Late-night bar inspired by British and American soul movement to open in south Chingford

Bojangles staff Arie Juliusburger and Daniel O' Gorman

Bojangles staff Arie Juliusburger and Daniel O' Gorman

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A venue formerly notorious for violence and under-age drinking has been transformed into a high-end brasserie selling soul-food and cocktails. 

Bojangles Brasserie in Old Church Road, Chingford, will officially open to the public next weekend after new owner Byron Senior started renovating the premises in January. 

Inspired by the British and American soul music movement and selling traditional Caribbean and U.S. dishes such as Jerk Chicken and New Orleans Gumbo, staff are hoping its troubled history will be a thing of the past. 

Most people know the venue as the former Prince Albert, which had a reputation for under-age drinking and violent attacks.

The venue struggled to change its reputation under a series of owners and renamed the Bird Cage and then Chanz.  

Now, with its new decor, including four VIP booths and crystal-studded feature walls, marketing and events manager Daniel O'Gorman is hoping to bring a bit of 'West End' nightlife and entertainment to Chingford. 

He said: "Before, it was very much an over 18s to 21 crowd and the previous management were guilty of letting people in hammered. 

"It is a late-night venue but we're bringing something of a certain standard to Chingford. 

"There is nothing like it anywhere near besides your Jazz Cafe in Camden or Madame Jo Jo's in Soho but yet this area has a massive cross-section of cultures and Chingford Big Weekender is just one example of showing there is this demand.  

"We recognise it is a challenge and all of us want to see it do well."

The venue will serve food daily from midday until 9.30pm when the seating area is then removed to open up the dance floor with live soul music on Fridays and cabaret on Saturdays until 2am. 

Once a month, its doors will stay open until 4am for a club night, with performers such as American R&B dance singer Jocelyn Brown among those being sought.  

Mixologist of fifteen years Arie Juliusburger, of George Lane in South Woodford, is hoping to entice 80s soul-lovers with his creative take on cocktails such as rum and ginger beer-based Ebony & Ivory, the Master Blaster and Sir Duke. 

Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist La Voix will kick off the venue's first cabaret night on September 6. 

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12:07pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

4am nightclub?

Recipe for disaster. Do theses licensing panels have any brains?

Apart from potential trouble there is a lot of residential premises nearby and above shops whose peace will be disturbed. Shame on you Waltham Forest Council for this.
4am nightclub? Recipe for disaster. Do theses licensing panels have any brains? Apart from potential trouble there is a lot of residential premises nearby and above shops whose peace will be disturbed. Shame on you Waltham Forest Council for this. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 1

3:55pm Sun 24 Aug 14

escapefrome17 says...

This isnt a news story, it's an advertorial, probably paid for.
This isnt a news story, it's an advertorial, probably paid for. escapefrome17
  • Score: 10

6:36pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

escapefrome17 wrote:
This isnt a news story, it's an advertorial, probably paid for.
Likely not paid for you mean.
[quote][p][bold]escapefrome17[/bold] wrote: This isnt a news story, it's an advertorial, probably paid for.[/p][/quote]Likely not paid for you mean. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -9

9:23pm Sun 24 Aug 14

ViewpointE4 says...

"There is nothing like it anywhere near besides your Jazz Cafe in Camden or Madame Jo Jo's in Soho but yet this area has a massive cross-section of cultures and Chingford Big Weekender is just one example of showing there is this demand".

Mr O'Gorman you must be on a different planet. Best of luck but my prediction is that this place will be closed again within six months.
"There is nothing like it anywhere near besides your Jazz Cafe in Camden or Madame Jo Jo's in Soho but yet this area has a massive cross-section of cultures and Chingford Big Weekender is just one example of showing there is this demand". Mr O'Gorman you must be on a different planet. Best of luck but my prediction is that this place will be closed again within six months. ViewpointE4
  • Score: 12

10:39pm Sun 24 Aug 14

SpursSupporter1 says...

