The renowned Browns of Brockley – one of south east London’s original speciality coffee spots – has deservedly put Brockley on the map for many keen coffee individuals.
Located directly opposite Brockley overground station, it’s perfectly placed to catch the busy commuters reluctantly heading into central London from their quiet, pretty suburban homes. Ross Brown and Ludd (dog and mascot) have been a huge part of the burgeoning speciality coffee community for many years now, both at the cafe and at various coffee competitions, taking MC’ing duties to the next level with his questionable style of banter.
Flooded with natural light, Ross has made great use of the space by employing shelving, high bench tables, stools and window displays, all produced by local craftsman Made by Jason. The feel of Browns is something of a well established local pub, driven by the friendliness of the staff and acting as a hub for creative types within the area who pop in, utilising Browns as a welcome refuge from their own workspaces.
Food has always been an integral part of the offering, with everything on the regularly changing menu freshly prepared in the kitchen downstairs. Today’s selection included a chorizo and creamed corn sandwich, salad of roasted squash, fennel and tahini dressing, and baked goods including a delicious cardamom muffin – a perfect accompaniment to a delicious mug of filter coffee brewed on the Technivorm. Browns was also one of the first cafes in the world to take advantage of the Victoria Arduino Black Eagle Gravimetric and Mythos One combo, as the exacting standards of this setup were required for the ebb and flow of the shop.
With the East London Line making connections to Brockley and SE London easier than ever, there is little reason to put off a visit to this charming and friendly cafe.