You can always spot someone from Havering Park: They might be fat, but they have a great haircut. This was the conclusion of a customer of my barber.
The tongue-in-cheek remark had some merit. Once we had a fishmonger, 2 butchers, 3 hardware shops, more grocers you could shake a stick at, 2 greengrocers, chemists, a camera shop, library, jeweller, a plethora of banks and building societies, and even a pet shop.
Now, all we have is a dozen or more hairdressers and takeaways in every available shop unit.
Now thanks to Mercure Hotels we have the definitive list of takeaway names. Obviously, the mega-chains have been excluded: McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King. While some smaller outlets have been creative in finding a punning name: The Codfather, Fishcotheque, Wok-you-like or Nincomsoup, which have not made the list.
The top 10 are rather blander:
1 Charcoal Grill (yes we have one of those)
2 Morley’s (South London based)
3 Best Kebab (yes we also have one of those)
4 Perfect Fried Chicken (another one on our High Street)
6 Favourite Chicken and Ribs
7 Tops Pizza
8 Chicken Express
9 The Grill
10 Sam’s Chicken (North London based)