Brockley eclipses Blackheath in Time Out awards

Duke: He's worried! You cut him! You hurt him! You see? You see? He's not a machine, he's a man!
- Rocky IV

For the last few weeks, Time Out has been asking people to vote for their favourite local venues in neighbourhoods across London. The results are now out and despite being randomly bundled together with the big dogs of Blackheath, Brockley has scooped four out of the five awards in its category - a measure of how far the area has come in a few years.

The Orchard wins best restaurant, Arlo & Moe best cafe, Jam Circus best bar and Brockley Market best local thing. We only missed out on best shop category, thanks to a strong performance by Bookshop on the Heath, which will only compound the frustration felt by Brockley Central bibliophiles, who are almost as desperate for a local bookshop as Brockley Central gym bunnies are for somewhere to bench press.

Congratulations too to the Deptford, New Cross and Lewisham winners.

18 comments:

Anon said...

I guess voting was more split in Blackheath with so many nice shops from which to choose. Not that I've got anything against the lovely shops in Brockley.

local n vocal said...

Blackheath is, and has been for at least 10-15 years, a terrible night out on the weekend. It caters as a cheaper and closer alternative to Central London for the very committed 'souf east lahdan gaaaaaangsters' to strutt their stuff.
Suprising that the restaurants got snubbed though.

Brockley Nick said...

That is a spot-on description. Not sure it's the fault of the businesses - Hampstead has the same problem.

Anon said...

Strange groupings they chose. Deptford & New Cross (not to mention Brockley & Blackheath) are all surely big enough centres to deserve their own categories, yet Herne Hill and West Norwood get their own.


And Lewisham should be mildly embarrassed that only one out of its four best places is really in Lewisham.

anon said...

What's the deal with that? There's such a different crowd there on a Saturday night to the other 6 days a week

Brockley Nick said...

Blackheath is an aspirational destination on a train line that runs out into Kent. So people from Kent who want a posh night out in London without the hassle of the West End or having to trouble themselves with hipsters can head to Blackheath. So on a Saturday night, Gillingham man puts on his best Ted Baker shirt and heads out for a night at O'Neills before catching the last train home.

Mark said...

Strange area groupings - Blackheath and Brockley for instance are not even next to each other!

Damian said...

Spot on! We lived there and was such a shame, we just avoided it on a Saturday. Some absolute muppets there. Yet great pubs Mon-Fri. I think the Hare and Billet mostly avoids that crowd mind

Anon said...

Makes sense.


I guess it's similar to Shoreditch a few years ago - 6 days of being populated by fey hipsters during the week and then on Saturday would be overrun by 'roided up Essex lads shuttling in from Liverpool Street

Anon said...

Brockley has aspirations to be Blackheath one day?

Brockley Jon said...

That still happens! :l

Matt-Z said...

See also New Cross Venue, every weekend since about 1997.

big jim slade said...

Agree entirely. Blackheath is a hole for going out now. Rented there in about 01/02 and was good and good natured. Towards the end of that period it started getting overrun by shirts starting trouble. It's a beautiful place but now over-gentrified whilst (curiously) at the same time over-chavified. It's a bit like Dazzlehurst

sharky said...

What shops at Blackheath would you consider to be stand-out? I just think of estate agents, couple of posh furniture/kitchen shops and average restaurants like zero degrees (the name fits the staff). I guess at least it isn't stacked with bookies

Brockley Nick said...

Black Vanilla is lovely - though it's just as much cafe as shop. That place that just sells home-made ready meals is genius. Hortus is nice, but pricey. The toy shop is quite sweet. The sports equipment shop is quite handy if you need a football for the heath.

Mezzer said...

Not a shop, but Taste of Raj in Blackheath is my favorite local Indian restaurant.

Andrew said...

Funnily enough my favourite shop up there is the unassuming, unsexy hardware store. Harder to find in central London these days so worth their weight in gold when you need something DIY-related in a hurry

anon said...

An article in today's Evening Standard is claiming Hither Green is the new Blackheath!

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