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messageBrick House Bread announced they arenít reopening
Posted by Azalea 27 December, 2019 13:52

Their Instagram account stated that they arenít reopening after Christmas, due to rent increases, non lease renewal and inability to find new premises in both East Dulwich and Peckham. Very sad.



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messageRe: Brick House Bread announced they arenít reopening
Posted by dbboy 27 December, 2019 14:27

[www.brickhousebread.com] see statement

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Posted by mancity68 27 December, 2019 15:53

V sad.

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Posted by KrackersMaracas 27 December, 2019 17:46

Best bread, best coffee, best brunch and best bostocks. They always seemed to be doing so well and I am so sad to see them go. My heart goes out to them and all those who found out they wouldnít have a job after Christmas.

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Posted by JCR53S 27 December, 2019 18:15

Itís so sad to see such a local gem close down due to the greed of landlords.
I recently-ish moved to the area because of such fantastic independent places like brick house.
Is there anything we can do as a community to make clear our displeasure at ďcrippling rent increasesĒ which are forcing out much-loved local small business?

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Posted by redjam 27 December, 2019 18:18

What a shame. Makes my blood boil that landlords are happy to see a thriving business go under due to pure greed. Especially if - as so often happens - the place ends up lying empty afterwards as they can't find anyone else to pay their inflated rents.

Hope the Brick House people pop up in ED again after they've had time to regroup.

ETA: Cross-posted with above - quite agree JCR53S!



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messageRe: Brick House Bread announced they arenít reopening
Posted by nicmitch 27 December, 2019 20:47

My prediction (based on pure speculation on my part and absolutely no evidence to. back it up). Dough Artisan Bakehouse takes over both the vacated premises. That's the business owned by the winner of the latest Apprentice, a bakery/coffee shop in Herne Hill and wannabe chain with ambitious expansion plans courtesy of Alan Sugar's investment. I mean, it would be terribly convenient for a direct competitor of Lord Sugar's latest acquisition to be driven out by their landlords without warning and 2 x ready-made SE London bakery/coffee shop premises fit for purpose to become available at just the right time.... To reiterate, complete speculation by me with absolutely no evidence to back any of this up...

messageRe: Brick House Bread announced they arenít reopening
Posted by Broadbean 27 December, 2019 21:31

My friend saw Alan Sugars car driving down Lordship Lane on Tuesday he has the number plate AMS 1 ,so maybe you might be right nicmitch.



nicmitch Wrote:
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> My prediction (based on pure speculation on my
> part and absolutely no evidence to. back it up).
> Dough Artisan Bakehouse takes over both the
> vacated premises. That's the business owned by the
> winner of the latest Apprentice, a bakery/coffee
> shop in Herne Hill and wannabe chain with
> ambitious expansion plans courtesy of Alan Sugar's
> investment. I mean, it would be terribly
> convenient for a direct competitor of Lord Sugar's
> latest acquisition to be driven out by their
> landlords without warning and 2 x ready-made SE
> London bakery/coffee shop premises fit for purpose
> to become available at just the right time.... To
> reiterate, complete speculation by me with
> absolutely no evidence to back any of this up...

messageRe: Brick House Bread announced they arenít reopening
Posted by DiD 27 December, 2019 22:47

This makes me so angry. There should be something we can do locally to help protect local businesses. Are there any premises near the Bussey building where they could re-locate to in Peckham? (and is there any way to get 100grams of starter to preserve the bread line?!)

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Posted by doogsey 27 December, 2019 23:34

Gutted to hear this! Brick House was a jewel of East Dulwich and will be sorely missed. Hopefully it lives on in some form, although I can understand how devastating it would be for the owners to have to go through this, and why they would not want to start from scratch all over again, so sadly I don't hold out much hope.

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Posted by bsand 28 December, 2019 00:17

Well if Brick House with their eye-watering prices and great quality can't make it work in ED what hope is there for lesser mortals. That said there have been quite a few scathing reviews on trip advisor.

[www.tripadvisor.com]

messageRe: Brick House Bread announced they arenít reopening
Posted by BrandNewGuy 28 December, 2019 10:07

This really is shit news. I've lived in ED for 25 years and seen lots of changes and embraced most of the 'gentrification' of Lordship Lane and the area as a whole. And yeah, Brick House's bread wasn't cheap but they made wonderful bread that was nothing like the industrial crap that passes as bread elsewhere. Others have moaned about 'peak East Dulwich', but this news feels like peak East Dulwich to me. Coincides with me looking to move in any case. No way will I stay in SE22 Ė why pay a premium for a postcode when the area is becoming more and more like a bourgeois dormitory town?

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Posted by worldwiser 28 December, 2019 10:15

Another wonderful contribution to the community by landlords Parkhill. 'Realising the true potential of property.'

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Posted by tiddles 28 December, 2019 10:22

Just seems a shame that businesses that contributed to creating this areaís success are forced out. Didnít realise park hill were involved in this.

