Brockleys Rock: Coming very soon

Brockley's new fish and chip restaurant has a name: 'Brockleys Rock'. Indeed Brockleys do.

They promised it would be "spot on" and so-far, so-good. They've put some effort in to the appearance of their Brockley Road business. Hopefully the food will be just as good.

Thanks to Jennifer for the photo.

141 comments:

huh? said...

I don't understand the name. Should there be an apostrophe?

Brockley Nick said...

Maybe they haven't got round to adding one yet. The mystery is all part of the fun.

Anonymous said...

Oh so THAT'S what it's going to be! I walked past it yesterday and couldn't work out what the intention was... short of selling actual rocks or sticks of rock, neither of which seemed likely, the name doesn't exactly spell it out.

It would be good if they opened on Sunday evenings - neither of the other two near me (Brockley Cross and Harefield Road) do and I've never understood it. Surely Sunday evening is prime takeaway time?!

Brockley Jon said...

I do like the trend for shops in Brockley to be named after the place. The Broca, Brockley Mess, now we have a rock.

Actually rock is one of my least favourite eating fishes, but I won't let that stop me from trying them out.

@anon above, couldn't agree more!

Anonymous said...

No decent chippie opens on a Sunday because fish markets are closed on Sundays.

Wish City Noodles opened on a Sunday though

Waah said...

Waaah why isn't it a waitrose. Waah

Carn e Vore said...

Let's hope they use beef dripping.

Myth & Chips said...

I've heard that you can buy frozen fish but I'm sure thats a myth but about by the "Big Frozen Fish" cartel to ensnare, or net, independent chippys.

Even if I never visit, a decent shop front does wonders. The mystery is that a quality shop front is probably no more expensive than a rubbish one.

Anonymous said...

lets hope its sustainably caught fish!

BW Crofton Park.

looksokayfromtheoutside said...

I go to the Sea Cow in East Dulwich for my F and C's so hopefully it will good enough break their hold over me.

Ed CPZ said...

Relatively smart frontage; CPers want in on the good Brockley name huh?

Brockley Nick said...

CP is littered with Brockley names, because it is Brockley. However, this is not Crofton Park, it's Midtown, near the Brockley Mess.

Ed CPZ said...

I knew I'd get a response but that was quick! What is the point of CP then, just a subset of B?

Paddy said...

Wow! Looks mega - cant wait to try it and such a change to see fast food places actually care what their shop fronts look like - good on you!!

Mondee said...

Looks nice. Terrible nonsensical name that will annoy me. There is only one Brockley, surely.

charlie said...

Hmm... There is only one Brockley, so unless they're going to add an apostrophe it's going to get under my ocd skin. Just thinking about it now makes me want to wash my hands.

Brockley Nick said...

I think the various and passionate debates on here over the years have demonstrated that there is more than one Brockley.

Artisan Chips said...

This is great, on one hand you have the good honest brigade catered for with simple grub but it also has what could be termed a mung -esque name and sign. (assuming I understand the term 'mung' in the context of Brockley..)

This clash of sides is bound to give someone a headache as they queue up.

Brockley Nick said...

@Artisan - Perhaps that is the duality the name reflects.

The more I think about it, the more brilliant the name is.

Mariella said...

It is not technically wrong not to have an apostrophe…

I for one can’t wait to try the place! x

Anonymous said...

'tis

Mb said...

Try the plaice I thnk you mean.

Danja said...

Ummm, Dogfish

starting to hyperventilate said...

Mariella, it depends what the "s" is intended to signify, surely? What do you understand the name to mean?

I'd really like someone to come up with a credible interpretation of the name, as I too am a bit OCD about this sort of stuff, and I live in mid-town Brockley so will be passing it regularly.

Danja said...

Relief for pedants:

http://tinyurl.com/65gjdhl

Danja said...

And boy that place looks like it rocks, or has rocks at least.

Now and Then said...

The B52's 'rock lobster' keeps coming to mind. I mean is that where the apostrophe should go?

Anonymous said...

Met the new owner today, a delightful young man, very focused and determined to bringing a quality establishment to Brockley. I reckon he will do very well and so will the residents of the area.
The APOSTOPHE has not been used in the name, deliberately or not, it,s not likely to happen now. NOT the end of the world, shall we all just focus on the positive and welcome Kyri and his lovely new fish and chip shop "BROCKLEYS ROCK" to our neighbourhood, best of luck
Dorothy.