Come on lets give them a chance before them knocking them down
Come on lets give them a chance before them knocking them down SpursSupporter1
  • Score: 22

10:41am Mon 25 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

SpursSupporter1 wrote:
Come on lets give them a chance before them knocking them down
Bet you would not like it next door to you.
[quote][p][bold]SpursSupporter1[/bold] wrote: Come on lets give them a chance before them knocking them down[/p][/quote]Bet you would not like it next door to you. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -6

12:34pm Mon 25 Aug 14

escapefrome17 says...

It'll be a moron magnet.... Same as always, 'Four vip booths' and 'crystal studded feature walls' , says it all really!
It'll be a moron magnet.... Same as always, 'Four vip booths' and 'crystal studded feature walls' , says it all really! escapefrome17
  • Score: 6

12:49pm Tue 26 Aug 14

spur123 says...

Chingford does need a high end bar for those of us who don't want to binge on cheap lager, WKD and laughing gas on a Friday / Saturday night. In principle this does sound like a good idea. I'll certainly give it a try. I hope the owners don't sacrifice their 'high end' brand in search for numbers as I fear that if numbers aren't great at first they'll open the doors to all and this will just turn into another ropey bar serving late.

VIP booths and Crystal studded walls do sound tacky though. Sounds like an area for wannabe gangsters to hang out!

Also, yes I wouldn't like it next door to me, but that's why I didn't buy right on top of a busy high-street with a popular night scene.
Chingford does need a high end bar for those of us who don't want to binge on cheap lager, WKD and laughing gas on a Friday / Saturday night. In principle this does sound like a good idea. I'll certainly give it a try. I hope the owners don't sacrifice their 'high end' brand in search for numbers as I fear that if numbers aren't great at first they'll open the doors to all and this will just turn into another ropey bar serving late. VIP booths and Crystal studded walls do sound tacky though. Sounds like an area for wannabe gangsters to hang out! Also, yes I wouldn't like it next door to me, but that's why I didn't buy right on top of a busy high-street with a popular night scene. spur123
  • Score: 10

1:34pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Kerim69 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
4am nightclub?

Recipe for disaster. Do theses licensing panels have any brains?

Apart from potential trouble there is a lot of residential premises nearby and above shops whose peace will be disturbed. Shame on you Waltham Forest Council for this.
Where in London can you have a late night licence without being near a residential area???????????
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: 4am nightclub? Recipe for disaster. Do theses licensing panels have any brains? Apart from potential trouble there is a lot of residential premises nearby and above shops whose peace will be disturbed. Shame on you Waltham Forest Council for this.[/p][/quote]Where in London can you have a late night licence without being near a residential area??????????? Kerim69
  • Score: 7

9:08pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Ferdy54 says...

I think this must be about the 4th time this place has changed. It may get past Christmas, but as they say on Dragons Den "I'm out!".
I think this must be about the 4th time this place has changed. It may get past Christmas, but as they say on Dragons Den "I'm out!". Ferdy54
  • Score: -3

10:10pm Tue 26 Aug 14

leytonstoner says...

Can't polish a turd ..
Can't polish a turd .. leytonstoner
  • Score: -2

8:09am Wed 27 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

Kerim69 wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
4am nightclub?

Recipe for disaster. Do theses licensing panels have any brains?

Apart from potential trouble there is a lot of residential premises nearby and above shops whose peace will be disturbed. Shame on you Waltham Forest Council for this.
Where in London can you have a late night licence without being near a residential area???????????
Does that make it right? In fact there are several places, Fairlop Water, the golf club in Chingford, Chingford Rugby Club, Woodford Rugby Club.

These places should be kept away from residential areas. That is the point I make.
[quote][p][bold]Kerim69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: 4am nightclub? Recipe for disaster. Do theses licensing panels have any brains? Apart from potential trouble there is a lot of residential premises nearby and above shops whose peace will be disturbed. Shame on you Waltham Forest Council for this.[/p][/quote]Where in London can you have a late night licence without being near a residential area???????????[/p][/quote]Does that make it right? In fact there are several places, Fairlop Water, the golf club in Chingford, Chingford Rugby Club, Woodford Rugby Club. These places should be kept away from residential areas. That is the point I make. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -4

11:01pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Kerim69 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Kerim69 wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
4am nightclub?

