Oh Tickle finger of fate!

More change at Brockley Cross. Tickle Me, the jerk bagel takeaway, has closed. A sign outside confirms that the property has been repossessed by the landlord.

Tickle Me customers contributed more than their fair share to the local litter problem, but the food was consistently tasty and a jerk bagel shop is too rare a thing in this world not to mourn its demise.

With thanks to Dave for the notice.

34 comments:

terrencetrentderby said...

This is good news for hard working local families.

Sign your name said...

Are you a politician?

Luke said...

Very disappointed. Friendly service and great food. Tickle Me you will be missed.

terrencetrentderby said...

Just a hard working local standing up for the hard working families. Are you versatile?

tim said...

In what practical way are your 'standing up for the hard working families'? Or is this just a figment of your imagination?

Brockley Mum said...

I loved the oxtail and rice'n'peas. So sad the business didn't make it. Please God don't let it be replaced with a 'craft beer selling, pulled pork' type cliched joint. Save us from homogeneity in Brockley

terrencetrentderby said...

Close to nothing really, why do you ask? Oh you thought I was being serious..

speculator said...

The homeogenity that has persisted Brockley Cross for many years was that of shops that attracted little custom and others that were little more than a hangout for criminals.

The area is improving, derelict shops are being renovated and new businesses are opening. That should be a reason for optimism.

sarah said...

noooo, that's really sad, the first thing i did in brockley 12 years ago was to try all the local jerk shops. their food was great

A_Aspinall said...

This made me really laugh - ha!

tim said...

god forbid I though you were being serious, but as time goes by you're getting more like monkeyboy . . .

Anonymous said...

Craft beer and pulled pork would make me very happy.

Monkeyboy said...

we're like the Ying to your Yang

Billy said...

Jerk chicken is simply all the bad cuts cooked in a very hot spicy sauce with an inflated price tag. Even my elderly Jamaican neighbour thinks they're garbage. Can't wait for them to go away

Gordon said...

What a bizarre description, I wouldn't know where to start with it so I won't bother. But you can't wait for what to go away? Jerk places?

terrencetrentderby said...

Fancy being our lucky Pierre?

Headhunter said...

Pulled pork and craft beer would be a change from fried chicken, money transfer and betting shops....

Chicken futures said...

Brockley Cross has always had a reputation as the place to buy drugs. Takeaways are often used as a front for dealing. There are incidents from time to time when the dealers start fighting and there are police raids.

It would be nice If that unwholesome trade would go away and we could have some honest businesses that serve a legitimate public need.

Either that or maybe the drugs could be legalised, then prescribed by doctors and dispensed by pharmacists. I'd vote for that.

There is still crack dealing going on in this part of Brockley. I do hope the authorities are keeping an eye on the situation and deal with it before there is another 'incident'.

A fried chicken shop that does a quality product would go down very well in Brockley.

Brockley Mum said...

Listen to Levi Roots go! Hilarious...that is so, so funny. I love this blog, really I do. My friends and I laugh and laugh. There must be a Nathan Barley style scripted comedy series to be made from the comments here.

"The Outsiders Take Over Brockley•

Or "Jerk Chicken Out"

retail observer said...

I wish it was as entertaining as Nathan Barley.

There is nothing very amusing about dealers using takeaways as a front for selling crack.

There are few smiles to raised by the bickering of cantankerous old class warriors who regard anything more than the basic necessities of existence as fripperies brought in by elitist class enemies.

This is a conversation that goes right across London where there are many areas suffering from derelict or ghost shops.

Brockley Cross is a bell-weather for the area.

If the shops turn around and people run successful businesses in Brockley Cross it speaks volumes about the prospects and potential of other shopping areas in Brockley.

posset said...

As someone who likes to buy and consume drugs I will miss the camaraderie of the dealer/buyer relationship if it is lost due to the closing down of a food establishment that rankles the chattering classes - fortunately drug supply is hardier than that.

Brockley Nick said...

1. When did everyone decide that Nathan Barley was actually good - I remember it being a good idea, poorly done and poorly received.
2. Don't think BX is a bellwether for the area - it's bringing up the rear in a process that has been under way for the best part of a decade.

Monkeyboy said...

Are you suggesting this closed because it was a front for drug dealing? perhaps they didnt make enought to cover the rent like...i dunno...a fish and chip shop in new cross.

I dont know byt the way, either do you

bright future said...

In a little while, you when you become feeble and infirm, from those
years of getting high for the Hell of it. The drugs you need to ward
off the multiple chronic conditions that wrack your body will be beyond
the ken of the dealers operating under the counter of dodgy takeaways.

You
will find that the government will control the supply of the drugs you
have been prescribed and your joshing will be directed more towards
doctors, nurses and the local pharmacist. I am sure they are all
looking forward to adding another addled rascal to their books.

Brockleymum said...

It wasn't funny at all. That's the point. It was cringe. Like many posters on this blog but the sad part is they don't know how absurd and ridiculous they sound. That's what makes it all so funny.

Seriously people I work with read this blog and they don't even live in Brockley!!!

Keep the jokes up my man. Doing a Stirling job.

Elementary.... said...

I would hazard a guess that it might have had something to do with customers being shot on the premises by local gangsters.

Maybe that unfortunate association had a bad affect on trade.

Monkeyboy said...

last year someone got beaten up in The Barge and bundled into the boot of a car. As far as i'm aware Whitherspoons isnt the center of the international cocaine trade. This is SE4 not The Wire

hedgemagnet said...

The police chopper is a-hoverin' over Brockley Cross as I type

posset said...

Tell you what then 'bright future' - say your well into religion, and say you spend a good bit of your time praying to whatever deity you choose 'for the hell of it', and your knees get crocked, and then, later in life you have to go into hospital and have your knees replaced due to your ridiculous religious charade - how will it be when you find the government controls the painkillers you've been prescribed?
Tell you what, I'd rather go my way . . .

Dan said...

Many people thought Nathan Barley was great, myself included but its not really applicable here. Partridge is probably more on the money in terms of a delusional lack of self awareness...and quite addictive it is too!!

PVP said...

Just watch Nathan Barley, what a great show, thank you for introducing it to me. Happened to be passing through Shoreditch this afternoon, it helped with my hipster spotting.

anon said...

are we going to get another uninspired pizza delivery instead?

testing said...

It's back!

Honest Fairy said...

Pizza is proper honest fare, especially when delivered to your front door. What is an inspired pizza delivery out of interest?

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