What does SE23 need now? [2018 edition]


#1

Continuing the discussion from What else do Forest Hill and Honor Oak need?:

Its been a while since this topic was visited. But last week on a day trip to Lewes I saw this. I want this. Please.

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www.cookfood.net

An entire shop dedicated to this delicious preprepared food.


What else do Forest Hill and Honor Oak need? [2017]
#2

They sell these in Budgens in Crofton Park


#3

They’ve also got a chest of these in Urban Express in London Bridge. But I need a whole shop. Right by my exit at Forest Hill station.


#4

There’s one not too far away in West Dulwich


#5

Bakery?


#6

As we’ve now got an outstanding craft beer shop with @ClaptonCraft it would be wonderful to have a similar specialist wine store.

Online wine clubs are great but I enjoy discussing good wine pairings with a knowledgeable staff.


#7

Slightly out of our area, there is Bob’s Wines in Sydenham, by the station.


#8

A proper supermarket. The Sainsbury’s in HOP is tiny with no room to walk about and always badly stocked. Sainsbury’s in FH is great but a bit far to walk to if, like me, you don’t drive. Something in the Brockley Rise area would be great.


#9

A REAL gym. Something that has space and a pool/steam/sauna, with top quality classes taught by highly qualified instructors who are paid well. Something a cut above the budget gyms, Energie and Pure.


#10

New management for the Provender :flushed:


#11

Bakery, Turkish style grocery store and a TKMaxx ? Or a small Waitrose with fresh bread, fish and meat counters. A couple more small restaurants offering different lunch and dinners options ( Italian, bistro style French and japanese. Ideally located on Dartmouth Road, London Road and in the shopping parade on Perry Vale. I would not object to a few chain restaurants at this point of our town centre development.


#12

There is one of those (COOK) in Blackheath, a few minutes from the station, but of course I know that’s totally out of the area, just saying…:sweat_smile:


#13

Agree Provender has unfulfilled potential.

My vote would be for a bakery on Honor Oak Park (either conversion of Provender or a different site entirely).


#14

Agree A Virgin gym would be amazing…the nearest is in Norwood sadly…too far for me to get to around work.
We REALLY REALLY need a good whole foods or planet organic style shop.
with good ready meals, bakery,organic fruit and veg and decent deli and dairy items.
also with a small area for suppliments.
We already have a superb butcher but I feel the above is sorely needed


#15

Agree we need another gym. The Honor Oak/Crofton Park/Brockley area is perfect untapped catchment area for a gym.

Energie Fitness is pure rubbish and expensive at that. Fitness4Less in Catford is very good but too far for me to regularly walk to.


#16

Turkish grocery store like the one in Forest Hill Road would be great.


#17

@HOPcrossbun I totally agree with this although the irony in that a gym is too much of a walk to get to is certainly not lost.


#18

Absolutely! Re: Energie - even after its refurb it’s so disappointing


#19

Hi @Emak5, why is it so disappointing? I’m a new member but haven’t actually made it in yet…I know they had teething problems but it sounds like there are still some issues? Many thanks.


#20

It would be great to have an Aldi or Lidl a little closer (but I’m being picky as there’s one of each in Catford / Sydenham respectively).

Re gyms I’m a somewhat reluctant member of Forest Hill Pools - a wonderful facility with so much potential but not a pleasant experience because it is Council / Fusion run. I’d quite happily pay more a month for a nicer experience but there’s no decent options in this area.

In the context of things it would be nice to have it’s worth noting some great new initiatives recently - special mention to The Signal, went to a film screening there last week and it was brilliant (Jaws on a big screen with excellent burger, chips and popcorn all for £10!) and I see they’ve just launched an open mic night so thanks to management there for some great new ideas which hopefully people will support.