Now and Then said...

There was a shop in Deptford selling 'Frijes' a while back, and one in New Cross with 'Vegatables' in living memory. I don't think anyone's too hung up about the little apostrophe TBH (i'n'nit) except as a place to hang expectations. Good Luck to him. I'm now off down the skate park.

Anonymous said...

Easy, just move the 'S'. We all know Brockley Rocks!

Anonymous said...

Really looking forward to the opening, nice positive vibe going on here. What,ll i have? a saveloy to be getting on with!
A friend of Dorothy's.

Worried Waistline said...

Well this is exciting! never usually get take-away food and never gone into any of the current fish and chip places in Brockley. This, on the other hand, is inviting me in already....

Anonymous said...

Fish and chips is one of the few eating options Brockley already does - Fishy Business is excellent and incredible value. This will need to be seriously good to tempt me away. More variety is what we need... Anyone tried the Indian opposite the Barge for a take out?

Greediness rocks said...

@anon 13.50. Tried that curry house 4 years ago and it was ungood but think it may be under new management since then. Agree about fishy business which is good but could still be bettered. My fave local is smiles Thai.

foxicus said...

The Indian opposite Wetherspoons is nothing to write home about but it is cheap as, er... chips. The Wednesday night banquet is incredible value!

Sticking with the original topic, I love Fishy Business but will be eager to try Brockleys Rock too when it opens. Good luck to them!

Anonymous said...

@greediness I think you mean "could be battered"

TC said...

Interesting to see where they are advertising for staff.

http://londynek.net/jobs/cook+serving++waiting+Londyn+Pd.-Wsch.+brockley+Gastronomia+i+Hotelarstwo+ogloszenia+praca,/jobs/ad?ad_id=523761

I wonder what the owner meant the sign to mean?

At present it means places called brockley (noun) rock (verb)presumably to and fro.

Nothing whatsoever to do with Fish and Chips

Michael Fish said...

The one in Honor Oak is also really good. Cooked to order and good quality. Even if it it does do the occasional chicken finger.

Ed CPZ said...

I'll only visit once the sign is sorted out.

Mondee said...

Mariella, I'm not sure where you're coming from re: the apostrophe. Unless he means that all the many places that go by the name of Brockley rock - which I can't believe he does mean - then an apostrophe is most definitely technically required. At the moment the name makes no sense; an apostrophe would make it quite a good name IMO. Unlike Ed CPZ, the lack of apostrophe won't stop me going in - of course it won't - but I just don't understand why people don't run these things (names, menus, advertising etc) past someone vaguely literate before spending money on them.

Anonymous said...

If I go in I'll mention the missing apostrophe to the staff every time.

Sotiman said...
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who gives a uck about an oxford comma said...

Indeed. judge it on its food.

Anonymous said...

Effort into appearance...except for the horrible internally illuminated box sign.

All the best to them nonetheless.

Anonymous said...

looks good. what did it used to be? Was it the Chinese takeaway?

Anonymous said...

looks like a nice plaice...

Anonymous said...

strange name for a chippy...

Anonymous said...

surely it would be better if it was called Brockley Rocks...

Anonymous said...

Now if the photo had been taken at a decent angle, we might have been able to make out what font they are using. A matter that has far more bearing on the urban landscape than the finer details of punctuation.

I think the name....could do with a little work...

Rock, in the context of a fish and chiperie, tends to suggest. Rock salmon. In other words Dog fish. Otherwise known as shark.

If that is on the menu, it does not augur well for the fussier pescatorians amongst us.

I do hope there will be Cod and Haddock and none of the dodgier ugly mug species that are often dished up instead.

High hopes.

It does matter said...

Delete the 's' - Brockley Rock. Easy. And a pun on Brighton Rock.

monkeyboy said...

I told them not to use this guy...

http://shakykaiser.com/blog/images/BLP191341.jpg

HappyBrockers said...

Technically an apostrophe should only be used to replace an omitted letter/s.

So 'Brockleys Rock' has got it right. My OCD would have been more distressed if they had put in an apostrophe, as it would mean 'Brockley is/has Rock.'

Am looking forward to trying it out.

Tressilliana said...

Omitted letter or possession.

Brockley's Rock would be the rock that belongs to, or is in, Brockley. Good name.

