Brockley Central Drinks, March 14th, The Old Haberdasher

Marissa: Just as long as you promise to take it easy. 
Frank: What do you mean? 
Marissa: You know exactly what I mean. You've come along way since Frank the Tank and we don't want him coming back do we? 
Frank: Honey, Frank the Tank is not coming back, ok? That part of me is over. Water under the bridge. I promise. 
- Old School 

After two years away, Brockley Central Drinks returns on Wednesday, March 14th. The Old Haberdasher on Lewisham Way is our chosen venue. 7.30pm is our chosen start time.

Come one, come all, to what could possibly be the greatest night that Brockley has ever known.

49 comments:

cllr mike harris said...

What time does it go on till.... I'd really like to turn up later, but got an event beforehand

Brockley Nick said...

Until they close.

JonBoy said...

Excellent, been meaning to go here – think they’ll be grateful of the business too, it always seems worryingly empty when I’ve walked passed it!

Brockley Nick said...

@JB - yes, part of the idea is to show support to local businesses, look forward to seeing you there.

Anonymous said...

Do we all wear red roses in our lapels?

Anonymous said...

How do we know who is from BC? I've never met anyone before and coming on my own...

Anonymous said...

Just wear your BDS badges.

Anonymous said...

Look for the people who look obviously vegetarian and who inexplicably brought their kids along. Just listen for the shouts of "Hugo!"

Anonymous said...

Hugo is a lovely name.

Anonymous said...

And that's why you're going.

Hugo said...

What's your name then Anonymous? Or do people mainly just call you 'wanker'?

Fattyfattybumbum said...

Well I'd call him/her a wanker

Brockley Nick said...

@Anon 1539 - we will have a reserved area and Jon, Kate and I will make sure that we hang around the BC area in the early stages at the very least, so you can say hello. You shouldn't have any problems.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that the Old Haberdasher has returned to Brockley. I could have sworn that the stabbing incident earlier had redefined the area back to New Cross?

Brockley Nick said...

If you are referring to the Shardeloes Rd incident we simply quoted London Tonight verbatim. Feel free to take up your boundary issues with them.

Cuppicake said...

Could be the greatest night Brockley has ever known until they turn on the lights at 10:30 cos your group is the only group in the place.

I'm only speaking from experience. Our Christmas do was ruined by a bartender eager to get home.

And don'[t bother with the food.

But have fun! :)

Brockley Nick said...

Well we did warn them it will hopefully be a nice big group, so don't envisage any problems like that.

Cuppicake said...

well, yes, fair enough, we were a loud, big group of rowdy old mums cackling about all sorts of things most people would be shocked by. End of term and all.

Nice and big group may get the special treatment. :)

Anonymous said...

Will there be an onsite creche? Finlay only eats gluten-free non-dairy.

Brockley Nick said...

@Cuppicake - might confirm post-11pm closing with them, just in case ;)

Gocz said...

Why did you chose a pub in new cross and not somewhere in brockley?

Mb said...

Blimey Gocz, if early Homo Sapiens were all like you we'd still be grubbing for worms on the African plains. SE4 wold have been but a dream. There's a whole world out there, break free. Run like the wind......

Anonymous said...

at a guess they chose the pub because it's in the Brockley ward. Jeez, I thought postcode wars were only of concern of gangsta wannabe teens.

I was in old haberdashers last Friday, although quiet ish, not bad atmosphere, music not too loud that you can;t hear people talk, and the bar manager, I presume, seemed friendly enough. had a better time than past experiences. Perhaps they've turned a corner

Anonymous said...

Just checked their website to see if they'll be doing food.

While the dishes may vary we will always stay true to our belief that food should be home made, seasonal and wherever possible British and locally sourced.

What a surprise. Dishonest fare.

Anonymous said...

Really takes the central out of Brockley Central. Was looking forward to this but not now... Brockley Jack would've been a better choice.

NAT said...

But still you're going Anon 00:35?

Wow, your ability to cope with what life throws up is inspiring.

Mb said...

Expect he'll be drinking whine all evening.

Heh, heh, heh......

tyrwhitt ali said...

I'm sure I'll regret this, but I don't view the Brockely Jack as any more Central than the Old Haberdasher. I'm looking forward to it.

Anonymous said...

Brockley Jack is clearly more central... The Old Haberdasher is almost next to two stations with New Cross in the name. The original centre of Brockley is at Crofton Park station. Even the photo on (the highly accurate and ever reliable...) wikipedia of "Brockley High Street" is the Crofton Park stretch, so a pub on the main Brockley High Street is probably pretty central?

