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Address: 325 Brockley Road, London, SE4 2QZ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 12035) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Brockley (0.4 miles), Crofton Park (0.4 miles), Ladywell (0.7 miles)

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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

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