Brockleys Rock, as others have said, is a bit weird as it implies that every area in the world known as Brockley rocks, including ours.

subeditor said...

It is also used to denote possession, i.e. the rock(fish?) of/in Brockley. Without any apostrophe it means many Brockleys. Neither option makes much sense. It's a daft name and I like the place less because of it. Still, I got over Jam Circus.

Now and Then said...

Hey Fussy Pescatorian, I bet they do sell Cod and probably chips as well, though theyre not mentioned on the sign.

Quite like a bit of dogfish myself, now and then, though sadly they seem to be even more threatened by unsustainable fishing methods than the cod, maturing as they do later.

HappyBrockers said...

But Brockley doesn't possess any Rock, because there's nowhere to fish for it here.

But, true, perhaps it could mean that the rock belongs to Brockley because it is being sold in Brockley.

I guess it doesn't really matter either way, and can't believe I've been drawn into a discussion about apostrophes.

Either way, I like the name, it's certainly indvidual. I'm looking forward to the fish and chips.

Banksy said...

One way or another, it will get an apostrophe eventually.

glennhancock said...

Does anyone know when it opens? I've got friends coming to visit this weekend, would love to take them somewhere new.

Now and Then said...

One way or another 'Brockleys Rock' may have done us all a favour by raising this. I think we can all figure out what is intended as we do in everyday speech as to whether something is posessory or plural or both (or has dropped letters) unless were being wilfully obtuse.

Kill the Apostrophe describe calls to defend traditional apostrophe use as nothing more than unthinking superstition.

Baldric said...

With all this fuss about the apostrophe, nobody has seen fit to mention the shocking lack of an upper case “B” for Brockley. In fact, I think it's all a cunning plan by the proprietor to make the name of his new establishment reach the top ten most read articles on BC today!

hyperventilator said...

I agree that you can generally tell whether the plural or the possessive is intended. If it's the possessive there may be ambiguity over whether it is the singular or plural ("my friend's kids are coming to stay" or "my friends' kids are coming to stay", for example).

If it's supposed to be "Brockley's Rock" I still don't know what that signifies - and I'm not being wilfully obtuse. If anything, this is an example that makes the case for keeping apostrophes. I await with interest Nick's interview with the owner. I will have a brown paper bag to hand just in case.

Ed CPZ said...

Perhaps the missing apostrophe is deliberate, in the style of the adverts designed to be crass and annoying so we can't help but discuss them...

Now and Then said...

Rock salmon as has been mentioned, a staple of old style FnC shops on which pensioners grew strong for half price on Thursdays. It remains to be seen whether that delicacy will be available at this venue. However 'Rock' for many (but perhaps not that many in this parish) denotes or 'signifies' the Fish and chip experience.

Im taking it that its the rock of which Brockley has posession and is available at this premises.

Hyperventilator or h'ventilator as I could quickly abbreviate if I hadnt abandoned tha apostrophe in solidarity with Brockleys Rock; Come and join us. Throw away the useless little things. Watch them bob away on the tide, a little regret perhaps but then its over. They have no hold on you now.

Paddy said...

When does this open anyone?

Anonymous said...

its going to be good,we have the best cafe(brockley mess),best plumbers(sids) best hairdressers(heat)im sure fish and chips:)
sarah

hyperventilator said...

@Now and Then - nooooooo!!

Ill, shell, well, hell, shed, wed, cant, wont, id...

These are all words in their own right. I'd like them to stay that way instead of having to trip up when reading and spend a microsecond identifying them as contractions of "I will/shall" etc...

Besides, accurate use of apostrophes is one of the ways we pedants identify each other.

Brockley's Sock said...

"Besides, accurate use of apostrophes is one of the ways we pedants identify each other."

Would have been better written

"Besides, accurate use of apostrophes is one of the ways in which we pedants identify each other."

Hyperventilator said...

Yes, that is more elegant.

Tressilliana said...

"Moreover, accurate use of apostrophes is one of the ways in which pedants (amongst whom I include myself) identify each other."

Nothing beats competitive pedantry at the end of a long week.

Hyperventilator said...

Sigh.....I am breathing more easily now...

snug said...

I have it on teh best authority that the S fell off and was put back in teh wrong place

Anonymous said...

What's in a name?

Some of you may be unaware that the over exploitation of Rock Salmon is becoming a crisis.

