What to do in Forest Hill and Honor Oak...
Forest Hill’s once rundown town centre is really starting to flourish again with the establishment of new cafes, delis, boutiques and galleries as well as a conveniently located supermarket. Funky haberdashery, Stag and Bow, offers handmade crafts, furniture and jewellery, while Montage, a vintage-inspired shop, serves up cups of tea while you browse the gallery and listen to Forties jazz. Nathan and Ruth of The Butchery on London Road are set to feature in the new Raymond Blanc series; their meat shop focuses on providing, tasty, native-breed, free-range meat sourced from small farmers .
Similarly Honor Oak Park, fondly known as HOP to residents has seen a series of improvements to the local main retail street, Honor Oak Park. A Sainsbury's local has just opened, co-coinciding with a complete refit for popular Try Tapas, now known as Donde, and looking a whole lot better for the refurbishment. Babur improved a few years back now looking more like a central London restuarant with great food to match and local Sardian restuarant Le Querce is as popular as ever. HOP now even has its own award winning deli in Hills and Parke who supply lots of lovely local produce.
Forest Hill is also a real treat for foodies – with restaurants and gastro-pubs serving up cuisine such as Chinese, Indian, Italian, Nepalese, Spanish and Thai. Once a month, there’s a food fair held outside Forest Hill Station. Try The Ghurkha’s Flavour, a popular Indian and Nepalese restaurant, for rare speciality dishes made with authentically sourced Nepalese spices.
Nightlife in Forest Hill is good with a mix of trendy bars and traditional pubs. The Hob Pub is famous for its stand-up comedy nights with the likes of local-boy Micky Flanagan performing. For something a bit different try the Sylvan Post, a converted former Sixties Post Office complete with upcycled Royal Mail furniture, décor, and souvenirs. They have an excellent selection of wine, kegs and five hand-pull pumps to choose from. And as with so many of the bars and restaurants in Forest Hill, it’s kids and dogs friendly.