Best wishes to all concerned and fingers crossed they find new business opportunities in 2020 - hopefully not too far away....

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Posted by Peckhampam 28 December, 2019 10:37

I always thought that Peckham Rye was the best bread anywhere

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Posted by worldwiser 28 December, 2019 11:10

Only surprised that when BH took the place they wouldn't have had structured, predictable and reasonable rent increments built into their original contract. So many premises seem to have these cliff-edge rent reviews that hit them out the blue. If it were residential property it would be illegal to hike rents to this degree - Aneto is another that's currently in this situation.

White Stuff, Oliver Bonas, JoJo Maman and Cafe Nero are all under the thumb of this same landlord. Expect another national chain to complete the corner set.

messageRe: Brick House Bread announced they arenít reopening
Posted by fishbiscuits 28 December, 2019 14:35

It's crazy. The site has struggled for so many years... what is the landlord hoping to achieve by huge rent increases? Months/years of it sitting empty? Another failed venture?

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Posted by precious star 28 December, 2019 14:40

Is this the same place that was in the evening standard last year for telling a mum with baby to leave.?

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Posted by Cora 28 December, 2019 16:31

Park Hill always behind this sort of news sad smiley - such greed

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Posted by kerry2015 28 December, 2019 16:36

Devastated for them. It must have been a massive rent increase for them to close, as it always seemed so busy so I'd assume it's quite profitable.

Huge fan of their peckham rye, where am I going to get my fix now? Don't think there is anything comparable nearby.

messageRe: Brick House Bread announced they arenít reopening
Posted by worldwiser 28 December, 2019 18:12

Parkhill once upon a time had an absolutely humungous sign at the junction of EDG and LL presumptuously taking it upon themselves to welcome people to Lordship Lane, given how much of it they own. Welcoming them to what? The scene of their vast plundering of real estate and generation of wealth? Their website claims,

"We believe that being a successful company in South London brings with it a responsibility to the local community, which needs all the help and support it can get."

What a complete pile of *********



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messageRe: Brick House Bread announced they arenít reopening
Posted by KidKruger 28 December, 2019 20:03

Well thereíll be the slogans to try and validate their behaviours.
Theyíre in it for the money, no more no less.

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Posted by NewWave 28 December, 2019 20:36

This is Rubbish news!
Its sent me and me and my other half into a downer!
It used to be our regular Saturday morning treat to go and get the chocolate Sourdough loaf.
And I personally always enjoyed a toast and coffee or lunch there on my days off.
The area is losing its magic I dread the thought of a chain place taking that beautiful space over and more importantly I am gutted for the staff who find themselves without jobs with the high street and catering businesses in decline nationwide.
I wish the owners and staff good luck and good news in 2020.
And I hope the place reopens in Forest Hill or perhaps somewhere else in Peckham
It wasn't the cheapest place but good food and fresh ingredients cost good money and for us it was a once weekly treat.

messageRe: Brick House Bread announced they arenít reopening
Posted by Berliozz 28 December, 2019 21:48

Best bread and best flat white by far. And one of the most fabulous, family friendly spots in SE22. Absolutely devastating news for the area. Their peanut butter cookies and out of this world salads will be forever missed.

I really do hope they open shop elsewhere. Soon!!

messageRe: Brick House Bread announced they arenít reopening
Posted by joom 29 December, 2019 11:01

You can buy Peckham Rye bread at Franklinís...

kerry2015 Wrote:
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> Devastated for them. It must have been a massive
> rent increase for them to close, as it always
> seemed so busy so I'd assume it's quite
> profitable.
>
> Huge fan of their peckham rye, where am I going to
> get my fix now? Don't think there is anything
> comparable nearby.

messageRe: Brick House Bread announced they arenít reopening
Posted by joom 29 December, 2019 11:03

Doh! I suppose if Franklins get their bread from the Brickhouse then it wonít be available...!

messageRe: Brick House Bread announced they arenít reopening
Posted by Froglander 29 December, 2019 15:13

I guess Blackbird Bakery will have an increase in business now.

messageRe: Brick House Bread announced they arenít reopening
Posted by JohnL 29 December, 2019 18:01

Is this in to replace the Peckham site already or have I mixed up the addresses (they seem the same)

[www.levanlondon.co.uk]

messageRe: Brick House Bread announced they arenít reopening
Posted by fishbiscuits 29 December, 2019 18:07

John, Levan is already there - next door. Where Peckham Refreshment Rooms used to be.

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Posted by jimmyraj 29 December, 2019 18:31

Absolutely gutted to hear this. Such a big fan of both branches. As others have said, best coffee in ED and Peckham, best Bostocks (only Bostocks!), anzacs, morning buns, and the bread.

Such a shame for the Zenoria Street site, which has been packed to the rafters at weekends and many other times besides. Congrats to the owners for making it work this long.

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