There is a campaign by the Shark Trust to bring this matter to public attention and political action to conserve this species.

I do hope that Brockleys Rock is not to be a hard place for those who hold the environment dear.

Take a look, there are surveys, questions in the House, Europe is involved and the fish and chip shops of the UK may be held to account.

http://www.sharktrust.org/content.asp?did=34617&backto=u_search3.asp&curpage=&search=rock

An opportunity for BC to indulge in a bit of incisive reportage. How heavily will a fish and chip supper weigh on the environmental conscience of the neighbourhood. Give them a grilling.

Tressilliana said...

... but not a battering?

Now and Then said...

Did I imagine an anon post about endangered fish species before Tressilianas. Did it fall off?

Brockley Nick said...

Got filtered as spam. Happens more often to anons than others.

Now and Then said...

Ah I see. Wrong species caught in net, as it were.

Brockley's Sphincter said...

@Brockley's Sock

Indeed. Nothing quite as sloppy as a reduced relative clause. Lovely prepositional phrase, by the way.

Tamsin said...

Interesting suggestion that fish and chip shops don't open on a Sunday because there are no fish markets open on the Sunday morning. I had heard that it was some arcane regulation that applied to them but not to any other type of take-away/fast-food joint because at the time it was brought in fish and chips were the only type of fast food outlet.

Anonymous said...

Re: fish markets not opening on Sundays - no idea whether that's true or not, but in any case I'd definitely rather eaten fish and chips using fish that had been in the fridge overnight, or even frozen, than not be able to get my hands on any at all. To be honest, by the time you've covered it in batter and thrown it in a vat of boiling oil I'm really not sure I could tell the difference anyway...

formerly hyperventilating said...

THE APOSTROPHE HAS LANDED!!!!

Anonymous said...

This is great news and meant that we should now have 2 shops selling good, honest grub next door to each other on that stretch of road. Brockley is indeed a good place to be.

Anonymous said...

Why do we need so many shops "selling grub"? Nearly two-thirds of the shops seem to be selling either grub of some sort or drink of some sort. What about shops selling books or china or tools or clothes or electrical goods? The place isn't a high street: it's more like the food arcade at some huge airport.

Mb said...

Dead right. I've often woken of a Saturday with a craving for some fine pottery , I was after a wedgewood vase last week and had to settle for a ceramic dolphin from Sounds Around.

Drunk....and so to bed.

Anonymous said...

The shopping parades of Brockley tend to provide instant gratification for the addictions, indulgences and cravings of the locals: fast food, gambling, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, sweets, sugary drinks and those with a fetish for property speculation.

Admittedly there are some gaps and, sad to say, Brockley has neither a bookshop, a chinashop, boutique nor even a house of ill repute.

But at least we will have two chippies.

Brockley Nick said...

Worth noting that this did not displace another type of shop - it was a direct swap with a chinese takeaway. Just down the road is the fantastically useful Sids and there is a hardware shop, a florist and a furniture shop on this same little stretch. No china or book shops, admittedly, though Brockley is hardly unique in that respect.

Supermarkets, the internet and the fact that Brockley isn't a destination shopping venue (unlike Greenwich, for example) mean that we will almost certainly never get a crockery shop.

quick brown fox said...

If I was going to describe any of the shops on that stretch as "fantastically useful" it would be the hardware shop. Sids is great (though a bit pricey for bathroom fittings) but unless you're plumber or bathroom fitter you'll only need it occasionally.

The hardware shop has a miraculously diverse stockholding, and also sells some homewares, as does the newsagent next door (in the back room).

Does Starbuck actually sell furniture? I thought it just did upholstering?

Anonymous said...

I'd say the Top Chef Cafe is pretty fantastically useful of a weekend morning.

cindyp said...

Yep, the hardware shop (Turner's I think it's called) has never let me down in about 20 years of Brockley living. Whenever you need an odd sized nut, bolt, screw or bracket, they've got it. Thought I had them the other day when I needed a connector to join two bits of hosepipe together, but no, the guy found me one.

Anonymous said...

Just had the fish cakes very tasty, fish cakes rock

Food lover said...

Any more details? Cost? flavours?

Sarah said...

OMG it's good - £4.40 for fish and chips, the chips are just like good seaside ones, not greasy just very yummy and the fish tastes very fresh.

