Bellydancing and dining at the Brockley Mess

The Brockley Mess, which used to get twitchy if a baby buggy wheel rolled over an imaginary line from the cafe area to the gallery area, has decided to let it all hang out, by hosting bellydancing nights, in partnership with local pop-up Turkish restaurateur Olly. They say:

An exciting collaboration with Olly’s Turkish and Ninoushka Bellydance promising to be a great evening that brings together dancing, music and food! So work up an appetite by wiggling and shimmying with Nina before sitting down to a Turkish meal!

The evening will consist of an introductory bellydance session, where you will learn a fun and easy dance to an upbeat piece of music which we will all dance together. No restrictions for age, gender or fitness level, we want you to all come and enjoy yourselves. The gents are more than welcome to join too.

The event is on August 1st. Tickets here.

21 comments:

brockley fan said...

I have to say I am a mother myself so I totally understand parents need to get out with their kids, but I would definitely welcome a cafe that was child-free!

Singleton said...

That sounds quite heretical in Brockley where over attentive parenting seems to be norm. Any cafe that proclaimed itself child-free would be inviting trouble.


The belly dancing sounds like it will be quite a family friendly event. I am sure the kids will have a great time.

anonymous said...

I don't think Cafe's in Brockley/Crofton Park can afford to be arrogant enough to not let children in. After all while the rest of us are at work, it's the mums, dads with their kids who are often the lifeline of these businesses. Any cafe stupid enough to not see this doesn't deserve to be in business and probably won't last long anyway.

bad attitude said...

That sounds very pompous. Such harsh words for people and businesses that do not conform to your current lifestyle expectations.

anonymous said...

how is that pompous? it's pompous for any business to think it can afford to be exclude kids(or anyone else for that matter). Especially in an area that isn't exactly bursting at the seams with customers. Businesses that stand the test of time are normally the ones that are nice to their customers. If you can think of one long standing business that isn't then please let me know. I'd love to be proved wrong.

Brockley Nick said...

I agree with you, except for the bit about bursting at the seams with customers. A lot of places ARE bursting at the seams with customers. The good ones, at least.

anonymous said...

Maybe on a Friday or Saturday night but not sure about the rest of the time.

Monkeyboy said...

Oh I don't know, the orchard does a brisk lunchtime trade as does the London particular. Not busting but not struggling. Can't say I find kids especially annoying, most are perfectly well behaved. If some ain't, we'll they're kids.

bad attitude said...

I am guessing you have had an argument with the long suffering staff at one of our local businesses. Having seen how some customers behave it does not surprise me.


There are plenty of alternatives in the area and you might find another where the staff have a higher patience threshold that meets your expectations.


Try Wetherspoons.

Shed said...

Got to laugh at people that live in se4 but don't like kids. Maybe try a pub after 7pm? Other than that you're screwed (or not as the case may be, to judge solely on your stance on reproduction)!

Headhunter said...

To be fair, the influx of kids in SE4 has been relatively recent. I don;t have much prob with kids but there are a lot more kids and families around than there used to be back in 2006 when it was more students, social housing tenants and hippies....

terrencetrentderby said...

Notwithstanding the muggings, crap train service and higher rate of paupers Brockley was definetely more interesting back then. Its a great place to raise the family now though.
God knows why anyone young and single would want to live here, there have been a few attractive ladies standing on the platform of late though so all is not a write off.

hedgemagnet said...

I'll see your 2006 (when Bockley was already sanitised in my eyes) and raise you a 1994

Rose Bud said...

I always find Brockley Mess rather uncomforatable and unfriendly- much preferred it when it was that dark place with no light bulbs (what was it called?)

Shed said...

Moonbow Jakes. That was one of the great quirky places when we moved here in about 05. The others were maybe the Thai place on foxberry road (boy booze) toads mouth, Mr Lawrence and Jam. Moonbows was great because of the mix of people and furniture, coffee, alcohol and good music in one place. And sharing tables

Shed said...

BYO booze, that should say!

win some, lose some said...

The Mess does have some of the best cafe food in the area, Moonbows was never in danger of that.

Rose Bud said...

I love Wetherspoons. 1980's prices for wine and beer, friendly staff, and a big cross-section of our community.

For the most family friendly place in the neighbourhood I would say the Hill Station is the best. Lots of room, friendly management and over the road from the park. Arlo & Moe is too small (although food and drink lovely), Brockley Mess unfriendly, Broca, horrible coffee and Browns lovely food and coffee but not much room either.

Brockley Nick said...

Moonbow Jakes is (together with the Foxberry Thai place) the only "old Brockley" place I miss. I think the guy who ran it called it quits just too soon. If he'd hung on a year or two more, the influx of new people to the area would have given that place new life.


Still, the Brockley Mess is a fine alternative.

a quite cafe said...

There are also cafes on Hilly Fields and in Ladywell Fields and a couple of cafes in Ladywell that are on the baby buggy patrol. Jam circus also has room for kids to run around. Truly, your cup runneth over!


When I see parents gossiping with their friends, while their kids throw food around, I really feel for the staff at these cafes. Every now and again they have to say something. Every business has its difficult and troublesome customers, I guess.


Given that there are so many places for mothers and babies, it would be nice to find a place that is quiet and peaceful.

terrencetrentderby said...

What not Principles Jazz bar on the WESTSIDE?

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