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.


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.


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.