Tea Factory restaurant space up for sale (or rent)

The freehold for the largest commercial unit in the Tea Factory is up for sale (or as someone pointed out, rent, although the rent quoted on the site cannot be right). Formerly the home of Tea Dance for Little People, the space has A3 planning permission (cafe or restaurant) although the space is fairly small.

There is a lack of available restaurant space in the area and it will be interesting too see how quickly this gets snapped up, but with the improvements taking place in Brockley Cross and the amount of commercial activity around the station, we'd expect this to shift reasonably fast, assuming the landlord's realistic.

Among our predictions for this year is that one of the area's army of foodie entrepreneurs would take the plunge and open another place to eat locally (in addition to the Gantry). This might be the opportunity.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe someone who's doing well at the Brockley Market could set up a restaurant / cafe permanently here ...

Ben said...

It's also up for rent :D

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/commercial-property-to-let/property-34367209.html

Anonymous said...

Time for The Top Chef 2?

Would be nice to bring some decent grub and a place to get a proper cup of tea or coffee to the 'Cross!

Timmy2wheels said...

The location is always going to be a problem: a traffic-choked rat-run is just not conducive to, well, anything.

Anonymous said...

Is the gantry open yet?

Anonymous said...

Location isn't that great but rent is very low. £1333 a month for A3 use with outside space ain't bad at all.

If it serves good food people will come.

Brockley needs more commercial properties like this.

Brockley Nick said...

£1333 pcm is good value. But the website I've linked to says £16,000 pcm. Good old estate agents.

Dex said...

Nick, think the 16k rent is per year (so £1,333 per month)

Anonymous said...

Poor location with none of the Conservation area footfall passing that way. I think St Cyprians Hall could be a great new restaurant space or bar but suspect nobody takes the risk on it.

Brockley Nick said...

RE: footfall, yes it would need to work a bit harder to pull in the punters but if it's good, that should not be a problem, as Smiles Thai Cafe has proven. The price will reflect the lack of footfall.

Anonymous said...

If they turned the majority of the ground floor space at the Tea Factory into one area, it could easily work as a bar. The relative lack of surrounding neighbours would work in its favour. And there is clearly demand for it - look at how packed the Orchard is all the time. Would help to create that gravitational pull which areas with successful nightlife need.

Michael said...

I could see a burrito place working in there. There's nothing like it locally, it wouldn't require a lot of table space and burritos can balance quality and price easily enough to draw in a mixed crowd like the one that lives around here.

Ben said...

Smiles has a terrible location but its a success. This spot is a much better location.

Any business in Brockley needs to be good quality to rely on local repeat business.

CPR said...

I think the internal decor would have to be interesting enough that the punters could ignore the external view out the front. I have always loved Smiles 80's Thailand tourist office vibe!

Anonymous said...

Hopefully this blog may bring some awareness of the space to some budding restraunteurs!

Anonymous said...

Hemp cafe to synergise with the hydro shop?

THNick said...

I saw some work going at the restaurant just round the corner from there on Endwell road - anyone know anything? Is this the 3rd "new restaurant" that has started to be put in there in last 5 years?

Brockley Jon said...

How about Moonbow Jake's Two (Too?). A nice quirky little cafe bar with the odd bit of live music.

Michael (another one) said...

Tea Dance for Little People was one of the best things about Brockley. Perhaps somebody can buy the building and lease it to them again at a sensible rent (not £16k pcm).

Why do all the best shops fail?

Brockley Nick said...

Tea Dance hasn't technically gone away, it's just resting / looking for a new home.

And the good businesses locally don't fail. The good ones go from strength to strength. See the Brockley's Rock article above.

Anonymous said...

Yeah what is that restaurant thing on endwell road (the black house opposite martins yard, next to morley's)? looks like it's been sold

Brockley Ben said...

@Anon 1348 I think it's been sold for flats. The work they're doing on it maintains the big front window, though, so I'm not sure I'd want to live there. Looks like they're doing a good job though.

Ed (CPZ) said...

As a TF resident I am still hoping La Brasserie will open a BX branch.

Brockley Nick said...

@Sal - no, he's not and no, that's not it. As ever, email me if you have any questions on mod policies.

Anonymous said...

I hope they try harder than Smiles, which has zero atmosphere. If only they played some nice Thai music rather than just have the telly on!

Anonymous said...

is there any news on the empty unit at the Tea Factory?

NewToBrockley said...

Sorry, this is a little off topic, but I've been looking at one of the TF flats and wondering what it's like to live there (fingers crossed for someone good to take over the empty unit).

Love the building but have heard some mixed reports about the freeholder, DPS... would any of the resident(s?) above be able to offer any advice or info? Would really appreciate it!

Anonymous said...

i have just bought one of the empty flats in the tea factory and i can honestly say it was the worst experience of my life. not sure if it was entirely the fault of DPS or if Acorn (the estate agents) played a part in it, but every single thing that could go wrong did go wrong. in fact, i'm still waiting to transfer the payment as the developers have STILL not given my solicitors all the insurance certificates required by them to secure the mortgage, and everything has been completely in process since 10th march. bizarrely, the developers had just sold another flat in the building a week before ours so how they dont have all their insurance certificates to hand is beyond me. i would be very, very wary about renting the space formally rented by tea dance for little people as even getting the developers to answer their phone can take up to a week. still, i'm very excited about actually moving in to the building, so hopefully it will be so pleasurable all these months of uncertainty and waiting will have been worth it!

NewToBrockley said...

Thanks for your comment @Anonymous! I've gone ahead and have had exactly the same, incredibly frustrating, experience with DPS and their solicitors so far. It's helpful to hear I'm not the only one, though they now seem to be getting their act together.

Good luck with the rest of your move and hopefully see you there! Seems like a great place to live and hopefully all worth it. And there's always the right to manage...

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