Recipe for disaster. Do theses licensing panels have any brains?

Apart from potential trouble there is a lot of residential premises nearby and above shops whose peace will be disturbed. Shame on you Waltham Forest Council for this.
Where in London can you have a late night licence without being near a residential area???????????
Does that make it right? In fact there are several places, Fairlop Water, the golf club in Chingford, Chingford Rugby Club, Woodford Rugby Club.

These places should be kept away from residential areas. That is the point I make.
Just ban all pubs and clubs and make everyone stay home after 10pm, be much easier for everyone that way
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kerim69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: 4am nightclub? Recipe for disaster. Do theses licensing panels have any brains? Apart from potential trouble there is a lot of residential premises nearby and above shops whose peace will be disturbed. Shame on you Waltham Forest Council for this.[/p][/quote]Where in London can you have a late night licence without being near a residential area???????????[/p][/quote]Does that make it right? In fact there are several places, Fairlop Water, the golf club in Chingford, Chingford Rugby Club, Woodford Rugby Club. These places should be kept away from residential areas. That is the point I make.[/p][/quote]Just ban all pubs and clubs and make everyone stay home after 10pm, be much easier for everyone that way Kerim69
  • Score: 5

11:17pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Gray Chingford says...

Kerim69 wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Kerim69 wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
4am nightclub?

Recipe for disaster. Do theses licensing panels have any brains?

Apart from potential trouble there is a lot of residential premises nearby and above shops whose peace will be disturbed. Shame on you Waltham Forest Council for this.
Where in London can you have a late night licence without being near a residential area???????????
Does that make it right? In fact there are several places, Fairlop Water, the golf club in Chingford, Chingford Rugby Club, Woodford Rugby Club.

These places should be kept away from residential areas. That is the point I make.
Just ban all pubs and clubs and make everyone stay home after 10pm, be much easier for everyone that way
That's what some peope want
they cannot remember when they were young and enjoy them self instead we have stay at home with hot coco watching the same boring programes on tv
[quote][p][bold]Kerim69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kerim69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: 4am nightclub? Recipe for disaster. Do theses licensing panels have any brains? Apart from potential trouble there is a lot of residential premises nearby and above shops whose peace will be disturbed. Shame on you Waltham Forest Council for this.[/p][/quote]Where in London can you have a late night licence without being near a residential area???????????[/p][/quote]Does that make it right? In fact there are several places, Fairlop Water, the golf club in Chingford, Chingford Rugby Club, Woodford Rugby Club. These places should be kept away from residential areas. That is the point I make.[/p][/quote]Just ban all pubs and clubs and make everyone stay home after 10pm, be much easier for everyone that way[/p][/quote]That's what some peope want they cannot remember when they were young and enjoy them self instead we have stay at home with hot coco watching the same boring programes on tv Gray Chingford
  • Score: 0

9:37am Thu 28 Aug 14

leytonite says...

leytonstoner wrote:
Can't polish a turd ..
But you can roll it in glitter...
[quote][p][bold]leytonstoner[/bold] wrote: Can't polish a turd ..[/p][/quote]But you can roll it in glitter... leytonite
  • Score: 3

4:07pm Thu 28 Aug 14

jonny mash says...

escapefrome17 wrote:
It'll be a moron magnet.... Same as always, 'Four vip booths' and 'crystal studded feature walls' , says it all really!
I'm sure local celebrities / VIPs such as TV legend Towie's James "Arg" Argent and the Duke of Essex himself Teddy Sheringham MBE will make an appearance at some point. I like the sound of the Ebony and Ivory cocktail, reminds me of the classic Stevie Wonder and Sir Paul McCartney song, hopefully all the patrons at the bar will live together in perfect harmony.
[quote][p][bold]escapefrome17[/bold] wrote: It'll be a moron magnet.... Same as always, 'Four vip booths' and 'crystal studded feature walls' , says it all really![/p][/quote]I'm sure local celebrities / VIPs such as TV legend Towie's James "Arg" Argent and the Duke of Essex himself Teddy Sheringham MBE will make an appearance at some point. I like the sound of the Ebony and Ivory cocktail, reminds me of the classic Stevie Wonder and Sir Paul McCartney song, hopefully all the patrons at the bar will live together in perfect harmony. jonny mash
  • Score: 2

