Moonbow Jakes - shock news

A couple of years ago, when we started looking for a new place to live, we didn't give Brockley a second thought. We only knew it as "those two roundabouts" on the way to other places. However, in desperation, we went to visit a place on Upper Brockley Road, and discovered a whole new world hidden away. Then, we found Moonbow Jakes and decided that Brockley was more than just some nice houses, it was a place to live.

So, it came as a shock when we started hearing rumours that it was up for sale. Today, however, we received this confirmation from John, the current owner:

Nick, in answer to the rumours of my imminent departure from Moonbow Jakes, I can confirm I am in the final throws of passing on the business to four musicians who, I believe, plan to keep the fundamentals the same while making some minor improvements. As with all sales, there is a possibility that something outside our control may scupper the deal, although this appears unlikely.

Taking that things all go to plan, we are holding a series of events over December including a poetry evening, which kicks off with Brockley resident and one of the UK's most prominent pianist, Julian Jacobson, trying out some new material on Monday evening (3rd December). I would like to thank everyone who have loyally supported Moonbow Jakes in Brockley, New Cross and Catford over the last ten years and invite them to write any comments in a special book in Brockley, on our blog at www.moonbowjakes.co.uk or they can record a message of how Moonbow Jakes has impacted on their life or community by visiting the shop. People wishing to take a photographic record are also asked to share their pictures by posting copies to our site.

Thanks to Brockley Central for your unstinting support and I wish you all well for the future.

John and Moonbow Jakes Coffee Bar x

John added that the new owners plan to preserve the character of the bar, although of course, they're bound to want to stamp their ideas on the place in some ways. He also said that they've enjoyed a record year this year and that it had always been his plan to move on at some point - so it's reassuring to hear that Brockley is capable of sustaining places like Moonbows - his account certainly tallies with the fact that it seems to be full whatever time of night or day we pass.

John will be a loss to the area and, before he goes, we hope to persuade him to share his unique perspective on Brockley.

16 comments:

Hugh said...

Is he also moving to Ealing?

Brockley Nick said...

Hugh, didn't you read the article? Moonbow is doing very well, why would he need to move to Ealing?

Hugh said...

More interestingly, why is he selling?

Monkeyboy said...

I heard it's going to be a betting shop.....

Anonymous said...

I'd like to say a huge thank you to John. Not only was he the first to take a risk and open a great cafe in Brockley, he has supported and promoted many artists and musicians. When I came up with the idea of a yearly arts festival, John embraced the idea, and the Brockley Max was born. The first year it was 12 events and most of them were at Moonbows. Since then his support and enthusiasm has helped the festival to grow and become the success it has. I for one, will miss his inimitable presence in Brockley.
Moira

Hugh said...

Why is it people do things to support artists and musicians but not those of us trodden down in the cathedrals of capitalism in EC2?

Monkeyboy said...

Perhaps we could organise a benefit concert for all the lawyers? £300 a ticket and all the swan you can eat.

Anonymous said...

Probably because you are too busy sneering at those who do.

Monkeyboy said...

Sense of humour failure going on..... again

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

It is kind of true. Even though i am supposed to be 'white collar' my 35 hr contract week, is more like 50-60 hrs a week and there is nothing i can do about it. I come home stressed out, get stressed out all day on sunday (in preperation for monday) and my quality of life is certaintly lower than alot of peoples.

The worst thing is that despite the legal postion being flaunted by big companies, it is extremely hard to prove it.

Anonymous said...

Apparenty a new whole food store and pharmacy is opening in Harefield Road - does anyone know anything about it?

Ed said...

The nice lady in Degustation mentioned there was a whole foods shop openeing soon.

Ed

Brockley Jon said...

I don't know any more than what was written on the flyer they were giving out. It'll be called The Shop on The Hill, and it's half way up Harefield Road - I'd never noticed a shop space up that way so I'll be interested to see the premises. I'm sure Nick knows a little more and probably has a post in the pipeline...

Also, some pretty amateur Xmas market photos coming soon. If anyone has any good ones, let us know.

Anonymous said...

Shop on the Hill is apparently going into the unit next to Ecosium.

Brockley Jon said...

Oh, right. That would make sense, but if that is the case, it's not particularly hilly there, and the map on their flyer needs some work!

Anonymous said...

There's photos of the Xmas market on www.brockley.com/bcag, then click on photos on left.

I think Nicky is going to be selling vegetarian and vegan products at the new shop.
Moira

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