Sarah said...

Oops sorry it's about £1.40/50ish for the chips and £4.40 for the fish not £4.40 for both. Good portions and worth it.

Anonymous said...

Hooray! Good, honest prices are back in Brockley!

Now and Then said...

Whitebait fresh and delicious. Cod very good, chips excellent and staff and 'feel' of the place really very nice.

Early dats, yadda yadda, but a very promising fish and chipper and more.

Anonymous said...

What about the interior? Not too 'mungy'? No big signs about organic fish or tips plate?

Now and Then said...

Erm.. There was a fish and chips plate, several of those.

soundslike said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
'Honest Brockley' said...

Anonymous said...
Hooray! Good, honest prices are back in Brockley!

4 July 2011 20:38
................................................................................
What do you mean by 'Honest Prices'? you sound like a 1980's car dealer.

I have read the term 'Honest Fare' on this blog when people are talking about food and prices in Brockley, what do they mean?

You get what you pay for...

Food prices are increasing around the world... The oceans are being over fished and the UK have an obsession about Cod, Haddock, Salmon and Tuna.

Encourage this new place to sell Mackeral, Coley and Dab (the Uk waters have plenty) and order it and you will the get your "Honest" cheaper fish that you so desire!

Honestly, some people....

Read more here...

http://www.fishfight.net

Anonymous said...

@sarah - hope those were "eat in prices" - for eat out prices, I would expect to pay less than a fiver.

patrick1971 said...

@Anon0015, if you think in these days of overfishing you can pay less than £5 for fish and chips, you can think again!

A friend of mine rang me yesterday afternoon and said, "Brockley's Rock has opened today, shall we try it out tonight?" so we duly pottered down at about half past seven.

As we approached there was a good number of people on the pavement outside waiting for their take aways. The outside of the shop is done up nicely - the apostrophe has most definitely arrived - although the metal beams separating the windows are a bit jarring. I can only guess that the budget didn't stretch to replacing them with wood.

Inside is very light and airy, with most of the walls painted the same colour as the front signage background. The take away counter is at the front, with the standard fish bar that you'd get in any chippie. Towards the back there are about six tables in a bright, airy, white-painted space.

Unfortunately the dining space at the back doesn't have any natural light apart from the windows right at the front of the shop, and this, combined with the heat from the cooking and the warm temperatures last night, made it a bit stifling.

We were lucky to find a menu on our table; a few other customers had to ask the waitress for one. The five main fish & chip dishes (£7.50 each) are cod, haddock, rock, fish patties and scampi. There are also fish and meat pies, and of course mushy peas.

My friend and I ordered the rock and the patties, only to be told that both had already sold out, so we changed to cod and scampi. The man on the next table tried to order haddock but that too had sold out.

The service was friendly but very erratic. We had to ask the waitress twice to take our order, and when the food arrived we again had to ask for knives, forks, etc., and for a bottle opener for our beer. This was all done cheerfully but could have been a bit more seamless.

The cod & chips was a good size, loads of chips and the fish wasn't the enormous, daunting door-stopper you get at the Brockley Jack. The batter was light and sat well with the fish. The scampi came with chips and salad (although we had to ask for the chips as the waitress forgot to bring them). This portion was smaller than the cod and I'm not sure it would have filled me up, although my companion was happy with it.

We did order mushy peas but they didn't arrive (although nor were we charged for them, so I'm guessing the waitress forgot - can you see a theme here?) so I can't comment on them. We didn't try the desserts.

In summary, Brockley's Rock looks great and has a nice vibe about it. The take away was doing very well. The eat-in service, however, seems to be a bit of an afterthought. It doesn't feel like a formal dining area and the waitress was either very inexperienced or overwhelmed (although there are only six tables); it might be easier for them just to make it "order at the counter". It was disappointing that they were sold out of three of their five main meals, although this could have just been that they didn't realise how busy they would be on the first night. I would recommend trying it for take away, but give it a couple of weeks before dining in to let them get that side of it a bit more sorted.

Antimung said...

Typical Brockley. Who eats in for fish and chips? I'm surprised you didn't ask for olives and grissini.

Brockley Nick said...

@antimung
"Who eats in for fish and chips?"

Have you ever been to a seaside town? Full to the brim with people eating fish and chips inside. Try again.

Jennifer said...

