Ladywell Tavern - grand re-opening

The Ladywell Tavern is under new management, and flyers are doing the rounds offering a free drink and nibbles from 4pm on the day of the grand opening, this Saturday 21st June.

We never visited the pub in its previous incarnation, and we've yet to talk to the new owner, but there is a note on Beerintheevening stating their intentions:

"...a lovely traditional english pub with a modern twist selling a good selection of our favorite beers, ciders and guest ales. We have a top kitchen and are hoping to provide good old simple grub daily and a smashin sunday lunch. Our philosophy is all about good drink, good food, good music and good times."

Families are welcome to the opening day, but it's over 21s after 8pm. A note on the flyer also states "no sportswear or dirty work clothes", which implies an upmarket feel. BC has never been a fan of dress codes since we spend most of our life in trainers, but this sounds like a simple "no scruffs or chavs" rule (classism? - discuss).

BC readers have been crying out for a decent gastropub for years, so get along there after the Hilly Fields Fayre to find out if it's up to the task.

The Ladywell Tavern, 80 Ladywell Road, SE13 7HS.

36 comments:

Hugh said...

Their use of the word 'top' rings alarm bells.

Tressilliana said...

So does the word 'smashin'.

I never went into the place under the old management but always had the impression it was a bit of a dive.

I hate that dress code stuff.

Amanda said...

Good news, I'll be down at some point soon to sample the fare.

Dress code in a south east London gastroboozer seems a bit unnecessary, places generally establish these things naturally but whateverz.

tyrwhitt michael said...

Isn't "smashin" (hic) how you pronounce it when you've had a few top lagers like "wifebeater....."

Hugh said...

Stipulating a dress code tends to translate as: 'Entire current clientele no longer welcome.'

lb said...

Glad to see that as a traditional English pub, they've used the that well-known traditional English spelling "favorite".

Do you think a rumpled suit counts as "dirty work clothes"?

Anonymous said...

They're very gently saying "No vicky pollard or brickies", which I think is fair enough.

Anonymous said...

used to drink in there friday nights when I worked in ladywell about 20 years ago. Was tired and shabby then, nipped in to watch some footie about a year ago and little had changed.

had a nice Victorian wooden interior which I assume has been renovated rather than replaced . . .

Tamsin said...

How loud is the good music? If I am in a pub I do like to be able to hear the conversation.

Sue Luxton said...

I was told that the chef used to work with Marco Pierre White, though they didn't say in what capacity or why s/he left.

Will be making a bee-line there post-Hilly Fields Fayre on Saturday.

Anonymous said...

How loud is the conversation? If I am in a pub, I like to hear the music.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure I want to go into any pub that would let me in.

Anonymous said...

This is great news - ignore the snobs and dullards above. I live nearby and have been watching the renovation with great interest over the past few months - they seem to be doing a good job although of course I have yet to see the interior.
Anyway, real ales and good food sounds ok to me and if anybody really wants to wear their football shirt on a night out then I'm sure the Barge will welcome them with open arms.

Anonymous said...

Well said!
Three cheers to the Ladywell Tavern I say - this area has been crying out for a pub like this. I will definitely be down there this sat.

Nina said...

"no sportswear"

You mean they're not going to let the boys in straight from the cricket pitch? Smells pretentious to me, I don't mind sportswear and there's nothing wrong with going to the pub the local decorator drinks in.

max said...

Look at the bright side, no rugby shirts with necks up and no corporate lawyers with greasemarks on their ties since lunchbreak.

Monkeyboy said...

Ahhh... the old 'too many of them but not enough of me' argument. There is no right answer - it'll sink or swim on it's own merits.

Brockley Jon said...

@Anon 19.11, don't Wetherspoon's pubs have a 'no football shirts' policy! Strange but true.

All this stuff and nonsense about dress codes aside, I'm very much looking forward to having another decent boozer within walking reach. Still haven't tried Masons for dinner. A Ladywell tour is definitely called for.

patrick1971 said...

"BC readers have been crying out for a decent gastropub for years"

Don't Jam Circus and the Brockley Jack count as gastropubs? Or do I just have low standards?

I walk past the Ladywell Tavern every day on my way to work. Peered inside on Wednesday evening and it looked very unfinished; they're optimistic for a Saturday opening IMHO. But good luck to them and I'll definitely be down there at some point to check it out.

max said...

But do Jam Circus and Brockley Jack have dress codes?

Just not to be misunderstood, my opinion is that if one runs a pub he can decide whatever he wants as to what their customers should be wearing or not and if as it looks, this is a place where food is important rather than a traditional pub then it's only right that the owners want to create what they think is the right atmosphere to enjoy their culinary efforts.

Still, as Nina says "I don't mind sportswear and there's nothing wrong with going to the pub the local decorator drinks in".

Hugh said...

Why would anyone want to hang out in Ladywell? Same goes for Crofton Park. Or anywhere near TM2, to be fair. At root, this is the issue.

Anonymous said...

Hugh - one wonders why you live around here. You never have anything nice to say about the area, yet you haven't moved? Why not if it's so bad. Maybe you can't afford to move - who knows - but your actions and words don't match. You're also a regular on this website so something is compelling you to keep logging on. very odd.

