Vote for the best local newcomer 2016

Voting for the Best Newcomer 2016 Award is now open. Previous winners have included Masala Wala, The Brockley Deli, Brockley Market and Gently Elephant, so 2016 has a lot to live up to.

Despite much of this year's local newcomer action falling just outside the catchment area, in PLACE Ladywell, The Deptford Project, Brockley Rise and New Cross high street, the field is as big as last year's record crop, with 15 new shops, bars, restaurants, cafes and pubs vying for your votes.

Please head over to the right-hand side of the page (if you're viewing the mobile version of this site, you'll need to switch to standard view) to cast your vote for the best new local high street business of the year.

To qualify for the vote, only businesses in Brockley, St John's and Ladywell Village are counted and businesses need to have changed hands and reinvented themselves to be considered "newcomers".

This is the biggest-ever year for boozers, with an unprecedented three pubs competing with one bar and two specialist beer shops for the title.

Here are your choices:

Brickfields - hip Midtown bar
The Brockley Grill - Jerk specialist in Brockley Cross
The Brookmill - gastro pub on the St John's border
Cat Food Bakery - Ewhurst Road baker-on-demand
Co-Op - Midtown supermarket
The Copper Tea - Lewisham Way cafe
The Fat Walrus - Lewisham Way pub reimagining
Fred's - Crofton Park cafe
House of Hair - new-look Mantle Road salon
The Lewisham Grill House - Lewisham Way Lebanese
Puccini Kitchens - Crofton Park showroom
The Royal Standard - hostel takeover on Tanners Hill
Sainsbury's - The Brockley Road branch
Salthouse Bottles - East side bottle shop
Waterintobeer - West side home-brew specialist

Please cast your votes now - voting will close on January 1st.