I had takeaway from Brockley's Rock last night too. Cod and chips was delicious, a HUGE portion I'd have happily shared. Chips were proper, and obviously fried in brand new oil, which makes all the difference.

They'd already run out of a few things and I had to wait 10 minutes for my food - but they'd warned me that's how long it would take, and it was very busy.

I liked it, look forward to trying it again when things have settled down a bit.

Northerner said...

Who eats in for fish and chips? Up North every fish shop worth their salt (ahem) has an area to eat in.

Paddy said...

"Typical Brockley. Who eats in for fish and chips? I'm surprised you didn't ask for olives and grissini."

The begrudging typical comment of someone who I imagine considers themselves to be 'normal working class' yet looks down their nose at someone for wanting a seat whilst eating. Inverted snobbery at its ironic finest.

Anonymous said...

Is the whole menu available for takeaway eg the grilled fish and whitebait?

Now and Then said...

Yes anon, should've mentioned, that was takeway whitebait I had (only cause they'd run out of calamari)

pip said...

Thanks for the detailed review, Patrick. I seem to remember the Brockley Mess having similar teething problems so hopefully things will settle down after a week or two.

The food sounds good, anyway, and I'll be making a visit soon (when the weather is a little cooler than today....)

hazeladams said...

As a takeaway it was fresh and generously portioned - tad expensive but I did have scampi....will go back. Hope they make it.

Anonymous said...

Lovely staff, great food, what a winner!

Sarah said...

@anon 00.15 It was worth the money, it was generous portions of good quality food.

Anonymous said...

We are very happy to have Brockley's Rock on our doorstep and will definitely be regulars, but can I offer them some friendly advice? First, ketchup satchets are rubbish - get some proper Heinz Ketchup bottles for the tables! Second, I had "fishcakeS and chips" for £7.50 and was disappointed when I only got one (rather small sized) fish cake. That's mis-advertising! And seems like a raw deal compared to the fish, which looked very generous. I'd rather have paid a bit extra and got a better portion size please!

Anonymous said...

A lot of restaurants are put off having bottles of Heinz as for some reason mung bean eaters like to keep it in their fridge at home rather than the cupboard. (mmm ice cold ketchup)... odd, but there you go and that's the reason.

Wha? said...

That has the be the most tenuous link to the alledged malign influence of middle class customers Ive seen for a while.

Nice try but a distinct FAIL

keeping it real said...

It is Tomato Sauce, not ketchup.

Wha? said...

no, it's Heinz Ketchup. Anything else makes baby Jesus cry.

Anonymous said...

"Wha?" - so what is it for you then, cupboard or fridge?

As far as I'm aware, honest fare-selling establishments can use anything as long as it's in a squeezy tomato container.

Wha? said...

Fridge, I'm not mental.

Brockley Nick said...

I only eat catsup if it's been cooked in liquid nitrogen.

Anonymous said...

There you go then.

Ketchup in fridge = middle class and very, very mung.

factoid said...

So to recap:

Mung = one of great intelligence

Anon who make fun of mung time and time again = retard

Wha? said...

No, no, no... you fail to grasp it. posh eateries use bottles, it feels better and is a bit 'street' like the occasional toke on a spliff. Over night, you can store the botles in the fridge if you like so ensuring the condiment is in tip top shape the next day. Now sachets of ketchup, 'or tomato sauce' as some lunatic suggested, would be considered wrong on many levels. Sachets, or those individual pots, would be considered a bit naff and working class. So your argument begins to fall appart, sachets are anti-mung if anything.

Heinz ketchup, in bottles on tables. Preferably reclaimed Formica ones from the '70s. Store them in the fridge at night if you must, thats fine,

Now please run along, there's a good chap.

Glad to see The Rock is basically garnering good reviews except from idiots without opposable thumbs who have difficulty trearing open sachets. I'll be sending the help down on friday to pick up some grub.

Tressilliana said...

I keep the Heinz ketchup in the fridge because that's what it says to do on the bottle. I'm not obsessed with use by dates and so on, but I follow this guidance because I assume that it means that Heinz has taken out a lot of the salt, sugar and artificial preservatives that used to keep the stuff fresh for decades.

In other words, yes, I'm middle class.

odd man out said...

I'm working class and I keep my ketchup in the fridge thanks.

The cupbboard-loving anon sounds like a middle class try-hard

Working Class Lad Made Good said...

