Brockley Central Drinks: The Drinkening

It's been a while, but after a nearly two year hiatus, Brockley Central Drinks are back!

We're organising a drink-up on Wednesday, March 14th. Brockleys Nick, Jon and Kate will be there, as will at least one single woman, who emailed us to ask if there was such a thing as a singles night in Brockley. From this tiny acorn, BC Drinks was reborn. You don't have to be single to drink with us, but it helps... Monkeyboy.

Brockley Central Drinks are as formless and chaotic as this blog, but without the trolling. There is no agenda (other than that Brockley is great), just lovely people, all in the same place, at the same time, with different drinks in their hands.

Drinks will start at 8pm. What we haven't yet decided is where they will be. That decision coming soon, but we wanted to put this date in your diaries. Hope to see you then.

95 comments:

fong said...

I'd love to come to this, but I'd be going on my own (not that many local friends, though I'd like to change that). Would people think I was weird?

Brockley Nick said...

Fong, I'd say at least 50% of the people who tend to turn up, do so on their own. It's kind of the point, to help people get to know people in the area. Come along!

Anonymous said...

Can we have the drinks in an 'honest fare' type establishment this time please?

fong said...

OK, I will! Can i suggest meeting at the Talbot, purely because it's the pub closest to my house

Brockley Nick said...

That's as good a reason as any. The Talbot is definitely on the short list.

Brockley Nick said...

@Anon - specific suggestions please

Anonymous said...

I'd like to come but fear being harshly judged on my rabid, pig ignorant and stultifyingly ill-informed comments...

Anonymous said...

could I bring my baby (with buggy) along?

bellyki said...

I can't come (Harmony Sinfonia, Brockley's very own symphony orchestra, rehearses on a Wednesday) but I'd suggest the Old Haberdasher because they need the business!

Brockley Nick said...

@Belly - we'd had the same thought - would the distance from some parts of Brockley (eg: Crofton Park) put people off?

RosieB said...

fab sounds good and no it's not to far!

RosieB said...

yet to try that pub so look forward to it!

tyrwhitt ali said...

Well it's a bit of a trot but it's somewhere I've been meaning to try! I shall be there. And fong, don't worry about not knowing anyone, I didn't the one and only time I've been.

Gema said...

Can anyone come or is this a strictly SE4 event? I wouldn't want to lower the tone with my Deptford mannerisms and scary tattoos. I promise that I won't smoke crack in the pub toilets or beg for beer. Pretty please :)

mg said...

Rats, I'm not around that evening.
fong, I think I've been to most previous BC drinks, have always gone on my own. Everyone is lovely.
But speaking of going on one's own to things, did anyone go to the swing dancing thing at the Amersham? I'd like to go on Sunday 18th but don't know if it would be awkward. Were there solo types last time?

Brockley Nick said...

@Gema - Brockley has never been about a postcode. It's a state of mind. In some cases, a slightly ranty state of mind, but not always.

Vanishing Point said...

I trust you will all just drink muddy water.

TheManorMilitia said...

We'll be there.

Lep Recorn said...

Rats! I am around that evening . . .

Never managed to make one before - but given the increased popularity(?), well readership anyway, would the venue (not a suggestion) need some warning?

NAT said...

The Talbot would be a bit of a busman's holiday for me.

I vote The Haberdashers.

Anonymous said...

Can we organise a Brockley Central smoke up too whilst we're at it? :D

Anonymous said...

The Talbot is a lot harder from Crofton Park than the Haberdashers - at least there is a bus that direction.

Ravensbourne Arms is a huge pub so may be an option on the other side of the Greater Brockley border?

NAT said...

Damn, just checked the calender, and, away that day. Shame, I was looking forward to meeting 'Good Honest Fare'.

I withdraw my Haberdasher vote.

Ramble said...

Haberdasher's or Ravensbourne?

Sounds good, count me in.

Morag said...

I vote Haberdasher too, partly because it's very close to my house, but also because I think lots of people are yet to try it out and I'd like to help promote a nice local pub! Plus if it's not too busy there should be space for all the buggies.

Brockley Nick said...

The Ravensbourne is great, but the last two BC events have been in Ladywell (Ladywell Tavern) so would rather go elsewhere on this occasion.

Lou Baker said...

Alas, I am washing my hair that night.

But it would have been good to come along to keep you all on the straight and narrow.

heckmcbuff said...

I would like to come and suggest The Ravensbourne Arms as a suitable venue also.

BreakspearsEagle said...

I vote for the Wickham Arms.

NAT said...

Lou, I've assumed that because your assertions were slaphead that...oh never mind...

Looks like we've got a pairing arrangement in any case.

Anonymous said...

