Vote now for the Newcomer of the Year 2012

So many new businesses have opened in the area this year, that we hesitate to launch this vote - even at such at late stage in December, there's still time for one or two late arrivals.

However, the time has come for BC readers to vote for the high street business that has been the best new addition to the area and their lives this year. The winner will join Brockley Market (2011 winner), El's Kitchen (2010) and The Orchard (2009) in the Hall of Justice.

This year's candidates are:
The list excludes the multitude of pop-ups that have opened this year and the newcomers in nearby areas like  Honor Oak, Deptford or New Cross.

Please vote using the poll on the right-hand side. The winner will be announced on December 27th.

25 comments:

Egon Ronay said...

Not as clear cut this year. Pistachios, the Gantry, Arloe & Moe are all ones I've tried and liked them all. The Gantry edges it for me.

Anonymous said...

Restaurants and bars are nice (and the Gantry is excellent) but Gently Elephant gets my vote despite me not having kids. The shop is beautifully designed and makes an excellent addition to the high street (esp. vis-a-vis what was there before). Shops like this contribute to the feel of a proper high street and help families feel safe in the area, which can only be good for all residents (honest and otherwise).

Anonymous said...

A vote for Villa Toscana (including Alby's) from me.

Seems to be a few new businesses missing Nick, is this new new Politburo list for 2013?

Anonymous said...

The Gantry gets my vote.

Anonymous said...

Bird of Paradise for me. New restaurant that is really trying hard and is always an enjoyable experience. The Gantry hits two of those, but I've yet to have a genuinely enjoyable experience there.

Brockley Nick said...

@Anon1559 - what businesses do you think are missing?

Anonymous said...

The new chicken restaurants in Ladywell

Brockley Nick said...

I don't know them. Don't know what they are called. Hey ho.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an idea for your next review!

brockley nick trolling society said...

brockley nick in a chicken shop? you are more likely to get a caviar linguini in the barge than catch nick in such an establishment

Now Then said...

Well at least you're now being honest in calling them chicken shops, rather than restaurants.

Anonymous said...

My vote is The London Print Shop on Mantle Road.

Brockley Nick said...

The print shop opened in 2011

Anonymous said...

That new clothing shop opened, the white room, it makes crofton park look quite chic.
The gantry is pretty but I did not like the unbuggy friendly stairs or even the food very much. I much prefer the food at the orchard and the prices are more friendly too. I love the fact that Brockley is on the up. My vote go to the bird or paradise because they are 'real'. I am going to over generalise here, they dont appear to have a silver spoon in their gob or be married to bankers to afford a shop front like many of these newbies.

Brockley Nick said...

"I am going to over generalise here"

Yes, yes you are. Or rather, inaccurately generalise. Still, I agree that Bird of Paradise is great news for the area.

Anonymous said...

I had dinner with some friends in bird of paradise and it was really delicious and good portions too - the couple that run it are really nice as well

Anonymous said...

@anon 11.42

Yes perish the thought that somewhere isn't designed around your need to take your buggy to. It must have been awful. Surely they can install a lift or something to make it easier for you.

Anonymous said...

The fact that the Gantry has restricted access making it difficult for large buggies is vote in its favour.

Pistachios is very buggie friendly and has a very nice location. But it is not really a foodie place.

It is so nice that we have so many places to appeal to their different tastes of the customers.


NAT said...

More of a twitter perhaps, but in the unlikely event of anyone still being at a loose end, the unfortunately named Lost Chords are playing the Talbot as of now. Sophie Wilsons voice alone is worth the entrance fee....nil by the way.

NAT said...

Oooooops sorry, wrong thread, I will buggy off.

AliAliAfro said...

Strong field - I'm going for Arloe and Moe as I am shamelessly Crofton Park biased.

Honourable mention for Gantry as they sorted out what needed sorting (the management) whilst tweaking (for the better) an already nice venue.

Needs better beer selection but I suspect they are keeping it simple to encourage diners over drinkers...

joc said...

joc

friendly staff with a fabulous selection in a beautifully designed shop.

Molewife said...

It's a tough call this year but my vote is for Gently Elephant, it's a brilliant shop - looks lovely as part of the streetscape, really friendly and helpful service and a very well chosen and unusual selection of shoes, toys and bits and bobs for children. It is also half owned by my next-door-but-one neighbour (who, incidentally, is NOT married to a banker - how enormously sexist and patronising to suggest that a women couldn't open a shop with her own capital @anon 22/12/12 11.42) so is a true Brockley business.

They have recently been added to the Time Out Guide to the Best Shops in London 2013 alongside places like Hamleys, so they must be doing something right!

Anonymous said...

Molewife, what's sexist about suggesting that someone's married to a banker? Unless you feel women aren't capable of working in a bank, or that gays can't marry. Which makes you a sexist or a homophobe.

Anonymous said...

I knew somwone who married a banker, neither gay or female, and they're still together from what I hear. That kind of proves the point wouldn't you say.
Also know a civil partnership arrangement between two tree surgeons which didn't stay the course. You can see the point I'm sure. Arlo and Moes for me though.

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