Pub Spy on Jam Circus

Editor: This is a joke, right? I mean this is the stupidest thing I've ever read!
Homer: What's wrong with it?
Editor: You keep using words like "Pasghetti" and "Momatoes" You make numerous threatening references to the UN and at the end you repeat the words "Screw Flanders" over and over again.
Homer: Oh, it's so hard to get to 500 words.
- The Simpsons, Guess Who's Coming to Criticise Dinner?

The News Shopper Pub Spy has turned his libidinous gaze on Jam Circus and found the place and its clientele to his liking. Highlights include:

For beer lovers, there is an exciting variety of bottled nectar on offer including Floisgaarden Fruit in different flavours (£3.70), Peroni (£3.10) and Purity Ubu/Purity Mad Goose England Ale (£3.50).

The cocktail list is even more lovely with wonderfully named weekly specials.

Mouth-watering food made from scratch with, where possible, local ingredients is described so incredibly on the menu I was devastated we’d already eaten dinner...

But my favourite of the night was an elderly gentleman’s white shirt decorated with cacti, guitars, red musical notes and song lyrics. This coupled with his John Lennon style round glasses, cheered my evening up no end. They really know how to light up a room in Brockley.

Read the full review here.

36 comments:

kolp said...

Not related... but Catford Tavern appears to have unleashed pent up demand for roasts. i have tried have sunday lunch there several times in the past 2 months & each time there's been 'no room at the inn'...

Anonymous said...

where is the best roast in the area? i love The Orchard and New Cross House but sure there's other brilliant places in the area. Theres probably a more appropriate thread for this...

Anonymous said...

You have to pay to use the board games!!!

Brockley Nick said...

Not in my experience, you don't.

kolp said...

Personally, i'd say th Talbot is the best local roast. Super fast service, bread,olive oil & balsamic at the table.

The puddings are dire though.
Extras: Sunday papers, no hipsters(generally)

Anonymous said...

Boards games are a £5 deposit, so you get it back when you return it.

Al said...

The Catford Bridge Tavern is fast becoming the best pub in south east London. The food and the beer are superb.
Jam Circus is great too, of course.

kolp said...

It wouldn't surprise me, Catford is really picking up. Catford has always been a place for families to get huge amounts of space at a keen price. Prior you'd have to sacrifice an element of lifestyle. But now with the sunday food market, community events, rejuvenated fields. Senior schools improving and actively striving for achievement, there's lots of good stuff on the doorstep.

Al said...

All very true. Catford is on the up!

Anonymous said...

The Amersham Arms kitchen has changed hands recently, it's now run by some people called The Guildable Manor who have a place in Borough Market - the food there is now beautiful and the Sunday roasts are top notch!

Ewhursty said...

Shame they've turned so many previously loyal customers like myself into enemies by their owner's attempts to build Crofton Park's ugliest ever development opposite the Brockley Jack...

Anonymous said...

Many of us less vocal locals like what's going on over from the 'Jack.

Ewhursty said...

No problems if you like overscale buildings towering over your own garden and your side street turned into a lorry carpark but those of us who don't have every right to feel pissed off with the way Antic has behaved, and to spend our pub time somewhere else as a result. I'm not saying everyone should boycott Jam Circus, I'm saying me and quite a few other Crofton Park residents are doing so.

Anonymous said...

It would be nice to understand what Antic are up to.

They seem to a be evolving from a well regarded company that has turned around many pubs that were dying and injected style and innovation. To a dodgy developer that is thrusting radical new builds in places that are clearly inappropriate, much to the consternation of the locals.

This is not a good look.

Fattyfattybumbum said...

Anyone eaten at the Gantry yet? It always seems to be shut for some reason or another... Feels like we have lost a 7 day cafe to gain a 5 day expensive bar which rarely has the kitchen open... I guess it may be teething issues so will see how they fare in a few weeks...

Brockley Nick said...

Yes loads of people have, have a look on... the gantry review thread.

It is open regularly.

Anonymous said...

So if what you're saying is that Jam Circus now effectively has less NIMBYs... I think I'll be popping down there now for some fare!

Brockley Nick said...

