Yes, I was referring to the Lazy Chef and I agree it is the best cafe in the area but that’s not difficult when the bar is set so low with all the others. Fine, I may have been a bit harsh calling it a greasy spoon, the rest (excluding the teapot also) I believe are greasy spoons, but it is still a cafe serving all-day breakfasts. I’m sure the guys who own it are great and it was not a dig at them. It’s a suggestion on how to improve the area and make it look better for now and in the future. And yes, I have eaten there. It was ok.
I was also referring to the building it is housed in. Wouldn’t we be better off knocking down that entire block (it ain’t pretty) and building something nice, new and modern while we potentially have the opportunity (or at least voice our opinions/requests for such things to the council)? Again, the building bar Parlez in Brockley is housed in is a great example, together with apartments on top. The sale of the apartments would pay for the new shop/restaurant/bar units underneath. Rebuilding that entire block and tidying up St David’s Road across the road, and filling it with bar/eateries could make that whole area a nice hub to visit on the way home from work and at the weekend. It could be so much better.
I missed mentioning the estate agents. There is certainly an excess of them. Of course, we need a number of them, but it’s not really a ‘shop’ we need to use every day/week. Having shop units we can use on a daily/weekly basis would be far more useful I feel.