Quite a lot of change in the village at the moment. Yes, even we Radicals notice these things and actually have rather a lot to say on the topic – so look out for further posts over the next few days. But for now, let us break it down (whatever that means, Ed.)
Village fish & chip shop
A welcome return following a short break for refurbishment. We can’t see much sign of refurbishment – except that the window seems to have been replaced having previously had a worryingly large crack running left to right. But – unlike some – we Radicals are very pleased to see it back serving potato based chips and fish based fish with optional sodium chloride and acetic acid. Not an organic olive in sight, thank goodness.
Next door and it’s a a rather different tale. After only a few years in business – having taken over the site previously occupied by the village video/DVD shop (yes, such a thing did once exist) – India Jane is closing down. Purveyor of pricey trinkets and all-round loveliness, this place was never likely to be a natural haunt for your self-respecting Radical, but nonetheless it’s a sad sight to see any business in the village close.
It has to be said that at least part of the antipathy we felt towards ol’ Jane was down to her Christmas lights policy. For some reason, this was the only shop in the village where the lights remaimed off. La di da! That is of course until 2013 when they were all off, but that’s another story.
Though not yet closed – and do take advantage of its 30% off closing down sale if you’re in the market for a lovely vase or two – speculation will no doubt turn to what will replace India Jane. It’s certainly a prime location. What do you think? Cheese shop anyone?
Lastly to this popular Indian restaurant. There’s currently a planning application with Lewisham Council to change this in to a wine bar.
Sounds good to us – the village is well served by Indian eateries and arguably rather less so by decent wine bars. But does anyone know if Le Bouchen is a chain?
Doubtless plenty of non-radicals will complain about ‘yet another’ (sigh) drinking establishment. But the licensing committee has already agreed to a license on the basis that the current place serves booze. So what’s the problem? Feels like a trade up to us – and who knows, it may partly answer the prayers of local olive lovers…
Let us know what you think – this blog is very much open to hearing what people think and indeed, through being at times a tad provocative we hope to generate discussion. So, let’s have a heated debate! Or maybe a nice sit down and pint of mild.