Coming soon: South [UPDATED]

South is the name of the new restaurant being created on Brockley's West Side, next to Brockley Station, in central Brockley.

The restaurant will replace Broca Food Market on Mantle Road. Work began on the refurbishment this weekend and they hope to be open by April.

The name reflects the fact that the chefs are antipodean and will be bringing influences from their homelands to SE4. Emma from the team says:

It will be a café by day and, you know, a really good neighborhood restaurant by night. We'll be serving proper weekend brunch, befitting the antipode training and sensibilities of the kitchen.

We're totally delighted with the location and site and really can't wait to get started. The chef is a New Zealander trained at some staggeringly good places in Melbourne (which might give some inkling of the high coffee/brunch/produce standards going on), and the founding front-of-house staff include an Aussie barista and a couple of (Southern) European managers/wine dudes. Me, I'm originally from Boston, MA, but proud to live South of the Thames! 

Looking forward to keeping everybody up to date and of course, to welcoming you in the spring. We'd like all of you to be regular guests and our menus, hours, and prices will reflect this.

37 comments:

Expat said...

That's nice, big space - should be fab!

Can't wait said...

Fantastic! That is very good news. Welcome South! Great space, great location. Looking forward to it.

HappyKiwi said...

Welcome to the area, South! From a fellow antipodean who will be frequenting regularly!

se4er said...

I was hoping for something else, but this is great too.

shed209 said...

Hang in there. I'm sure that soon somebody will open that bondage parlour of your dreams

Rowan said...

Grest news! Welcome. From your neighbours at Mantle Court!

BacktoBrock said...

Woo hoo! Welcome from us too. Perhaps this will be the tipping point for an acceleration of new restaurants to Brockley. Good luck with the refurb and I look forward to eating there in April...

FSC said...

Hoping for something exciting to move into 'midtown' area.

Damian said...

I second that. Brockley deserves a chicken parma

anon said...

Nice, can we also have an update on Coulgate Street consultations?

anon said...

Woohoo! Another Aussie in the area is happy ... I'm hoping they Aussie grade coffee on offer too for weekends. I live in a street nearby and it will be great to have an antipodean place to go for brunch.

Bruce said...

Looking forward to meat pies, rissoles, lamingtons and tim tams.

goreystory said...

Hi all, this is Emma from team South - thanks so much for the nice welcomes, we're totally delighted with the location and site and really can't wait to get started. The chef is a New Zealander trained at some staggeringly good places in Melbourne (which might give some inkling of the high coffee/brunch/produce standards going on), and the founding front-of-house staff include an Aussie barista and a couple of (Southern) European managers/wine dudes. Me, I'm originally from Boston, MA, but proud to live South of the Thames! Looking forward to keeping everybody up to date and of course, to welcoming you in the spring. We'd like all of you to be regular guests and our menus, hours, and prices will reflect this :) . peace!-e

Aricana said...

Fantastic news!

anon said...

Very excited!

Pizza snob said...

To repeat everyone else - this sounds great and I can't wait. But does anyone know where the Broca is heading to yet? Surely by now it must be known?

SE4Estate said...

Will there be jobs available and if so, where would be the best place to be kept updated?
Thanks

goreystory said...

hi there! not in the first instance - we've got to make some money first :) . but with time, yes, hopefully!

I heard that ... said...

I heard that they were calling it a day and just focussing on the cafe for the time being.

anon said...

There's a retail space available opposite Nisa that would be perfect for a new broca

Rhian said...

Sad to see the BFM go as I used that an awful lot but this place sounds great! Definitely like the idea of it being an all-day kind of venue, hope the prices are reasonable enough to make it a regular destination. I look forward to checking it out!

Pizza snob said...

That's a damn shame. Without wanting to start up one of these ridiculous Eastside/Westside wars, they could get a lot more footfall in another location, and pretty much anywhere along Brockley Road. The empty KFH office at the north end of Crofton Park seems pretty ripe, as do plenty of useless units all around SE4.

Brockley Banker said...

Its a great addition, i look forward to see how the degenerates who loiter outside the William Hill will react to having people sat outside, where will they go to the loo??

terrencetrentderby said...

Ahh the "gentlemen of the road" standing there with their cans of Special Brew, intimidating the earthy moms that used to shop in BFM. They are harmless but just like the dog turds along Revelon Road; annoying and unsightly. Time to clean them up, I'm sure they'll be the first guests in the UKIP Labour Camps for the Unemployed after the election.

terrencetrentderby said...

BFM was very hit and miss though...

Rose Bud said...

They are actually selling bread and some veggies in the cafe - not that they have put a sign on the shop or anything

social observer said...

Brockley will always have its demi-monde.

bon viveur said...

my appetite is whetted.....when can we see a menu?

Martin said...

Sounds great. I also like the idea of being open the whole day: cafe + restaurant

goreystory said...

pretty soon :) i'll pass you details of the website once we've got it live!

Fido said...

Where do you stand on the dog question? I go out everyday with the dog, some places welcome him (The Waiting Room, the new Italian in Lewis Grove, Notes in St Martins Lane etc) and some don't.

goreystory said...

Hiya!


Dogs get held to exactly the same standards as human guests: everybody's welcome, so long as he/she is reasonably clean and doesn't attack the others. Also, no charge for treats.

Fido said...

Wow, or rather bow-wow! We'll be there!

Waccas said...

As an Aussie native residing in Brockley for over 5 years now, I can't tell you how excited this makes me! I mean it will never beat a beige sharer from the Barge, but I'm willing to give it a go ;)

Bashi Bazouk said...

Same here!

Ofiucus said...

A bit in another direction from other comments but I hope you will be creative enough to cater to your vegan locals. Look forward to it!

Paul said...

Any update on this? Do we know an opening date yet?

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