ELL points spotlight at Brockley

Our new tube line has attracted the London bloggerati, to sample our good stuff.

Londonist's pub crawl took in Jam Circus and the Orchard resulting in glowing reviews, as well as Try Tapas in Honor Oak and the Amersham Arms in New Cross:

Settling into a comfortable window seat, we could have happily used the place purely as a bar. However, Try Tapas is the name, and who are we to argue? Meatballs and fancy spuds were eminently munchable.

'Brockley is cooler than Shoreditch,' opines the sign beside the bar. Jam Circus is certainly doing its bit to live that assertion... It's a place you'd be proud to call your local, especially with late opening times every night of the week.

With its proximity to the Overground, there's a real possibility that the Orchard could attract regulars from beyond its local core.

To be perfectly honest, we were completely bladdered by this point, so have no clear memory of the Amersham's delights. We vaguely recall a sense of rock and roll swagger about the place, with a thrashy live band playing away in the back room.

Meanwhile, Diamond Geezer has written poetically of his adventures on Hilly Fields:

A grassy bulge, reaching the giddy height of 50 metres above sea level, to which the local population are irresistibly drawn on a sunny day... When Brockley comes out to sizzle, somehow a hump with a view will always have the edge.

18 comments:

TM said...

"a hump with a view?"

The Hilly Fields or is it the Brockley dogging society have clearly been out and about again.

shameless plug said...

If their trip to the Amersham Arms had happened to be on the second Sunday of any given month, they would have found that a little bit of Brockley had followed them there, in the form of the Brockley Ukulele Group and their regular Sunday night "Uke Box" set.

Brick infill said...

@TM Or is that a hump with a few?

Brockley Dogging Society - play ground section said...

We would like to congratulate the playground orgainsers for the variety and robustness of the equipment provided. The sand pit has proved a challenge however and we have insisted on special training, risk assesment and that suitable protective equipment is worn whilst using said sandy attraction.

Monkeyboy said...

It's odd that Penge never gets a mention. What happens in Penge? It sounds wrong but I don't know why.

Now Then said...

There were of course the penge bungalow murders

Brockley Kate said...

Perfect timing - here's the answer to your question, Monkeyboy:

http://londonist.com/2010/05/introducing_the_east_london_line_pe.php?gallery0Pic=1#gallery

Mb said...

Makes brockley sound like Monaco

Anonymous said...

Kate, Penge sounds perfectly adorable from that article. I particularly liked this bit:

"Poundland in Penge is one of the best. From the moment you walk in, see the merchandise littering the floor and feel the impact of prams and high-velocity children against your ankles, you know you're in safe hands."

drakefell debaser said...

The photos of Penge are class. I particulalry like the old guy in the mobility buggy who seems to have lost control and driven into the front of William Hill.

Headhunter said...

Penge sounds wrong! Funnily enough I had a friend who visited who said the same thing! He had no idea why either... I had a another friend who couldn't stand the sound of "Ladywell" and kept begging me not to talk about it...

Lou Baker said...

Sigh.

It sounds like Penge is a highlight among places the new orange beast visits.

We could have had the King's Road people. But no. We get Penge. And Anerley.

monkeyboy said...

Anerly sounds nearly as wrong as Penge.

Brockley Nick said...

My only experience of Penge came when I was in sixth form. One of the boys at school persuded me and four other boys to cut short short our night out "up west" to come to Penge, where the german exchange student girls he'd been help look after were having a party.

We followed his detailed directions all the way to Penge to the house, knocked on the door, which was answered by the teacher who lived there. She had no idea what we were talking about nor why one of her students would direct us to her house.

It prompts the question as to why and how he knew the home address of the teacher and why he would do that to his supposed mates, but it does explain why none of us who made that journey have ever spoken of Penge again. Until tonight.

Monkeyboy said...

I knew brockley central had a dark underbelly

Monkeyboy said...

Some people are EVEN more excited about thee ell then us http://bit.ly/cE90m3

Monkeyboy said...

Erm.... Anerley.

http://londonist.com/2010/05/introducing_the_east_london_line_an.php

Anonymous said...

ELL suspended between Sydenham and West Croydon due to a faulty train. Oh Dear that didn't take long.

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