The good people of Penge have spoken once more.
We asked our Facebook and Twitter followers to vote for their favourite SE20 shop, cafe, restaurant, pub and takeaway. And hundreds did just that.
So once again, we’re very proud to announce their Picks of Penge.
Drum roll please…
Best restaurant: Friends of Flavours
They’ve already won plenty of local awards including Timeout’s best restaurant in Crystal Palace (er, yes, it confused us too) so it was inevitable that this always busy Italian would be a contender for our award. Buon appetito!
Highly commended: Sicilian Art Pizzeria, Chez Yves, Serbet
Best shop: SE20 Cycles
Winnie at SE20 Cycles is a hugely popular member of our community; not just because he runs a great cycle shop in an area that’s bike mad but also because he is so incredibly friendly and helpful.
Highly commended: Penge Food Assembly, Bonny’s Beauty
Best café: Alexandra Nurseries
It is the third year running that Parish Lane’s delightful haven for plants, vintage nick nacks, homemade cakes and yummy coffee has won this award, so I think we can safely say they’re doing something right!
Highly commended: Blue Belle Cafe
Best pub: the Alexandra
The Alex, on the edge of the Alexandra Cottages conservation area, was a shutdown derelict eyesore for years until Jozef took a gamble and re- opened it six months ago as a brilliant go-to place to sample craft beers, delicious meals and tasty cocktails.
Highly commended: the Goldsmiths
Best takeaway: Himalayan Kitchen
Just a few yards from the Alex pub and the Nurseries cafe, you’ll find South London’s finest Nepalese nosh served up by the loveliest of families.
And finally… In recognition of his incredible work organising the Penge Festival, funding for the Lennard Road victims memorial bench and the forthcoming plaques for the Penge Heritage Trail, the Penge Tourist Board have awarded a special community award to Christopher O’Shaughnessy. Thanks Chris for your total commitment to Penge.