The Talbot: Breaking News

The Honor Oak pub's James Heaton has posted a comment on Brockley Central to update us on the veritable soap-opera that is the story of The Talbot pub, on Tyrwhitt Road. Brockley Nick is on the case as ever, hoping to bring you an exclusive interview, but until then, here's what James has told us:

Dear all,

I am posting to advise you that the arrangement detailed regarding The Talbot's redevelopment, has, as rumoured, in fact fallen through.

I am one of the owners of The Honor Oak on Brockley Rise, and we were first approached by Punch Taverns to take on The Talbot around six months ago.

Despite having had numerous meetings with Punch about the site, when The Talbot was advertised on the open market the owners of The Palmerston then put in a proposal which effectively outbid ours in terms of the returns to the landlords and we therefore lost it at the last hurdle, so to speak.

However my understanding is that this deal was then deemed unworkable to the owners of The Palmerston and they therefore pulled out at the last minute.

Punch then returned to us and asked if we were still interested in proceding with our original proposal. We were, and I am pleased to say that we yesterday signed the initial agreements relating to our lease and the investment / refurbishment works.

I will post more details of our plans for the site after Christmas, but in the meantime if any of you have any pressing queries please feel free to contact me via email to james@thehonoroak.com.

We are very excited about The Talbot and always have been. We very much hope that the re-invented pub will meet with your approval, and look forward to receiving your input into its future.

With best wishes,

James Heaton

23 comments:

Pete said...

Will you be serving Black Sheep beer in the Talbot? I'm originally from a village not far from Masham and would love it if you did!

Brockley Sarah said...

Can't wait to have another good quality local!

Hugh said...

Excellent. Any chance you could compulsorily purchase the houses nearby and opposite and generally give that end of the street a much-needed facelift?

Hugh-pert

Brockley Sarah said...

Yes and do up that fantastic old grocers on the corner opposite!

Anonymous said...

Hugh, I trust you aren't referring to 1 Tyrwhitt Road, which was of course an orginal Tyrwhitt-Drake undertaking and a fine example of a late 19th centruy townhouse...as I'm sure you know.

The new tenants which have just moved in with their dogs, children and ancilliary gubbins, however, are less than welcome.

Anonymous said...

Well the Honor Oak pub is lovely so if you work your magic on the Talbot whilst maintain the charm i am sure you will do very well. PS - please start serving Sunday dinners till 8pm... :)

Anonymous said...

I've now seen rather large rats on several occassions by the west side entrance to the footbridge at various time of day. I think they're living behind the railings where people tend to dump rubbish. I've reported this problem to Love Lewisham - (lets see how efficient that service is!) but again this is partly due to terrible design of that alley way.

When will this be looked at?

Brockley Jon said...

Anon@12.30 - eh!? Have you got the right thread?

Anonymous said...

RATS!!!!
I don't like rats.....whose responsibility is this??

Hugh said...

'Love Lewisham' - is that an exclamation or entreaty?

jheaton said...

Hello everyone,

Thanks for your enthusiasm and Merry Christmas.

In response...

Black Sheep: probably, as it has proved popular at The Honor Oak (and is a good ale).

House purchases: unfortunately not, on many levels.

Grocers: maybe.

Best wishes,
James

Tyrwhitty said...

This truly is a dream come true!! We've always though what a great pub the Talbot could be. Best of luck and looking forward to a real local.

Anonymous said...

any chance of getting a pool table in there? there's hardly any pubs in south london with a pool table. i'm a big fan of the gowlett in peckham - another pub in the middle of a residential area...if the talbot followed the formula of the gowlett (decent priced food, guest ales, nice atmosphere without the pretention etc), i'm sure it'll be a great success. good luck!

as for the name - i for one wouldn't like to see it changed...it saved my nan's life during the war...she went in for a gin and passion fruit after work instead of going back to her house in wickham road and she avoided a bomb while she was tucking away her drink!

fabhat said...

hello James,

very glad that the talbot is going to be changed, but not too changed hopefully... I've been to your other pub as well, and thought that there were a couple of things that made if feel rather souless - like the acres of obviously expensive wood pannelling on the bar and the slightly too bright lights. Also the time I went the food was just a bit dull for the price, but these are all comments I'm making because if felt very nearly right - and I hope that the Talbot will be very right...
I think the amersham arms revamp is one of the most successful ones I seen - it still feels like a old pub, but with a much more welcoming feel, and no sticky carpets, rather than a linda barkerised gastro pub.
Anyway - looking forward to testing out the new place when it's done - and hope you take my criticisms in the manner that they are meant.

JPM said...

Please no pool table, waste of space. No TVs, the Brockley Barge and the Wickham welcome Verticle Drinkers seeking endless tickertape sports news.
A gentle reflective atmosphere, fine wines and food with background music.

Anonymous said...

Hi all, why has everything gone quiet on this? I'm getting paranoid that things have fallen through - James, please give us an update on the plans! I can't wait for the day when the builders move in and things get rolling! I live about 200m away from the pub and it will really transform the area to have somewhere nice to go of an evening! Can someone please take on the old grocers too as a beautiful cafe / bar / deli too? I am so excited about this end of lewisham getting some much needed investment that its residents can actually look forward to enjoying!

Brockley Nick said...

I am hopefully speaking to James about this very soon.

Anonymous said...

thanks brockley nick! I've tried emailing him a couple of times but haven't had a response.

Rosie H said...

Please tell me this is really going to happen and work isn't far off commencing.

This end of Tyrwhitt Road could use some love and the rejuvenated Talbot and a potential new grocers would be superb.

Anonymous said...

I live in Tyrwhitt Road and am so excited about having a lovely local a hop and a skip away! Can't wait!

It would be lovely if you could restore some of the original features of this lovely old pub. They did a lovely job of The Royal Albert (formerley Paradise Bar) in New Cross.

And if you were to take on the grocers, it would be amazing to have a cafe/deli!

So so so pleased about this great news!!

Anonymous said...

No more cafes and bloody delis!

Anonymous said...

Why not? The more alternatives to Tesco et al, the better, no?

Anonymous said...

Not as a rule, no.

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