I prefer mayonaise these days, really.

Paddy said...

Are people in England completely obsessed with what "class" they fall into? Every thread on Brockley Central seems to include someone saying "I am normal honest working class". So, what do you want, a medal?

a classless ferret said...

Whoa, England?! Let's not elevate the idiocy of a few anonymous scallywags onto a national level. The trolls are best ignored.

Anonymous said...

Well, I have tried to Brockley's Rock and it was pretty good.

They have invested in a huge fryer, all shiny and new, which dominates the place. All the staff in uniforms. This looks like a proper fish and chip shop.

I had cod, chips and mushy peas and a cup of tea at one of their tables in the back.

The fish had lots of white meat, in flaky and moist. It tasted very fresh and the batter was light. The chips were excellent. New oil, I guess - it makes all the difference.

They have half a dozen tables and a couple of waitresses. But really this place is geared up for a takeaway service and the Friday rush.

I paid under a tenner for a sit down meal with table service and was very happy.

Quite like many of the fine chippies in the North or on the coast.

I think they will do well.

Brockley's Rock said...

A BIG thank you to all the support Brockley's Rock has had since we opened on Monday and for everyone's comments. We apologise for running out of a few things on our opening day but nothing could have prepared us for the exceptional response we had. Thank you very much for supporting Brockley's Rock and making us feel very welcome.
For the lady that posted a comment as Anonymous on 06th July 10.59 regarding the fishcakes, we apologise there should have been 2 fishcakes in your order it was our mistake, please come in and we would like to offer you a refund for our mistake.
Thank you again for all your support.
Brockley's Rock

mintness said...

I was going to say, surely the ketchup/fridge interface is because that's what's recommended on the bottle. Maybe we're just a lesser-known breed of sheep that grazes on mung beans and ristresso.

b. said...

i keep my tomato sauce in the tumble dryer*, i must be middle class.

*i dont have a tumble dryer.

Doghouse said...

I'm a bit mung and previously kept my red sauce (Heinz, glass bottle) in the cupboard. A pantry, in fact. Where it fermented and exploded everywhere when opened, thus ruining a wall freshly painted with Farrow & Ball. I don't know what class conclusions can be drawn from this. The bottle went on a suicide protest because it wanted to be kept in the fridge in keeping with the mung surroundings? Looking forward to trying the new chippie, though.

Brockley Ian said...

I ate at Brockley's Rock yesterday lunchtime and thought it was excellent.

Cod and plenty of Chips, generous bowl of Mushy peas and Tea. Lovely food and friendly service all for under a tenner.

They even let me sample their Calamari which would make a nice starter next time.

A great addition to the area.

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Anonymous said...

Yes the heinz bottle says to keep it in the fridge, but the dodgems also have huge signs saying "no bumping"... I don't think it's a realistic requirement, just something they say to cover their arses. And cold ketchup is gross.

Brockley Nick said...

Warm ketchup is gross. So there we are. A Mexican stand off.

Anonymous said...

To be fair Nick your coming out in support for the mung vote on the issue isn't going to make the news!

D said...

I fully back the 'cold ketchup is gross' campaign.

But I love salad cream on my fish and chips so am probably not the best judge.

Mb said...

I've been known to sprinkle white wine viniger on my fish and chips. Any vestige of working class honesty has be wiped away by a superior brewed condiment.

Molewife said...

Just wanted to add another big thumbs up for Brockley's Rock - I went for takeaway the other night and it was brilliant. Epic portions - neither I nor, more impressively, MoleHusband, could actually finish our Haddock, Regular Chips and Mushy Peas. We tried our best however because it was really delicious - great chips, fresh fish, light batter, superb slightly minty peas - and very good value considering the portion size. The service was efficient and friendly and the place looks great. I was really impressed and am delighted that they are now part of Brockley!

Brazmattazz said...

Tried for the first time last night. Place busy as hell, very well done up, gargantuan portions, all prepared on the spot (confess we have a preference for that), very tasty and served with a smile on the face.
Also liked the stripped down menu - simple, clear, not too many things to choose from which will make it easy eventually to try every single dish. Excellent addition to this stretch of Brockley Road. Thanks and keep it up!

Ratbag said...

Went to Brockleys rock last night. Fantastic chips and fishcake, couldn't finish it as portion so large, will definitely go back.

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