Brockley Nick said...

In terms of the readership of this site, the only place that is particularly central is around Brockley Station. We needed somewhere that is big and ideally we wanted somewhere that could do with some support. The Old Haberdasher is consistently described as a decent pub in need of more customers. Ta da!

Over the course of Brockley Central Drinks, we have visited lots of different areas: The Wickham, The Talbot, Jam Circus and The Ladywell Tavern so far. This will be the next. It will not be the last.

Anonymous said...

Yes - not having a go at the choice or the logic behind it. Just replying to the comment that it is no less central Brockley than the Brockley Jack.

Anonymous said...

I wasn't going to post, but then I felt an irrepressible urge to complain about a ten minute walk from Brockley Station for the sake of a benevolent social gathering. And you call yourself friends.



Phew... that felt good.

Brockley Ben said...

Among all the tiresome "mung" nonsense that gets churned out on anonymous autopilot on this site, the bit that bemuses me most is the dishonest fare theme.

I love food and care where it comes from. But equally I can understand people who don’t: people who either see food as fuel and don’t much care for what it is, or who enjoy eating but don’t care about how it’s produced. I’d argue against these points of view (particularly the latter) but I accept that it’s part of a multi-faceted worldview and one of the consequences of decades of development and investment into the industrialisation of food production. I like being able to buy food cheaply myself, of course. I just choose to be picky about certain foodstuffs where I can.

What I don’t get is the “dishonest” label. How, for instance, can anyone label as dishonest a pub (whose food they haven’t tried) when all they’ve done is openly state that they like to produce seasonal, local food? In what way is that dishonest? I can guarantee there are pubs in the area selling “homemade” food that has come straight out of a freezer. It might have been home-assembled but most of the making has been done in an industrial unit in another part of the country. Is that more honest?

I know I’m (ahem) feeding some knee-jerk trollish behaviour here, but I’m generally interested in this perceived disparity. How did caring about what you eat and where it comes from become seen as dishonest by some people in this little corner of the world?

Anonymous said...

I find the honest vs dishonest fare jokes generally slightly funnier than the mung and BDS jokes

Mondee said...

The BDS jokes are occasionally a little bit witty, with puns etc. The honest/dishonest thing is just baffling. I'm with Brockley Ben. I would have thought food billed as 'homemade' that isn't really, as described by Ben, is much more dishonest than locally sourced produce cooked from scratch on site. Surely that was always what was supposed to happen with food. It just seems to be a total contradiction. Is that the joke? Don't geddit.

Brockley Kate said...

The centre of Brockley is Brockley Station. Therefore, other than the first-ever drinks at the Wickham Arms, this meet-up is probably the most central one so far!

Anonymous said...

Factually it is not however the second closest. If you take the centre of Brockley to be Brockley Station, in a straight line the Wickham is 0.35 miles, Jam Circus 0.6, Talbot 0.65 and Haberdashers 0.7. Only the Ladwell Tavern (0.9) has been a further away Brockley Central drinks.

On a walking distance the Talbot and Old Haberdashers switch around.

NAT said...

Have you factored in the relative slopes?

Brockley Nick said...

Oh god, not the relative slopes thing! I recall getting slaughtered for suggesting that The Talbot was on a gradual downward slope from Brockley station.

I can't remember why that error caused such offense, but it was probably something to do with a secret agenda on behalf of Big Yellow.

BrockleyKate said...

It's because people don't like walking up a hill to get to the pub. So anything that involves going uphill - Talbot, Haberdasher - is at a disadvantage.
People do forget that pubs on hills mean that your walk home is downwards, though. You could roll home, in fact.

mb said...

Anon's always seek the lowest energy level (intelectual or otherwise) they therfore tend to gravitate (heh, heh..) to pubs that are downhill.

It's physics.

NAT said...

So MB, if I read you right they would be 'inclined' to go toward a downhill pub?

Danja said...

As it is anons of which we speak, surely some sort of limp meh to physics at best.

NAT said...

And would that be stationary downhill pub or one that's going rapidly downhill,I wonder?

Mb said...

And wha if it's in an up and coming area? I've not thought this through.

Anonymous said...

you boys need to get a room

gibby said...

I hope there's room for the socially inept - I'm toying with forgoing my anonymity which is actually quite scary

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The Swanmeister said...

Would love to go to this, but have 2 things on already that evening :( I'll try and make the next one.

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