers? It's time for you to vote for the Best Local Newcomer 2011.

This is the strongest and most eclectic field we've ever had to choose from, a sign of the confidence and creativity that the area now cultivates. UPDATE: So strong is the list that we forgot Mo Pho. As a result, we have added them and restarted the vote (which had reached 30). Sorry everyone, but it's a glaring oversight.

Pat-a-cakes

The Crofton Park cake-maker has had sweet-toothed locals purring ever since it opened in November.

Tea Dance for Little People

A cheerfully eccentric children's play centre and party venue which staged a pumpkin parade through the streets of Brockley.

Shaun's

Operating in the shadow of Tesco on Lewisham Way, grocery shop Shaun's competes by selling stuff that the supermarket giant doesn't.

Brockley's Rock

An excellent fish and chip shop that proves quality doesn't have to be fussy.

Brockley Market

Lewisham College car park is now the centre of Brockley life on Saturday mornings, thanks to a food market that combines quality, range and regular reinvention.

The Old Haberdasher

A pub that once exuded menace under previous management is now transformed in to a handsome gastropub in search of its niche.

Slater & King

The Ladywell art, stationary and vintage shop has transformed a derelict site in the heart of Ladywell.

The Ravensbourne Arms

Customers have taken a while to discover it, but those who have, love it. Live events are helping to spread the word.

Nisa "Haynes Park"

The West Side convenience store owners might be confused about the location of their own shop, but it has brightened up a dark stretch of Mantle Road.

Mo Pho

Swapped Long Time's Asian fusion menu for a specialist Vietnamese one, reinstated dining and hey presto, a fantastic new restaurant.

You can vote in the poll on the right hand side of the page. The winner will be announced on December 27th.

And don't forget to vote for South East London's best pub, restaurant and shop in the South East Central Awards 2011 too.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

what about engedi designs, we forgot about them last time how about making a mention this time?

Anonymous said...

To vote on a mobile/smart phone you have to view the standard web version of this page using the link at the bottom of the page.

Anonymous said...

No mo pho on the list? Easily the best thing that's opened this year!

Anonymous said...

Where's Hills and Parkes and Mo Pho? Two of the best additions of the year.

Looking at the list though shows that there have been a load of good additions this year.

Nicola said...

Ah @#?+!

I can't believe I forgot Mo Pho. Could redo the vote, although 30 votes have already been cast...

Hills & Parkes are in Honor Oak and thus not included.

Mb said...

Mo Pho! That would have been in my top three but there was only ever one choice for me. My Saturday has a new routine since it opened.

Anonymous said...

Re do it. Everyone will vote again. I will. Although Brockley market is going to be the out right winner. For me Brockley's Rock and Ravensbourne 2nd.

Anonymous said...

We should be able to vote twice. Brockley Market has been such a massive boost for the area and should get a special mention but I also would like to vote on a runner up.

Anonymous said...

If The Old Haberdasher's in there, shouldn't The Allotment be in there too??

D said...

Well this year we got El Poco mexican in Catford which is better than anything in Brockley-proper!

Mondee said...

@Nicola, I was just looking at your profile and sorry to be a pedant but you can't have a network with only one mum in it. It needs to be Creative Mums' Network, not Mum's. Or just Creative Mums Network.

Anonymous said...

Yo! A BIG shout out to Mo Pho!!

anONymOUS said...

Is it wrong that the only one of these places I've actually been is Nisa?

It's not like I don't use local shops either. I just tend to stick with the ones near me.

Mondee said...

Errr, YES, anon, it IS wrong. You need to get out more, you're missing out!

Brockley Jon said...

LOL, poor anon!

mb said...

The minority opposition is chipping away at the Brockley Market lead! Who will be the Nick Clegg that ruins the party?

mb said...

Well you'd only kill beautiful people and hit great produce. Enjoy!

Transpontine said...

Finally got round to having my first fish and chips from Brockley Rock tonight, very nice too.

Not in Brockley but if you were to extend it to New Cross you would have to say that London Particular is exceptional.

Mb said...

My post looks a little mental. It was me falling from a daft troll post!!

Brockley market with Mo Pho getting my seconded preference.

Mb said...

.... By the way,iPads are very unforgiving of shoddy typing.

Brockley Nick said...

Yes Transpontine, 2011 has brought us a lot of great places in the the wider area too - Bambuni in Nunhead, The New Cross House and the Allotment in New Cross, Big Red and several others in Deptford, Hills & Parkes in Honor Oak. It is a good time to be a SE Londoner.

However, London Particular opened in 2010.

Anonymous said...

Undoubtedly Mo Pho! mmm just what I look forward to for after work supper, so glad this little restaurant is in my area!

Anonymous said...

Slater & King have 44% - seriously...?

Brockley Nick said...

No, they have 44 votes. That's 11%.

fattyfattybumbum said...

This is just toooo hard... obviously the Brockley market is AMAZING, but I LOVE Brockleys Rock and Slater & King and really like MoPho too..... hmmmmm and to think none of these existed 9 months ago is incredible... Brockley is really improving all the time!

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