4:43pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

jonny mash wrote:
escapefrome17 wrote:
It'll be a moron magnet.... Same as always, 'Four vip booths' and 'crystal studded feature walls' , says it all really!
I'm sure local celebrities / VIPs such as TV legend Towie's James "Arg" Argent and the Duke of Essex himself Teddy Sheringham MBE will make an appearance at some point. I like the sound of the Ebony and Ivory cocktail, reminds me of the classic Stevie Wonder and Sir Paul McCartney song, hopefully all the patrons at the bar will live together in perfect harmony.
You forgot the other stars in their eyes. Vicky Michelle and Glen Murphy who won Oscars for Allo Allo and Londond Burning respectively.
[quote][p][bold]jonny mash[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]escapefrome17[/bold] wrote: It'll be a moron magnet.... Same as always, 'Four vip booths' and 'crystal studded feature walls' , says it all really![/p][/quote]I'm sure local celebrities / VIPs such as TV legend Towie's James "Arg" Argent and the Duke of Essex himself Teddy Sheringham MBE will make an appearance at some point. I like the sound of the Ebony and Ivory cocktail, reminds me of the classic Stevie Wonder and Sir Paul McCartney song, hopefully all the patrons at the bar will live together in perfect harmony.[/p][/quote]You forgot the other stars in their eyes. Vicky Michelle and Glen Murphy who won Oscars for Allo Allo and Londond Burning respectively. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -5

11:28pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Chingwoo says...

I have just driven past bojangles it's 11.00pm on the 30th august , there was people outside and a young women so drunk out of her head she could not walk straight , who then undid her shorts took them down and peed on the floor .... Is this what we need in Chingford or want No . What we need in south Chingford are some decent shops , since woolworths went and the 99p shop came the whole area has gone down and wine bars and resturants like north Chingford not a club that opens to 4 am madness
I have just driven past bojangles it's 11.00pm on the 30th august , there was people outside and a young women so drunk out of her head she could not walk straight , who then undid her shorts took them down and peed on the floor .... Is this what we need in Chingford or want No . What we need in south Chingford are some decent shops , since woolworths went and the 99p shop came the whole area has gone down and wine bars and resturants like north Chingford not a club that opens to 4 am madness Chingwoo
  • Score: 0

12:46pm Thu 4 Sep 14

MarkAJordan says...

Have any of the negative commentators actually been inside the place? I have. It's more like a restaurant than a night club and it's decorated pretty well and, by comparison to most, quite tastefully so. The food is indeed "high-end" - Caribbean fare reinterpreted by a chef- and the prices are not unreasonable but high enough to deter the casual drunk. The staff are pleasant and friendly and the place is very professionally managed by people who clearly also have a vested interest, as do local residents, in ensuring that disruptive and unpleasant elements do not gain a foothold. I suspect they won't as they would not feel at all at home or in any way welcome. Why not go there and find out what it's like before condemning it out of hand?
Have any of the negative commentators actually been inside the place? I have. It's more like a restaurant than a night club and it's decorated pretty well and, by comparison to most, quite tastefully so. The food is indeed "high-end" - Caribbean fare reinterpreted by a chef- and the prices are not unreasonable but high enough to deter the casual drunk. The staff are pleasant and friendly and the place is very professionally managed by people who clearly also have a vested interest, as do local residents, in ensuring that disruptive and unpleasant elements do not gain a foothold. I suspect they won't as they would not feel at all at home or in any way welcome. Why not go there and find out what it's like before condemning it out of hand? MarkAJordan
  • Score: -2

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