Brockley Central Drinks II - The Quickening

As we walked through the door of Jam Circus last night, it was immediately obvious that we had not thought it through. The place was pretty packed with people, none of whom looked like they needed company and none who were obviously a 'Headhunter' or a "Tyrwhitt Michael".

Fortunately, Brockley Jon is more resourceful and had come armed with a hand-written sign (one day, Google advertising will scrape together enough money to buy a proper one - until then, we use biro) and an I 'Heart' Brockley badge. We positioned ourself in full view of the door and waited.

Unlike last time though, we didn't have to wait long. Richard Elliot was immediately recognisable, thanks to his blog and it turned out that 'b.' and his girlfriend had arrived ahead of us. Two became five and we had achieved critical mass - enough for people to start sidling up to us, to ask if we were the Brockley Central group. In total, we reckon about 30-40 people turned up, including nearly everyone from the first night. So many, in fact, that we didn't have a chance to say hello to them all, but their evening appeared none the poorer for that.

We'll leave it to others who were there to describe the evening further, but we'll say three quick things:

1. Jam Circus was great and its popularity (even without the addition of the BC crowd) surely proves the demand for at least one more place to drink on Brockley Road.

2. Everyone seemed to be talking to everyone else without the evening descending in to a bitter discussion about class warfare or 'political correctness gone mad'.

3. Thank you for everyone who came, it was really lovely that so many turned up. There will definitely be a Brockley Central Drinks III.

29 comments:

Headhunter said...

Well it was good to meet some of you! Finished most of a bottle of red by myself - pretty heavy going for me on a school night.... Nice to talk to b. and girlfriend, Graeme, Nick, Jon and I even saw Pete and Tom from a distance but didn't get the chance to compare bike notes...

Pete said...

If you're interested you can see my bike here
http://preview.tinyurl.com/39bdfe

It was nice to meet Tom and Dean and to see Sue again. I was amazed how many people were there and it took me quite a long time to pluck up the courage to ask the barmaid which group was which.

brockley sarah said...

Once again a very successful BC night. Thank you Jon and Nick! It was great to meet a lot more Brockley people. I think there may be demand for another BC night soon - can't wait!

Kate said...

A great evening, really enjoyed it and fab to meet some more people who live locally. Now I'm a bit worried I'll accidentally blank someone on the train station platform in the morning ... !

Anonymous said...

Sorry I missed it, I'll definitely come along to the next one!

Ratbag

Headhunter said...

What a pretty bike! I'll have to take some photos of mine sometime, however as it's a new, off the shelf Focus Cayo Triple 2007, there's nothing particularly special to show... So what was agreed about this bike ride? Perhaps we should take this to the cycling page....

Tom said...

HH - sorry not to have intro'd myself, next time ... I was pleasantly stuck in conversation on the other side of the crowd. Great to meet you also Pete, and Dean, Susan, Kate, Nick, Jon and (the extremely busy) Anonymous!

Thumbs up to Jam Circus as well.

Richard Elliot said...

Jon & Nick - thanks for organising last night. It was great to finally put faces to some of the names.

I completely agree that Jam Circus was a great venue. Venues will be clamoring to host the next one!

Kate said...

I spent the whole evening looking for something to criticise Jam Circus for (as per Richard's request for feedback!) but couldn't find anything. And I'm pretty picky. It's a great place. So that's a wholehearted thumbs up and 10/10 from me!

Graeme said...

Great evening and thanks for organising it Nick and Jon. Didn't get to introduce myself to or meet as many as I hoped though, due to me ending up (probably) boring the pants off 'HHunter'.

If JC could do brown beer on tap it would be an even better venue in my opinion. Could envisage some proper 'sessions' if that were the case.

Headhunter said...

No no, Graeme! Nice to meet you! Good luck with the motorcycle courier thing (if that's what you end up doing...)

b. said...

nice one boys, well organised. and well done everyone else for turning out and getting properly involved - much better turnout that me and Les were expecting - cheers to everyone for the good night.

hows the hangover this morning HH? As predicted i never made it to gym... will have to go this evening to not feel completely useless.

brockley sarah said...

You forgot me, Tom!! ;0)
Nice to meet a fellow UBR resident.
Don't forget the Wykham quiz, on April 1st no less - Not to be missed!

Tom said...

argh! I thought I had remembered everyone, and then I forgot the easiest person to remember ... Not meant personally, always a pleasure to meet a fellow UBR'er, and in fact I met three last night!

Keep us informed of the quiz night!

Headhunter said...

Yes, felt a bit rough this morning, but not too bad considering. I suppose I'd eaten a large-ish evening meal before heading to JC, which must've provided a bit of "cushioning" for the wine! Managed to palm a couple of glasses off on Graeme too.

Richard said...

I'm pleased to hear that everybody had a good night, my thoughts are with those with sore heads.

Once again sorry for not being there, maybe I'll be able to get down for a BC drink in another venue.

Kate, even the pickiest of people can have their critical eyes clouded by alcohol, I'm sure I can find plenty to improve on! But I am extremely pleased to hear nice things being said about the pub, it really makes you proud of yourself and your staff to read such comments.

mg said...

It was indeed lovely to meet you all, roll on the next one! Thanks Jon and Nick for organising.

patrick1971 said...

Wish I could have come but was stuck in Bristol for work. Next time...

Tamsin said...

Despite my daughter's dark warnings about assignations with people met over the internet it was good to venture over the Brockley side of the track and see you - and put some faces to names...

Looking forward to the next one already and well done for organising it.

Cllr Dean Walton said...

Thoroughly enjoyed BC II.

Up for BC III.

tyrwhitt michael said...

Thanks to Nick and Jon for arranging the evening. Sorry I could only stay for one drink.

Hope to see you all at the next one, where I hope I can stay longer and I don't have to pay £3.20 for a pint of bitter (thinly veiled criticism I'm afraid Richard).

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

£3.20, for a whole pint??? What a bargain!... not.

Richard said...

In fact I think it was probably £3.30 if it is Bombardier you refer to. Apologies if it seems a bit steep, but bottled ale is incredibly expensive - if we sold nothing but our 2 bottled ales at their current profit margin we would be out of business!

I can make no promises at the moment, but I will be looking into the possibility of adding one draught ale over the coming months. If this happens it will take time as we would need an installation on the bar, new pipes running to the cellar, etc.

Let's see

Graeme said...

Mmm. Draught ale. Can we have a vote on which one please!

Richard said...

I actually did consider a BC vote if I were to get a draught ale in, but we all saw what happened when Sian didn't make the decision called for by BC voters!

If in the future I do get to the stage when I can choose an ale to sell I'll definitely think about having a poll on here if Nick will let me.

In the meantime feel free to list your favoured beers!

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

Amstel Gold.. mmmm.....

ElijahBailey said...

Whatever you do, take Pride.

Brockley Jim said...

good to see so many fellow Brockleyans (is that our collective name ?) in one place. Was especially pleased to finally put a face to the name of the original pioneer Brockley Nick! I have to say Nick I was quite surprised how youthful looking (maybe you are young!) you were. I had in my mind someone at least in their mid 40s and far less trendy. Anyway I'm showing my own age now so I'll leave it there but roll on BC 3!!

JOE BROCKERS said...

A BC gathering on the night of the Lunar Eclipse..?

What a fitting first birthday.

As the moon is swallowed up in the earth's shadow, Brocklets will arrive in their droves, never revealing their online identities, and then depart - without words - into the moonless night. Spooky!!! I feel a cult coming on.

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