*Fewer NIMBYs* 'Less' describes a quantity, not a number.

Tom said...

there is something quite odious about the writing of pubspy. he reads like a slimy dickensian bad guy.

Mb said...

Can I be the first to say that I'm not, and never have been, that bothered if my food is "locally sourced". What does that mean in London? Bought in London is sourced, grown in London? Within the m25? Uk produce? Foreign produce grown in the uk? All of the above so long as its seasonal?

*rage*

Barbara said...

It's not a question of NIMBY-ism in this case - I certainly believe this is a case of Not In Anyone's Back Yard. Not in anyone's backyard should a company be able to pull down half a building without a demolition permit and fence off a public right of way. We're not saying they shouldn't do it here - we're saying they shouldn't be allowed to do it anywhere.

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Anonymous said...

No just a deposit that will be given back to you when you bring the game back to the bar in the condition it was leant to you!

Anonymous said...

That has absolutely nothing to do with the pub or even their company...

Anonymous said...

That's really sad. It isn't Antic. You really shouldn't listen to everything you hear...

Anonymous said...

IT ISN'T ANTIC!!!!!!!!!
Antic are a pub group/company who buy rundown pubs and make the great. Black Ant are a buildings company that have absolutely NOTHING to do with Antic!

Anonymous said...

How did that rumour start then?

Anonymous said...

Could we perhaps request a statement from Antic, to clarify whether the Crofton Park site is indeed them? I've been told with absolute certainty by several people that it's them.
If it is, then it's a shame. I used to quite admire them as a grassroots local company which was doing good things with neglected venues. Now they seem to have become a bit power-crazed and out-of-touch with their local audience.

Anonymous said...

From what I've heard the company that owned that building (black ant or whoever) went into administration so it's probably the administrators trying to get the most they can back from it. They do tend to have little regard for communities. Bit silly to avoid one of the nicer pubs in the area over misinformed gossip if you ask me but then I guess you're the only ones losing out!

Anonymous said...

Heer Heer!

Anonymous said...

If you decide not to go to Jam Circus just because of false rumours that the site is owned by antic (which it isn't) you'll be the only one losing out!

Anonymous said...

So what if it is. A few vegetarians not turning up won't hurt them.

Anonymous said...

I've lived in crofton park for almost 5 years and love it here! It's such a shame that some people here love to spread such malicious gossip that could have a damaging affect on one of the communities' best bars! Over Brockley Max I spent quite a lot of time in Jam Circus as they put on events for us all practically every day, they also provided a safe haven for those of us who didnt fancy being surrounded by screaming football fans when the Euros were on! It seems as if people are perpetuating the idea that they are somehow responsible for the Tesco development despite no evidence of it and from what some people are saying its a completely different company that are responsible. Maybe it's just rival businesses attempts at getting some of their customers? To be honest I haven't found many other places to eat around here that are so tolerant of my little terrors running around the place or who serve up such a tasty roast! Congrats to all those at jam for such a good review (to bring it back to the topic the post was SUPPOSED to be about!)

Anonymous said...

Quote:

"IT ISN'T ANTIC!!!!!!!!!
Antic are a pub group/company who buy rundown pubs and make the great. Black Ant are a buildings company that have absolutely NOTHING to do with Antic!"


Except they have the same director:

http://company-director-check.co.uk/director/906648532

Anonymous said...

I find it funny how certain people are making a point of avoiding Jam Circus but not mentioned any of the other local pubs part of the same company - Catford Bridge Tavern, The Ravensbourne Arms, The Royal Albert, The Sylvan Post... I could go on. Are all these decent pubs going to get boycotted too?! Ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

Quote:

"IT ISN'T ANTIC!!!!!!!!!
Antic are a pub group/company who buy rundown pubs and make the great. Black Ant are a buildings company that have absolutely NOTHING to do with Antic!"


Except they have the same director:

http://company-director-check.co.uk/director/906648532


First of all: GET A LIFE! Seriously, have people got nothing better to do than go and research company directors?! Laughable. Secondly, after checking out the website 'Anonymous' posted, it clearly states that The Black Company has gone in to administration, therefore doesn't have anything to do with Jam Circus!

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