Historical version 16 of Jam Circus, SE4 2BT
- 020 8692 3320
- 330-332 Brockley Road, SE4 2BT
- noon-midnight Mon-Thu; noon-1am Fri; 11am-1am Sat; noon-midnight Sun
Spacious front area with polished floorboards, mismatched chairs, couple of upright armchairs. Tables aren't large (but not too small - would be able to fit food and drinks for four people) and are spaced fairly widely. Full-length windows at the front which can be opened up in good weather. There's also a couple of cosier, dimmer areas at the back, plus a couple of table/bench things out the front on the pavement for the smokers.
Kake visited on a Monday lunchtime in February 2008. There were quite a few other customers but I had no trouble finding a table. It seems to be quite child-friendly in the sense that there's space for the kids to run around and nobody seems to mind. They also have a kids' menu, according to their website. There were in fact a couple of children there at the same time as me, taking advantage of the running-around space, but they weren't too noisy.
A 250ml bottle of James White organic pear juice was £2.50. They also have various booze on tap, including Stowford Press cider (£3.10/pint), and other interesting soft drinks in bottles (e.g. Big Tom tomato juice cocktail). As of March 2008, they also have Timothy Taylor Landlord available for the real ale drinkers, and as of May 2008 they have a small range of cocktails too.
Food is served throughout the week, but Mondays are the chef's day off so lunchtime food is limited to a "sarnies" menu; sandwiches are served noon-3pm and are also available to take away. They're priced between £2.80 (peanut butter and jam, or cheddar and pickle) and £3.80 (smoked salmon, black pepper, and rocket). A "handful" of fries is an extra £1, and everything except the peanut butter sandwich is also available in a baguette for 30p more. The only non-sandwich option is butternut squash soup with bread (£3.70).
I tried the tuna mayo and sweetcorn sandwich (£3.20); it was a bit small but very tasty. The fries were thin and crispy and not too oily, and a generous portion (which went cold before I could finish it) photo.
Update from the February 2008 Jam Circus mailout: Monday night is now pizza night - "proper Italian pizzas" served from 7pm. Roasts served on Sundays; full English breakfasts (including veggie) on Saturdays; full menu in the evenings including home-made steak and ale pie, Caribbean chicken curry (a special recipe from the Trinidadian head chef), and jerk chicken burger.
They have free wireless internet - ask at the bar for the password. It works fine (this entry was created using it, in fact). Live music on Sundays from 8pm, according to a board seen outside in February 2008.
Ewan comments: I visited on a Sunday. The menu was limited to roasts (including vegetarian) and burgers, so I had a vegetarian burger. It consisted of a large portobello mushroom with mozzarella cheese, served with lettuce and tomato on an untoasted white bun. It was a bit too large to eat as a burger, but it was tasty nonetheless (pity about the white bun though!), and was served with thin-cut fries, nicely crispy. There were newspapers provided for reading, and a real fire in the corner of the front room near where I was sitting.