Last night I went on a rare night out with a bunch of other mums into Blackheath. We abandoned our plan to go to the Railway as it was open mike night there. Instead we went to Cave Austin which is a nice bright bar (7-9 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath, SE3 0TA tel 0208 852 0492) . There are comfy couches to sit on but no wine list... I think it's a work in progress as the guy behind the bar went and found me an A4 sheet to look at but by then we had already ordered a bottle.
The conversation inevitably included much talk of our tots, the lack of babysitters affecting our social lives and also what we did in our former lives. I wonder how many women in the UK are lost to industry each year because of the lack of flexible enough arrangements - we did jobs that were more than full time and couldn't see how to go back to that and still raise our tots.
We also talked about the need for a cafe in Plumstead where mums can go. Oh how nice it would be to have a place to go during the day with our tots for a nice coffee and cake.
Sometimes Plummy Mummy shouldn't be allowed out. It turned out there is a new comedy night in the basement of Cave Austin called A&E Comedy. The organiser kept coming to our table to tell us about it. It got annoying and off-putting. But after a few glasses of wine, I and friend ventured downstairs to have a look. We shouldn't have bothered as the MC was so rubbish he put us off the show. This was a true Accident and Emergency case. Even a healthy amount of heckling didn't get him off so we left. Later a wine fuelled Plummy arrogantly offered her services as MC...me who has had no training or experience of comedy believed she could instantly do this job. I should talk to my friend Rob who did a comedy course not long ago. I wish the MC hadn't been bad as I would have liked a bit of a laugh. I'll save it for Comedy on the Common methinks. If you are someone with more patience/tolerance then me, go along on Wednesdays then let me know if I should have stayed past Mr Mighty Crap.
As for Cave Austin I hope to go back there but hope they sort out their wine list and also have more food on offer than roasted peanuts.