Headhunter said...

Actually Hugh, you were going to move weren't you? Out to Ealing or something wasn't it? Can't get enough of good ole Brockers, eh?

JPM said...

Does 'no sportswear' mean I can't wear my shorts? (I'm sure the weather is going to be great tomorrow - even though the experts say rain.)

The other thing is that 'dirty worke clothes' bit. I can sometimes, on occasion, sit typing in a loincloth, and I don't wash it for days. Her indoors gives me a right roasting, but does this count? (Not the roasting.)If it does then you won't be seeing me. (Which may be a relief.)

JPM said...

I popped in for the opening...

The 'complementary' drink was a glass of kier Royale, which I sipped with my pint.

I was disappointed to see just two draught lagers on offer, and I did not see a large amounts of bitter or real ales. Hopefully that will change as the pub moves along.

The paint was wet, and some parts rushed. The nibbles were not to be seen when I was there. The bad bits.

The ambiance of the Ladywell Tavern is terrific. Although the painting has been toshed in places the colour was relaxine and the bar, a terrific chunk of wood all round, looks terrific. The lighting is relaxing.

There were about fifty customers when I was there, many who may have turned uo for the free drinks and nibbles. I think the pub will quickly establish itself as a great venue. The attractive women behind the bar should go a great way towards ensuring that too.

sue said...

We popped in after the Hilly fields on Sat, and the place was buzzing....hope it will prove popular...and it was still quite busy at 11ish when I walked past on my way back from the city.
Good Luck to the team behind the venture.

betamatt said...

We also went along on Saturday and were very impressed. The pub looks good and it was packed, with a great atmosphere. We also missed the free food but were reliably informed that it had been delicious! We did meet one of the owners (and his huge dog!) who was very friendly and open to suggestions on how the place could be improved - how about an interview with him Brockley Nick?They still have some finishing touches to complete - in particular the sprucing up of the patio garden - but it all bodes very well for a great local and I urge everyone on this blog to support the pub and help that to happen. We'll certainly be going back - and often!

Brockley Kate said...

Brockley Jon, Brockley Sarah, Elijah B and I made it down to the Tavern after the summer fair, and Jon's going to do a write-up of it soon - I won't ruin the suspense by telling you our verdict!

Marc said...

I popped into it yesterday, and I have to say that I receieved the best tasting BLT I've ever had therefore there must be some truth in the Cook's rumour.

The venue is looking promising, I know the landlord is still tweaking away and on a positive note, he was asking for feedback.

I am happy that things are progressive in Ladywell, be it the Ladywell Tavern or the Ladywell Action Group.

Ladywell Tavern said...

Hello Ladywell, thank you for all your comments on the pub. We are open to all of your opinions!
For now we just want to make it clear that our so called "dress code" is merely a guideline. We welcome all to come and enjoy a decent pub that serves good food, wine and beer in an environment that is relaxed and comfortable for everyone.
It has been a long road to get to this point, and we hope you continue to give us any comments and feedback.
Hopefully you will be patient and supportive of our new venture, as it is still a work in progress.
We will be extending our menu and will have two more guest ales available soon.
There will be a comments book on the bar, so feel free to drop by and tell us what you think!

Anonymous said...

Does the Ladywell Tavern have a beer garden?

betamatt said...

It has a beer patio...

Brockley Kate said...

Ladywell Tavern is currently doing 2 burgers for £10 on their special Wednesday 'burger evenings'.
It's not bad value, the burgers are well-made, tasty and large. However the serving of chips is incredibly paltry, rather disappointing.

Pleasant service and a nice atmosphere though.

Anonymous said...

I heared about the Tank from a member of a up and coming band lookin good.

Anonymous said...

Went there for the Tuesday quiz last night.

The smoking zone at the back is filthy and more suited to a prison than a pub.

The hideous interior decor has become decrepit before its time, and they haven't even bothered to buy decent furniture.

They have a pretty and vivaceous barmaid, but the attitude of the bearded and miserable barman is beyond the pale. It's a: "You're all beneath me, and I hope you die soon" stance, which is not attractive. I had to wait 10 minutes to get served, even though there was nobody else waiting. He was bleak (as usual), for no apparent reason. My wife went up to get a second round, but we gave up hope when it was clear that he couldn't give a toss about people wanting a drink.

We departed to the nearby Fox out of despair, and were well rewarded. The cheery barman knew what we wanted to drink before we asked, and the drinks were not as extortionately priced as they are in the Ladywell. If you want a bad evening out, go to the Ladywell Tavern. But don't say you weren't warned.

Anonymous said...

We tried the Ladywell Tavern earlier this evening for the first time. It's 2 burgers for £10 Wednesday. We had a great evening in front of the roaring log fire - service was quick and friendly, atmosphere was nice, toilets lovely and clean, food great (HUGE meaty burgers!). We had our toddler with us and she played with the toys and wolfed down bangers and mash. We were offered a high chair and provided with a plastic cup and cutlery for her. Will be going back soon.

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