The Talbot - slow and steady

Reporting on the progress of the Gallery and The Talbot's restoration is a test of a blogger's endurance, but both projects are gradually being realised.

As we busy ourselves about our various concerns with infinite complacency, intellects vast and cool slowly and surely draw their plans for us.

So, having gone dark for a while, Jamie from The Talbot has popped up to tell us that The Talbot will be closing on Saturday 30th August to allow refurbishment to begin with a view to re-opening early December. We hope to have some of the designs to show you shortly.

27 comments:

Richard Elliot said...

YEY!!!

Really looking forward to having a lovely new local to visit.

A venue for the Xmas BC drinks...?

Kirsty said...

Yippeeeeeeeeeeee! Progress!
I can't wait - it's going to be great to have this around the corner.

Good on them for ploughing ahead. They won't regret it when they see how many local people will enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

Slow and steady wins the race. Best of luck with it and look forward to enjoying a nice pint and a meal there for the first time.

tj said...

Great news - the St Johns side is picking up - with Meze already and now Saigon Blues (good authentic vietnamese), the Talbot will give us three down this end.

Headhunter said...

Good news on the Talbot! Glad they haven't abandoned the renovations. I haven't been over to Meze for a while, but last time I was there about a month or so ago, the sea container was still there and not much had happened. Is the much discussed Turkish bakery there yet?

Hugh said...

Might be ready for London 2012 at this rate.

tj said...

Sea container check, lack of bakery check, delicous meal at reasonable price check

Brockley Nick said...

Re: meze - they are doing something to it. There's a small amount of work going on, but it reminds me of my own diy efforts - painfully slow and piecemeal

Headhunter said...

The last time I went by there it looked as though some activity had taken place, but nothing more than had already been done a few weeks before that. Ah well, if it comes, it comes, if it doesn't it doesn't. Can't miss what you never had in the first place

I'll believe it when I.... said...

I shall be very interested to see where all these potential future Talbot customers come from.

No one hardly uses it now and does a lick of paint and some new furnture make that much difference?

Headhunter said...

I should think there will be a lot of potential custom in the area, loads of people on this site have been expressing enthusiasm. As it is it's shabby and a little scary. Done up and shamelessly gastro is just what a lot of people are looking for. There's certainly nothing like that in the near vicinity

Anonymous said...

That is such a dumb, defeatist attitude. It's a complete transformation. Build it, they will come! It's been proven time and again. They said there's been a health food shop in brockley ten years ago that failed, so the shop on the hill would never work. The shop's doing fantastic. So will the pub.

Brockley Jon said...

I'll certainly be down to the Talbot on a regular basis. Will be great to get some decent modern-european grub along The Way.

Re. the Turkish bakery, indeed, slow progress, but the building nextdoor to it (a shabby boarded up shop that was probably once quite grand) has an application in to be turned into flats. Although that rules out the possibility of a fancy coffee shop next door to the mythical bakery, it will at least tidy that block up.

Brockley Nick said...

Jon, do you have time to create a new thread about that flat news please?

Brockley Jon said...

Will do boss :)

Anonymous said...

The old health food shop didn't fail. The lease was coming up for renewal and the owner decided to retire.

Anonymous said...

Of course people will use The Talbot! Look at the other transformed pubs in the area - all are doing well and there's nothing around that area. It'll be heaving!

Anonymous said...

Does the Talbot have a beer garden ?

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Yes it does have a garden although half of the benches are currently "on holiday" at the Honor Oak.

This is really bad news for me though. I'm going to have to walk round to the Wickham Arms for the next three months just as the weather starts to turn cold and wet!

fabhat said...

TM - think how excited you'll be about December though!

tyrwhitt michael said...

Not necessarily I like a quiet pint not an room full of braying yuppies stuffing their faces...

Bah humbug! - Christmas/December reference.

tyrwhitt michael said...

Latest news is that they will be closing from this coming Friday as they will be running out of beer by then.

Don't suppose that means they will reopen any earlier?

Anonymous said...

Yey! Drink up and then they can get on with it!

tyrwhitt michael said...

The pub is now shut.

I'll update the blog if or when I see any evidence of building work starting.

Kirsty said...

It looks eerily dead in there. Has anyone heard anything more from Jamie? I assume building work will start next week?

I hope things haven't fallen by the wayside...Michael, did they give you any idea when work would start?

Anonymous said...

What's happening?! You'd have thought they'd have strated right away. Time is money. They haven't just abandoned it have they?

Anonymous said...

What's going on? Nothing seems to be happening! Can we please hassle them for an update?

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