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Jam Circus was an [[Category Antic Pubs|Antic]] pub in [[Locale Brockley|Brockley]], near [[Crofton Park Station]]. It [https://twitter.com/jamcircus/status/1088936347723878405 closed down] in January 2019. As of mid-2019 it has been replaced by another pub business called the Crofton Park Tavern.
Pub/bar in [[Locale Brockley|Brockley]], near [[Crofton Park Station]]. It's part of the [[Category Antic Pubs|Antic]] pub chain.
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The information below is retained for historical purposes.
<b>Note:</b> There was [https://twitter.com/jamcircus/status/277867958628413442 a fire at Jam Circus] in December 2012, following which it was closed for nearly a year before [http://brockleycentral.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/jam-circus-reopens-tonight.html finally reopening] in November 2013. The description of the interior below still seems to be accurate based on [[Kat]]'s (brief) visit in January 2014, although obviously some details may have changed.
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Pub in [[Locale Brockley|Brockley]]
, near [[Crofton Park Station]]. It's part of the [[Category Antic Pubs|Antic]] chain.
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.
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It has a spacious front area with polished floorboards, mismatched chairs, and a couple of upright armchairs. The tables aren't large (but not too small &#8212; would be able to fit food and drinks for four people) and are spaced fairly widely. Full-length windows at the front can be opened up in good weather. There's also a couple of cosier, dimmer areas at the back, plus more seating out the front on the pavement for the smokers. On [[Ewan]]'s early-2008 visit, there were newspapers provided for reading, and a real fire in a corner of the front room.
[[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.
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[[Kake]] visited on a Monday lunchtime in February 2008. There were quite a few other customers in, but I had no trouble finding a table. A 250ml bottle of James White organic pear juice was &pound;2.50. They also had keg taps for things including Stowford Press cider (&pound;3.10/pint), and other interesting soft drinks in bottles (e.g. Big Tom tomato juice cocktail). As of March 2008, they also had Timothy Taylor Landlord available for the real ale drinkers, and as of May 2008 they have a small range of cocktails too. A pint of lime and soda was 40p in January 2014. When [[bob]] visited on a Monday afternoon in August 2015 there were two real ales on: Vim (&pound;1.65/half) and Doom Bar.
A 250ml bottle of James White organic pear juice was &pound;2.50. They also have various booze on tap, including Stowford Press cider (&pound;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. A pint of lime and soda was 40p in January 2014.
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Food is served, including brunch and Sunday lunch.
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 &pound;2.80 (peanut butter and jam, or cheddar and pickle) and &pound;3.80 (smoked salmon, black pepper, and rocket). A "handful" of fries is an extra &pound;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 (&pound;3.70).
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In February 2008, [[Kake]] tried the tuna mayo and sweetcorn sandwich (&pound;3.20, plus &pound;1 for a portion of fries on the side). The sandwich itself 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) <small>[http://flickr.com/photos/kake_pugh/2277104096/ photo]</small>.
I tried the tuna mayo and sweetcorn sandwich (&pound;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) <small>[http://flickr.com/photos/kake_pugh/2277104096/ photo]</small>.
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When [[Ewan]] visited on a Sunday around the same time, 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.
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.
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They have free wifi &#8212; when we tested this in February 2008, the procedure was to ask at the bar for the password.
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.
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According to their website as of August 2015, there's a pub quiz every Tuesday night from 8pm, and there's a function room which can be hired out.
[[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.
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Child-friendliness: According to their website as of August 2015, children are welcome until 9pm every day, and on Fridays they have a children's play area open between noon and 5pm.
As of November 2011 there's [http://tuesdaynightpubquiz.co.uk/ a quiz on Tuesday nights].
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Dog-friendliness: According to their website as of August 2015, dogs are welcome (but must be kept on a leash at all times) and one can ask at the bar for a bowl of water or a free biscuit.
On a visit on a mondat afternon in August there was Vim (1.65 a half) and Doom Bar on.
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Accessibility: Two steps to get in. There's an accessible toilet on the level once you're in. Other toilets are up a further couple of steps to the rear of the pub; the three cubicles in the ladies' are quite small, and have odd concertina-style doors which can be tricky to open and close. The men's toilets are in the same place and have one cubicle with a bifold door.
Accessibility: two steps to get in. Toilets are up a further couple of steps to the rear of the pub; the three cubicles in the ladies' are quite small, and have odd concertina-style doors which can be tricky to open and close. The men's toilets are in the same place and have one cubicle with a bifold door. There is also an accesable toilet on the same level as the bar.
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* [http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubreviews/65959/ Pubs Galore comments]
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* [http://web.archive.org/web/20120807170353/http://brockleycentral.blogspot.com/2008/01/jam-circus-brockley-road.html Brockley Central comments]
* [http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/jam-circus-london Yelp comments]
* [http://brockleycentral.blogspot.com/2008/01/jam-circus-brockley-road.html Brockley Central comments]
* [http://www.qype.co.uk/place/135743 Qype comments]
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<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[bob]], August 2015.</div>
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<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[bob]], August 2015. Prices determined on [[Kake]]'s visit in early February. Opening hours taken from the Jam Circus website, February 2008.</div>
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summary='Antic pub/bar in Brockley.'
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Pub/bar in Brockley, near Crofton Park Station. It's part of the Antic pub chain.

Note: There was a fire at Jam Circus in December 2012, following which it was closed for nearly a year before finally reopening in November 2013. The description of the interior below still seems to be accurate based on Kat's (brief) visit in January 2014, although obviously some details may have changed.

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. A pint of lime and soda was 40p in January 2014.

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.

As of November 2011 there's a quiz on Tuesday nights.

On a visit on a mondat afternon in August there was Vim (1.65 a half) and Doom Bar on.

Accessibility: two steps to get in. Toilets are up a further couple of steps to the rear of the pub; the three cubicles in the ladies' are quite small, and have odd concertina-style doors which can be tricky to open and close. The men's toilets are in the same place and have one cubicle with a bifold door. There is also an accesable toilet on the same level as the bar.


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Last visited by bob, August 2015. Prices determined on Kake's visit in early February. Opening hours taken from the Jam Circus website, February 2008.

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