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.