Handily situated right beside Brockley station and vying for attention with slicker neighbour Browns, the Broca veers towards shabby chic and ‘80s punnery. The sandwich menu, available on granary or sourdough, references seminal movies: ‘Ham Solo’ (anything but: it’s packed with ham, cheddar, peppers and gherkins), ‘Tuna Wolf’ (guess) and ‘I ain’t afraid of no goats’ (goat’s cheese and salad). We went for the Abe Froman, just because we’re Ferris fans, but sadly they were out of chorizo sausage.
There’s an extensive list of vitamin-packed smoothies, with yet more puns: the Blueberry Thrill, Flu Fighter, Son of a Peach… A living room aesthetic comes with fringed standard lamps, coffee tables, sofas, one of those knitted throws your nan used to have and, for those really intending to make themselves at home, shelves of books to take or swap (possibly a warning about the slow, uncertain service).
A second venture, the Broca Food Market, has recently opened on the other side of the station (209-211 Mantle Road); nip across the footbridge to stock up on organic groceries.
4 Coulgate Street
|Opening hours:||Open 7am-7pm Mon-Fri; 8am-6pm Sat; 9am-6pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Brockley rail|
|Price:||Main courses £3-£3.50|
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It's hard to get a coffee made correctly in the UK, after five years in Australia I was your ultimate coffee snob. These guys are the only ones in SE London that live up to those standards. They have about 30 people working there, so every day is a different face and it will take you months to get friendly with any one of them, but luckily all of them make a decent coffee and that's what counts. This place also has an amazing vibe, with great furniture and did I mention their bread? Oh my god, there bread is to die for and everyone goes here for a good loaf. Plus they do a range of organic fruit, vegetables and other goods. Not only all of those things but Broca have a range of amazing deserts, they have both vegan and non-vegan, both fantastic, you'll also find a freshly made fritatta in their every day and a full breakfast and lunch menu. This place is not to be reckoned with!