Mess nights - a message from the Brockley Mess

Tim from the Brockley Mess has been in touch with an update from the popular cafe - as ever, we're happy to pass on the message to Brockley Central readers. So here he is:

Firstly, we'd like to thank everyone for their patronage over the past couple of months. Positive comments in the cafe and on the blog have been hugely encouraging, and the less favourable ones have given us food for thought; we hope we will continue to improve.

From day one there has been a tidal wave of opinion that we should open in the evenings. We were always going to do this but didn't want to run before we could walk, so to speak.

Now that we have found our feet a bit, I am happy to announce that we will be dangling a few toes into the murky waters of evening opening. So, from now until further notice, we will be open all day until 11pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Our full opening times will now be:
Monday-Wednesday: 9am - 6pmThursday-Saturday: 9am-11pmSunday: 10am-6pm
We are offering a short, snacky evening menu featuring some of our most popular daytime dishes and some delicious new things for you to try. We have a good and very keenly-priced range of beers, wines and spirits. And we also now have music! If these late opening evenings prove to be a success, we will very likely start opening later throughout the week.
In other news, the gallery space at the back of the cafe now has a name - cueB. Over the coming months we will be exhibiting a number of different artists, and also giving the good people of Brockley the chance to see their work on the walls - more about this soon. This week the gallery changes from the excellent Thion exhibition which we have staged since opening to an exhibition by the artist Beatrice Poggio entitled Women of the Wood. Please come down this Thursday evening, 12th November, 7-9pm for the not-so-private view.
For those who don't know, we have a Facebook group and a website on the way.

And finally, a date for your diary. Please don your finest Val Doonican christmas jumper and come to our Brockley Xmess Party on Saturday 12th December.

I can't tell you exactly what we have planned yet (because I'm not entirely sure myself) but there will definitely be mulled wine, mince pies, music and merriment into the small hours.
All for now
Tim Arnold, Brockley Mess


quick brown fox said...


Viva Royal Teas said...

Thanks Tim. Really enjoyed my brunch the other day, but...

Could you do something about the acoustics? It's such an echoey din in there when full that it would genuinely put me off visiting again. Perhaps a softer covering on floor or on a couple of walls would have an effect? There must be a solution.

Best of luck.

Timmy2wheels said...

@Viva Royal Teas

You're not the first to mention the acoustics. We have thought about it but it's not an easy problem to solve. Cafes (particularly child-friendly ones) are simply not the place for soft floors and I can't see Ray carpeting over his beloved archive photos or Victorian tiles... Short of installing Albert Hall-style mushrooms in the ceiling I'm not sure there is a solution.

Those who have been in at different times of day will know that it can be very quiet and tranquil at times, and very noisy at others. If you prefer quieter, try coming in the morning between 10:30 and 12, or after the lunch rush at around 3pm.

Again, it's back to the old story of trying to be all things to all people - an impossible task, though we're trying to be as accomodating as possible.

Tim, Brockley Mess

Pete said...

There are quite a few ceiling mounted solutions to noise here

Anonymous said...

Yay! So that's a 3rd BC drinks to plan before Christmas ...!

Pete said...


It's a great place - thanks for your hard work.

Graham said...

Well done- it's a great place and we love going there with our four month old! Love the gallery but given how busy it gets maybe it could be some time for more funky green tables?

tim - are going to able to serve Food outside - would be great for summer!

Timmy2wheels said...

@ Pete - thanks!

@ Graham - re the gallery, I appreciate what you're saying but we're trying to do something different to most cafes which simply put art on the walls with a price tag underneath. It's hard not to think of it as part of the cafe (which of course it is) but we also want it to become known and respected as a gallery in its own right. Quite apart from that, we have small kitchen for the number of covers we have and putting more tables inside would probably cripple us! Better to keep the standard of food and service high than try to cram more in.

With regards the outside, yes, the plan is to have some tables out the front and back when the clement weather returns. I know there are plans to do more work at the back to jazz things up a bit.

Hope that helps.

Anonymous said...

I like the place, but your standard of service is not 'high'.
Far from it. Every time I go there my table is left with dirty dishes and someone else's food.

That said, you serve french toast!! :)

Timmy2wheels said...

@ Anon

Fair comment. We do try to keep the place clean and tidy but maybe we need to work on that a bit more.

Anonymous said...

Top marks for interacting with customers so openly on here and taking criticism on the chin! :)

Graham said...

Thanks for replying Tim - I agree with Kate that it's great that you are answering questions from punters.

Good point on kitchen to covers. That's fair enough.

I think the service is really good and I've never had a problem with the acoustics.

It's a dead good place. Nice one.

Anonymous said...

And now it seems to be closed in the evenings....

Ho hum...

Anonymous said...

It is only open until 11pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays....

Anonymous said...

A note on the door says that this has changed for some reason.

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