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Moonbow Jakes, Brockley

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This no longer exists in this format. Now a cafe called The Brockley Mess; I'm not sure if it has an alcohol license or not but its a decent cafe.
PeteinSQ - 4 Oct 2010 11:31
Not sure what other people are really saying about Moonbows, it's a great place, quirky with great music.

Although admittedly it does need more comfortable chairs and more great live music would be good, other than that it's a great local place that's a great asset to Brockley.
K2theB - 31 Aug 2008 22:26
I agree with many of the comments here about it being pretentious. Though recently I observed a sandwich allowing for adaptation, this was the first ever time and I have requested it often myself.

It is a cliquey place, there is one guy who goes there every day (maybe he is the owner) and it all tries to be a bit like 'Cheers' in terms of greeting regualars, except there is not a cool bar, comfy places to sit that wont break your back getting up and also staff at best tolerate you if you are not part of the gang. I used to live round the corner and initially went at least once or twice a week as I wanted to like it but I have never felt welcomed.

Pros: Nice food of good quality (though arguable overpriced), like the fact they use another local business in Brockley to supply some of their sandwiches. Nice enough to sit out front. Occassionaly have good entertainment (bands, singers, dancers etc)

Cons: See above. Tries too hard. The art work they are displaying at the moment (fake Warhol) to support an artist is an example of how cool they are trying to be. Dull and boring. The music they play is cool admittedly, but knows it, and I do get ther feeling that they try and play the most obscure stuff just to prove they are hip and ahead.

Go to cafe neu across the road in my opinion, better tea, coffee and hot chocolate, and better cakes.


anonymous - 7 Sep 2007 14:39
i find it worrying that when, a few saturdays ago, they couldn't open due to staffing, there were people outside obviously in great despair.

i want to like moonbows, but i just can't. the ethos of the place, regulars and staff appears to be 'we are very, very special'.

menu is limited and unadaptable- apparently it is not possible to order one of their limited selection of overpriced sandwiches minus, say, lettuce. drinks are vastly overpriced, even more so the food (and rubbish cookies!).

full of bobos discussing house prices whilst cradling their babies in one of those ridiculous built-in sling tops.

quite nice interior and lighting, unless you were planning to actually read one of the newspapers provided. hear, hear on the chairs- there is no happy medium between classroom-style and almost lying down.

useful notice board up at the back if you're a brockley resident.

bearable, very occasionally, if it's your local.


ando - 2 Jul 2007 11:28
I don't know why I never feel comfortable in this place. My husband sometimes suggests going and I resist. I think it is because it has very strange chairs. There isn't a normal comfortable chair or table in the place. There are chairs at an enormous communal table at which gloomy individuals sit. There are trendy chairs perched high over small low tables too tiny to put much on or those soft of half-armchairs that women with pushchairs tend to converge on. If it sorted out the seats I might like it more. Also a bit claustrophobic. But that might be the presence of the chairs...
spincat - 13 Jun 2007 19:20
This pub is vibeless, soul-less, unwelcoming and pretentious. The clicky gang that are welcomed their (by their friends, the staff) spend much time staring out newcomers and making them feel uncomfortable. the staff will stick a petition under your nose before they serve you and the service is dire - the coffee warm, thick, black stewed rubbish is expensive rubbish. My son and girlfriend tried it, so its not just that we are "older"(!) - guess our faces didn't fit.
sandlouis - 21 Mar 2007 15:55
Don't understand the previous post, sounds a little like an angry student. Since I have been going I have met a huge diverse crowd, listened to some of the best free music probable in London and always had really good coffee, beer and wine.

It is not cheap but no more expensive than anywhere else in the area or London and a good, if not extensive, range of food. I think most would disagree with Elijah.

anonymous - 14 Mar 2007 00:19
Went here with some uni friends without realising what kind of place it was. If you like pretentious, poncy and expensive and the thought of going to real boozer makes you mess your ever-so-hip designer jeans then you will love it. If not, then head somewhere else.
ElijahBailey - 3 Jul 2006 13:16
This place is like Dawson's Creek, I half expected to meet Pacey et al. Which is a bad thing, you understand.
sallycinnamon - 11 May 2006 10:50
Really nice chilled out bar/cafe/pub - useful for chilling with coffee in the day, having a relaxed beer in the evening, or even catching some live music. The beer is not so expensive if you go for the litre bottles and share it. Good homemade food. A real asset to the Brockley community!
superfibre - 8 Apr 2006 15:14
I've scouted Brockley for a decent place to chill and this is the jack pot - friendly staff, varied seating, not too big, music never too loud or offensive (no pop). Love the deep red walls, the art changes monthly, and the mediterranean bar snacks are great! Some might say it's a little pricy, but if you want cheap and obnoxious, head down the road to the Weatherspoons.
anonymous - 7 Feb 2005 16:15
Marcus, my friend

You've got a great place here! Laid back and friendly, we're in Brazil, not Brockley! Keep up the great work. This place has come from nowhere to top of the pops!

I love the coff!
TheBeerMonster - 18 Dec 2004 20:28
Chilled out and friendly bar serving bottled beer and plenty of wine by the glass. Art, live music on Tuesdays and Sundays and snacks and food.

Big tables, sofas, coffee, sarnies. It's got a slight Student Union vibe to it but only in a positive way as well as feeling like the sort of scruffy bar you'd find in Amsterdam or Barcelona.
Scott - 9 Aug 2004 09:33

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