How many Brockley foxes are expected?

SamB_UK said...

I'd potentially like to come! Not sure about the idea of the Ravensbourne Arms though - it's a bit of a hike for many Brockley-ites.

Surely somewhere that's at least *in* Brockley is better?

No Green Thumbs said...

Where is the Haberdashers? Oh no, I hope no foxes turn up. I have enough trouble with them in my garden.

BrockleyKate said...

Oh god, this isn't going to turn into a matchmaking evening, is it?! :-P

I'd be happy to put a bit of business the Haberdashers' way.

Anonymous said...

Would love to come to a Brockley Central drinks, but as long as it's in Brockley.

I'm sure the Haberdasher's or Ravensborne Arms are lovely, but they're a bit of a trek... One is New Cross and the other is Ladywell.

I suggest either The Brockley Jack or Mr. Lawrence.

BrockleyKate said...

Mr Lawrence would be great too!

Anonymous said...

If people from Crofton Park can't make it down the road to a pub I'm not sure you should offer them much in the way of convenience!

Anonymous said...

I do not drink alcohol or allow people to enter my personal comfort zone, but don't take my non-appearance as a rebuke, I shall be teaching at my nude macrame class that evening - nobody welcome.

Anonymous said...

For those not adverse to a trek, I understand that the Catford Bridge Tavern (formerly Copperfield) opens on Thursday! That may be an option, supporting the newest local(ish) pub?

D said...

mg - I didn't go so can't comment for sure but I've been dancing for years and anything that starts with a lesson is pretty much guaranteed to be single-friendly as they'll get everyone to swap partners during that so you'll meet people.

Brockley Ben said...

Count me in. If all goes according to plan it will be my first night off the wagon for two weeks. Standard apologies all round.

TM said...

I don't think I'll be able to make this one. Shame after 2 years. Hope the evening wherever it is held goes well.

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Robert said...

I will try and make it if I can, though I warn you - my primary topics of conversation are architecture, Brockley gossip, and American Idol. If smalltalk strays from these themes I'm liable to spend the time nodding politely and occasionally making an inappropriate joke.

Andy Endwell said...

Can I put in a vote for the Wickham Arms the beer is first rate, the new management do not seem to be wanting to make big changes and there is plenty os room.

Timmy2wheels said...

Jam Circus. Tell 'em we're coming and reserve some space. I'm bored to tears with The Talbot.

quick brown fox said...

I might come along, but in disguise, so that no-one tries to exterminate me.

Aricana said...

Would be a great opportunity to meet the various anon or is there just one anon with multiple personalities.

Wickham Arms or Brockley Jack please.

Matt-Z said...

Is the Haberdasher selling any decent ale yet? It's failed to offer anything other than an iffy pint of Greene King on the occasions I've been in.

Anonymous said...

I'd happily vote for either Mr. Lawrence or Jam Circus!

Miss L said...

I'm liking the hidden agenda of it being a singles night at the same time... Maybe all the singles should wear a mung bean on their lapel for easy identification...

I vote for the Talbot as it's just round the corner from me, but won't mind a longer journey so will be there either way.

Mike said...

Is The Haberdashers on the same site as the Rosemary Branch, a pub I remember frequenting in Lewisham Way a few decades ago?

MJG said...

That's the one - very close to Goldsmiths. As a New Cross-ite I'd be happy with the Haberdashers...

Anonymous said...

You can tell a lot of Brockley people work for the public sector; it's taken 2 years to literally organise a pissup in a brewery.

Still I bet it'll be accessible, organic and diverse.

Anonymous said...

Wickham Arms...???

TeatowelKate said...

Hummm... The Telegraph?

Anonymous said...

Mr Lawerences is a good idea!

mb said...

Never been (or should i say 'bean'?)to Mr Lawrences.

Headhunter said...

I think the 1st BC Drinks was at the Wickham back in 07, then Jam Circus in 08 and then The Talbot on opening night in 09.... I was at BC Drinks in 08 at JC and again at The Talbot, however The Talbot was sooo busy on opening night that I couldn't actually find the BCers and could barely move around as the pub was so jam packed.

I'm easy but I like the Haberdasher an it sometimes looks like it needs some help to stay open, it's often mostly empty, so my vote goes there. Also it's quite large, airy and spacious so could accommodate the thousands of people who will be turning up!

Brockley Nick said...

@HH - very good, that is exactly the order. Then two music nights at the Ladywell Tavern. Then Brockley Nick went in to penury to open a business, Brockley Jon committed to a life of quiet servitude by getting married and Brockley Kate devoted her life to monastic scholasticism by doing another degree. It has been a long two years, but it's spring again in Brockley...

max said...

