The Montague Arms: The secret's out!

It's shaping up to be a bit of a pubs month on Brockley Central. The soon-to-be-released Rough Pub Guide, billed as a celebration of the great British boozer, features completely barmy New Cross gem The Montague Arms as its number 1 pub. We won't go on about it here, since many of you will have read about it tonight in the London Paper.

Brockley Central has been a fan for some time now, but we wonder what will happen to the Montague as a result of its new found fame. Perhaps they need to adjust their well-loved 'Coach Parties Welcome' sign to 'Coach Parties Likely'?

13 comments:

oryx said...

'Completely barmy New X gem' is pretty accurate.

We went in there a couple of months ago. The bar staff look like the Adams family and my dreams are still haunted by the memory of the dead stag's head, circa about 1850, where the eyes had (presumably) gone manky and been replaced with ghostly white polyfilla. If you've been there you'll know what I mean.

The beer's cheap and there was a band warming up the night we went in. I liked it.

Long may it, and its eccentric like, live on.

spincat said...

Oh, am glad to hear it is still open: last few times I went past it looked shut down - good news indeed.

Tamsin said...

Ditto to what Spincat said. I've been meaning to go there for years but the opening hours seem a litle random.
Is it true they have a real skeleton in there?

patrick1971 said...

I go there every so often to hear some live music. It's certainly an odd place. Before I'd been in, I always used to roar with laughter at the seemingly hopelessly optimistic "coach parties welcome" sign. It conjured up images of elderly French and German coach parties pulling up in deepest SE14, expecting a Harvester style carvery and getting the Montague Arms instead.

I note that article in thelondonpaper says that Paul McCartney played an impromptu gig there once. I wonder if that was the same time when he patronised the fish and chip shop near New Cross station, which as a picture of him tucking into a cone of chips.

The Charlie Chaplin in Elephant & Castle, also recommended by that guide, is a dump that's best avoided, though.

Transpontine said...

The coach parties sign is not a complete joke, I have actually been in there when a crowd of bemused young Dutch people have been disgorged into the pub for a quick drink. The pub is after all on the main route which numerous coaches from the continent take on their way from Dover into central London and beyond. Presumably there's some deal that the coach driver gets free food and drink (hopefully not too much of the latter). I can't think of a better introduction to London than stopping off in the Montague Arms.

Headhunter said...

I've been there a couple of times, and I think the first time I went it was full of Dutch tourists who all left on 2 coaches shortly after we arrived. Then the pub was completely empty.

Earlier the same night there had been some Elvis Presley impersonator on stage and another couple of acts which the Dutch tourists were all singing along to. It was as you say, truly bizarre. After they had all left, the bar staff were quite happy for us to use the stage for an impromptu karaoke night, which was a laugh, we were all a bit hammered by then...

It certainly seems to be open still, I think it always looks pretty ramshackle and half shut down.

Headhunter said...

I've been there a couple of times, and I think the first time I went it was full of Dutch tourists who all left on 2 coaches shortly after we arrived. Then the pub was completely empty.

Earlier the same night there had been some Elvis Presley impersonator on stage and another couple of acts which the Dutch tourists were all singing along to. It was as you say, truly bizarre. After they had all left, the bar staff were quite happy for us to use the stage for an impromptu karaoke night, which was a laugh, we were all a bit hammered by then...

It certainly seems to be open still, I think it always looks pretty ramshackle and half shut down.

Ann said...

Had a drink there about a million years ago. Seemed a bit dingy, but at least it had some character.

Anonymous said...

I've never understood how london pubs, with london prices, never seemt to be able to afford a lick of paint.

brockley Sarah said...

@ anon. 13 Aug 13:24

That's what makes the place what it is! Try the comedy night, that was very 'interesting'!! ;0)

Rosie said...

I passed by this pub the other day and the clientele I could see on the outside were quite scary looking ( late night).I'm quite keen to try it out though, anyone knows when the comedy/band night is?

Anonymous said...

Tamsin
They have a skeleton but I doubt it's real. Check it out and decide.

They do have funny hours though. I think the times are as follows:
Every evening except Wednesday
Open daytime Sunday
The Sunday lunch is great value and you have the accompaniment of a blind organist!
James

Sam said...

I've played it a few times over the last year with the band, as I recall there's more than one skeleton in that place and according to the old folks behind the bar, they are real... woo.

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