The Brockley Mess - coming soon

Brockley Central regular PaddyOM has followed up on earlier reports that Greenwich favourite Royal Teas cafe was planning to open in Brockley, where once stood Moonbow Jakes.

Raymond, the propiertor told him:

"It is true, we hope to be opening at the beginning of August if all goes well. It won't be called Royal Teas but 'The Brockley Mess'.

"I am looking forward to meeting the good people of Brockley, I hope they will approve of the changes we have made to Moonbow Jakes."

We like the name, which as has already been pointed out, is a play on Eton Mess and continues the fine Brockley tradition of eccentric names such as Toadsmouth Too, Jam Circus and, of course, Moonbow Jakes itself.

Together with the regular signs of life inside Dandelion Blue, this is great news for Brockley.

42 comments:

pfkaG said...

I'll be disappointed if there isn't a pudding called "Brockley Mess" to look forward to!

Anonymous said...

lol

Anonymous said...

Sounds an appropriate name

Anonymous said...

again, good luck to them but they're opening at the end of what I'd guess is the 'season' (ie summer) (if it's a tea-based establishment)

tyrwhitt ali said...

I would have thought the season only really applies when you're based in an area with lots of tourists. I can enjoy coffee and cake at any time of year!

I said...

The Royal Teas Coffee is good. (They had a range of blends/strengths of filter on offer when I went to check them out a month back.)

Anonymous said...

Lets hope Its supported and can stay open.

Anonymous said...

If the standard and the prices are anything like Royal Teas, they will soon have many regular customers.

4x4 said...

If they invest in the decor of the place to give it pavement appeal, people will be enticed in. Once in, it is up to them to serve good food and drinks.
Personally, I hope they the ambience right. For me, the environment I sit and eat and drink in is important. I want to be warm, comfortable and be able to spread a newspaper across the table (nice if they have a range of papers including the Telegraph not just the Guardian). A range of breakfasts would be nice also includings eggs benedict/florentine. I am not bothered about the price so much as the quality and variety of the menu. There is a dearth of good eating establishments in Brockley and ladywell. The choice to pay a bit more for a better quality would be nice.

Headhunter said...

I look forward to going! I hope they don't go too much for the "shabby chic" look inside. Moonbows was a good place but it was fair bit more shabby than chic.....

Anonymous said...

I agree, HH. It should be clean, comfortable, lighting not too low (Moonbow's was far too dark) but not too bright. A muted colour scheme (I really like the one in the Brockley Jack).

The Cat Man said...

Yes, and it must serve good coffee and tea. The coffee was not the best at Moonbrows, and my friends tea for some reason tasted unusually odd.

Please please please, I hope the 'hanging' electric cables have been removed - I was really worried about this from a H&S viewpoint.

Headhunter said...

Yeah Moonbows was a bit dingy and I often felt like the rickety furniture was about to collapse under me! I suppose the owner knew he was about to shut down and move on so it wasn't worth investing in a refurb. I don't want the new place to look like a souless Starbucks clone though.

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Brockley Alex said...

VERY exciting news. Saw yesterday (21st July) that they've begun to paint the outside, which bodes well for the interior not being kept midnight blue....

I have to say I assumed the name was a play on "Officer's Mess' rather than 'Eton Mess'. Might make more sense (a place to congregate rather than a desert) but who knows!

Paddyom said...

Happy days! It will be nice to have somewhere decent on that parade again, i'm looking forward to it opening.

Anonymous said...

Me too, yippeeee!

Anonymous said...

A brighter interior might also deter some of the shadier characters who liked to hang out in Moonbrows [sic]

The Cat Man said...

Yes, mung pink perhaps...

Headhunter said...

Eh? Since when were mung beans pink?! You colour blind?

Anonymous said...

HH, I think you've just fallen for The Cat Man's cunning plan to find out who knows what colour mung beans are.

The Cat Man said...

lol. 1 miaow to the cat!

Headhunter said...

I don't care. I eat Mung Beans and I'm proud...

Anonymous said...

I really liked the old decor; you could lose yourself in there for an afternoon in a place strangely, strongly and beautifully reminiscent of American independent coffee shops, like Slave to the Grind in Bronxville NY.

buzz_bar said...

I don't care whether it's vege or not, as long as it's not the same boring food as so many other places that call themselves 'cafes' serve! I want something interesting and everything to be home made - baked beans are fine as long as they don't come out of a can, crispy potatoes but not deep fried hash browns from a freezer etc.

4x4 I completely agree with eggs Benedict and florentine - yum.

What else could we gently persuade them to put on the menu?

quick brown fox said...

Any further news on this? I'm in the mood for cake.

Brockley Nick said...

Well, they have a nice new awning up.

Tamsin said...

There are the people who have opened up in the Telegraph Hill park, operating a cafe out of a van the way Pistachios used to do - I think they might do cake...

Ross Brown said...

there was a sign at the very top end of the park the only bits i could remember were 11-5 everyday except monday, brick lane bagels and home made lemonade.
sounded good.

Tamsin said...

There is cake and ice-cream as well - I called round shortly after posting. And come more wintery weather they plan do move on to warming soup and possibly curry. Note that that they are not operating on Mondays - need one day off!

quick brown fox said...

That sounds enticing but I only live a minute or two away from the Brockley Mess site, so Telegraph Hill is a comparative trek. What we need up this end of Brockley is local cake for local people.

Tamsin said...

After all cake doesn't travel well - like French bread. By the time you are home from the boulangerie you have to go back - as you have nibbled away half the loaf on the journey!

The Cat Man said...

Or in my case, all of it!

graeme said...

Sitrep anybody?

On the design front, I can make out some patchwork tiling inside, and the shopfront's been painted that pastel turquoisey number - so all good so far - but the estimated date of opening is...?

graeme said...

from AA gill in The Times re Saatchi's new joint in Chelsea

"Mess is a hostage to fortune. Call a restaurant Mess and it is asking for trouble. Critics don’t look gift names in the mouth. In fact, we try to avoid looking anyone in the mouth. It’s been called Mess because it’s on the site of the old Duke of York’s barracks on Chelsea’s King’s Road."

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/food_and_drink/eating_out/a_a_gill/article6608814.ece

Anonymous said...

I believe it is opening on Monday.

Anonymous said...

Well has it opened yet ???????!!!!!

Rob

Anonymous said...

Monday is tomorrow.

Paddyom said...

So anyone been in yet - i believe it opened today?? Cant wait to try it.

graeme said...

Can't see it opening today. There are boxes everywhere inside and a shop-fitter seemingly up to his neck in screws and wood shavings.

Anonymous said...

opening day is tomorrow! :D
and i know for a fact there will be excellent cake there :)

g said...

I take it you're chief cake baker?!

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