I came to the Ladywell Tavern but could not penetrate the human wall and left.

Anonymous said...

the Brockley Barge would be a good central location surely?

patrick1971 said...

Haberdashers gets my vote.

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, it sounds like it should be Haberdashers. The right size and a nice excuse to get people to check it out.

BrockleyKate said...

Ha! I'm betting that Brockley Sarah will like the sound of Jon's 'quiet servitude'!

Anonymous said...

let's all sit on the wall outside supercuts on the parade and have a few cans

Andrew said...

The Jack or the Barge cos they're both big. Seems like there might be few people there

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine the mung bean elite liking either of the last two suggestions. Which probably means we should pick one of them!

Anonymous said...

"Brockley Barge would be a good central location surely?"

NQOC darling.

Anonymous said...

The Barge is a good honest boozer and perfectly good for a drink under any circumstances - maybe not so good if you're a tosser though . . .

ah right



I'll get me coat . . .

Anonymous said...

The Old Haberdasher is a very good choice, I have popped in for a meal and a quiet drink a few times, it is a bit quiet when compared to the other pubs in New Cross and I really have no idea why as it is a really nice pub but I would say it is exactly the sort of place that needs support especially considering the type of pub it replaced, it gets my vote!

Anonymous said...

The jack is big, and actually IN brockley... which is probably appropriate for a 'Brockley Central' drinks evening. Or did the site change to 'Ladywell Not So Central' without us noticing....?

Anonymous said...

How about hiring out Gulen's wine bar?

TM said...

Mmmmmm donner canapes YUM

Anonymous said...

The Borckley Jack is only just in Brockley, literally on the border - because as everyone knows, Crofton Park = Not Really Brockley :)

BrockleyKate said...

Or, for those of us who subscribe to the Greater Brockley philosophy, Brockley stretches from Honor Oak Park up to St Johns, and from Telegrpah Hill right over to Ladywell.

The Ravensbourne Arms is still too far though, admittedly. Even I can't squeeze that into Brockley.

Anonymous said...

Crofton Park IS Brockley. The only reason people think Brockley is anywhere other than there is because of the location of a train station called "Brockley". But historically, the Brockley Jack is more part of central Brockley than the Barge is.

Anonymous said...

@ anon 11:48
LOLZ, it was a wind up - hence the smiley face, thanks for reacting though! although if you look at a boundary map, the centre of Brockley is somewhere around the Brockley Mess (so, almost equidistant between the Barge and the Jack)
:) :) :)

Anonymous said...

The Brockley Mess is actually in Ladywell

Anonymous said...

Ladywell is actually in Brockley, and Brockley is actually in Lewisham.

Sorry am I shattering the mung fantasy?

Anonymous said...

i think the barge would be a good place, it feels like the middle of brockley to me. and if theres a lot of us we wont be paying attention to the dismal surroundings.

Anonymous said...

Obviously all of those places are in Lewisham, I don't think anyone would suggest otherwise. In fact, lots of places are in Lewisham, but 'Lewisham' as a postcode is not where Brockley is. Brockley and Ladywell are separate. Most of Ladywell is in SE13 (there isn't a Ladywell postcode). But most people who read this blog live in, ahem, Greater Brockley so are interested in things that happen there. Which part of this being a hyperlocal blog do you not get? It's not about some imagined elitism that people are more interested in things that are in their immediate vicinity. div

Tamsin said...

Aren't we historically either Blackheath, Deptford or Camberwell, with the Kent/Surrey boundary running through the middle?

Anonymous said...

Brockley is Peckham as far as I'm aware.

mg said...

And I claim Camberwell (at least the stretch containing No. 67, Silk Road and Wuli Wuli) for a Greater Brockley exclave.

Brockley Nicola Mungley-Bean said...

I proclaim that we are hereby Far-East Dulwich

Anonymous said...

Now THAT"S satire! (Spelled s-h-i-t-e)

Penny said...

Can't wait! Bf and I have been wanting to attend something like this for awhile!

Anonymous said...

Crofton Park is the original Brockley.

BrockleyKate said...

South Blackheath, perhaps?

Claire said...

This sounds like good, potentially raucous fun. I shall be there.

Anonymous said...

If you take Jon's map of Brockley, then the centre of Brockley is close to the Brockley Barge. It is a large pub, you don't have to shout over loud music, the prices are competitive and the beer isn't at all bad. What more is there to say?

Anonymous said...

Hey I'm in, the problem you'll have is convincing the many conspicuous consumers round here who'd rather go to an 'ethical' (i.e. faddy and overpriced) establishment.

Mb said...

Well that's two of you.

Anonymous said...

The area near to Brockley Station used to be known as 'hither'.

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