Vote for the Newcomer of the Year 2013

It's a smaller field of contenders for this year's list of new local high street businesses as there are now fewer obvious holes to fill in the Brockley streetscape than there have been in previous years. After a busy start to 2013, the good news in the second half mostly related to the return of long-absent friends like Jam Circus, Meze Mangal and the Ladywell Tavern or the prospect of imminent arrivals like Late Knights and Sodo Pizza.


Nonetheless, we still have a few places to choose from, so please cast your vote on the right hand side of the page, from this list:


Excluded from the list are new local businesses like Patchwork Present and the Brockley Brewery, which add greatly to the life of the area, but which aren't really high street places. Likewise, there have been some great new additions like Little Nan's Bar (Deptford), No 178 New Cross Road and 310 NX Road, which fall outside the eligible area.

Voting closes December 29th.

18 comments:

Monkeyboy said...

by the way, saw people repairing the flat roof over the empty 'Sam's Dry Cleaners' at Brockley Cross, hopefully with a view to letting it out.

Rose Bud said...

I have voted for Sainsbury's as although I wasn't keen on them coming, I have really appreciated how nice, friendly and helpful the staff are.

Ben said...

Sainsbury's got my vote too, friendly staff and a well stocked, clean shop. Although pretty thin pickings this year for Brockley.


Nunhead is looking good as is Ladywell, showing Brockley Cross has a long long way to go to be a half decent mini high street.

Brockley Nick said...

Brockley Cross will not be a half-decent mini high street until the landlords get their act together. Give it a decade... Brockley Road, Coulgate Street, Lewisham Way and Mantle Road are the important places to get right.

LdnSE4 said...

Malaysian Deli with their great value meals gets my vote. Shame they close so early in the evening. Gulen's is awesome as well.


Sainsbury's at Mantle Road is so poorly stocked I don't even know why they bother. Expensive as well. After a week I gave up and reverted to Broca Market/Nisa combo.

localyokel said...

Yes, very friendly helpful staff there

Ben said...

A lot depends on the new developments and tenants..

monkeyboy said...

what is the eligible area?

Monkeyboy said...

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery I understand

Monkeyboy said...

indeed it is, but in this case it's more of a pragmatic strategy. If i use your name the comment is less likely to get deleted, as i've observed that you and nick like to rub each other's rhubarb.

Monkeyboy said...

Righty ho, fill yer boots then.

123 said...

I wonder if Sainsbury's will expand into the the broca market when they leave

Darren said...

I don't get the reasoning for excluding Patchwork. I've not had cause to go there but, from what I can see, they have a high st presence and I could just walk in there for their service if I ever need it. I don't see why they are not included and Bryan and Keegan is.

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, well it's all a grey area, but it's essentially an office, like Green Tea Architects (theoretically, you could walk into Green Tea Architects and ask for them to design you a building, but I wouldn't call it a high street business. Estate Agents are essentially "shops". Their primary function is to display their wares and serve customers.

ella said...

"the property will serve as a drop-in for interested customers and partners and the window display will add a splash of colour to the parade" - Nick

parade - a row of stores

so you have to be on a high street, yes?

or maybe the Patchwork concept is too ambiguous?

JE said...

I don't understand how you can support a shop like Sainsbury's who sells such bad food to eat. It's all processed and tasteless. You should try Broca Food Market or The allotment in New Cross. You are supposed to take care of your body not poisoned it slowly. Think of your children. They only want your money and couldn't care less what you become later.

Monkeyboy said...

Nothing like a nuanced comment on the ethics and practice of food retail.

terrencetrentderby said...

Bought a free range chicken from Sainbury's along with some veg and it tasted delicious.


Even if I do say so myself. Washed it down with a glass Ribena bought from the same shop which was also delicious.


Try getting all that great stuff from Broca or The Allotment.

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