Brockley Central Drinks at The Talbot

Last night, the BC Army was unleashed on The Talbot. With scaffolding still on the walls and the tang of fresh paint lingering in the air, Talbot drinkers old and new filled the pub on its opening night.

It's a fairly small pub and the ground floor is dominated by the bar, which confronts you head-on when you walk in. Seating is pushed to either side and in to a few cosy alcoves. Upstairs, the dining room is served by a small bar. Both floors were packed-out, which is a great show of support for a pub, which many feared had been lost forever. The staff were struggling with temperamental cash registers, unlabelled beer taps and a larger-than-anticipated crowd. Despite that, they coped admirably and the service was friendly throughout the evening.

It's too early (and our head hurts too much) to review the pub properly, but we intend to go back for lunch very soon. Frankly, it was a miracle that the pub was open so soon - given the appalling state it had been allowed to deteriorate to by its former owners. At this stage, The Talbot could probably benefit from a bit more detailing - some flourishes that give a bar like Jam Circus real personality. During our brief chat with the proprietor Felix, he mentioned that he was planning on adding some more furniture shortly.

As BC reader "b." said, while he waiting at the bar in an attempt to "treat" us to a shot:

"It looks very south west London. But then I love south west London - I go drinking there all the time."

Were you there last night? What were your first impressions?

115 comments:

selflickinglollipop said...

I'd been looking forward to your review but the longer it took to get posted the more I figured you'd had a skinful....

Will be looking forward to hearing everyone's views and perhaps some piccies too?

Brockley Nick said...

Haha yes, good deduction!

Brockley Nick said...

Should have added, the Black Sheep went down very well with the ale drinkers.

Anonymous said...

Selflickinglollipop, Why would you want pics,cant you visit It yourself.

Anonymous said...

hop eit's open today- plannign on heading there to test it out for an early doors vino

selflickinglollipop said...

yeah i can but i just wanted to see some of the BC readers having some fun... is that ok?

b. said...

Quoted on brockley central - I never thought I'd get this famous - I'll try stay the down to earth humble lunatic I always was.
Well done to all at the Talbot - will definitely be seeing you all again! (maybe tonight...)

Hugh said...

Did Felix say when the building work would be finished and the skip etc. taken away?

Also, any interesting beers that weren't ales, bitters or stouts?

Brockley Nick said...

Sorry, he didn't mention. I'll see if I can find out.

Beer-wise, I didn't notice anything unusual, but not quite sure what you have in mind?

Hugh said...

Quality German lagers would be good. The now defunct microbar on Lavender Hill did a selection and they were worth crossing town for.

Monkeyboy said...

Hugh, surely the restraining order preventing you from getting closer than 50m from Nick has expired? Or couldn't you have sent your man down to take a look?

Much speculation as to whether you're real or HH's imaginary bike buddy.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed the evening and am so happy that at last we have a decent Brockley boozer. Turn out was brilliant, reflecting how desperate we all were for this to happen! It's a lot smaller than I had imagined (probably a good thing) but I did find it a bit sparse and lacking in personality. A few squashy sofas would have been nice, but I get the impression that Felix still has plans for inside. It's a shame, in a way, to have split up the lovely upstairs room but I guess the kitchen had to go somewhere! I hope the staff will be well briefed when they start serving food - when we asked what one of the canapes was, we were told "I think it's some kind of meatball," which didn't really sell it that well! All in all, however, a great addition to the area, restored quickly and with minimum fuss. The outside looks beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I think the staff serving food will be separate,so will be more knowledgeable,As long as the staff behind the bar know how to pour beers Its ok by me.

The Oracle said...

A large crowd made up of Brockley residents, plus friends and drinkers from the owner's other pubs.

The bar is right in your face as you enter the door and this led to a logjam of people on the night...

The removal of the other section, now part of the owner's house next door, is a sad loss...

The decor is really pleasant on the eye but does need a few pictures and paintings to finish it off...

I enjoyed the upstairs more, but suspect that this may be mostly for dining...

The kitchen is small and this may prove a challenge on Sunday lunches...

Would have liked more continental largers, and did feel at £3.50 that the one presented was a bit pricey...

The outside area is going to be great in summer...

I don't like being filmed or recorded in my leisure time, so I hope Felix will stop this as we are becoming too much of a surveillance society. (TAKE OUT THE CAMERAS.)

But well done to Felix and his staff for a wonderful evening 'inn' truly pleasant surroundings. With The Orchard moving along great guns this suggests a positive change for Brockley.

The Oracle said...

Largers? Lagers.

Brockley Jon said...

It was one hell of an opening night - talk about a baptism of fire. Kudos to the staff who always kept their rag, despite being faced by a constant wall of drinkers at the bar, 3 deep in places!

I was stood next to a couple of old Talbot drinkers at the bar who were chatting about the changes. They seemed very positive about it, but were a bit disappointed that they'd lost their sports on TV.

Was great to catch up with all the Brockley Central lot, have a good gossip and just get a bit sloshed in the company of new friends!

Let me wade in with the beer debate. The Black Sheep bitter did indeed go down a treat - and promptly sold out! The other bitter was 'Dukes' or something, which tasted good too. I also noticed bottled St. Peter's Golden Ale in the fridge, which I will be sure to try next visit.

Lager-wise, quite impressive selection. From what I remember, the usual Fosters, Heineken, etc, but also draft Birra Moretti, and Leffe which wasn't on yet.

I can't wait to go back once everything has calmed down and have myself a decent Sunday lunch!

The Voice of Reason said...

The Oracle is getting less mysterious as time goes on... not sure the civil liberties rant was needed either. CCTV stops crime, absolutely no one is interested in watching you eat your pork scratchings, suck it up and get over it.

tyrwhitt ali said...

And given they had a break in before they even opened, I can quite understand the CCTV

Tressillian James said...

I remember some wit saying he doubted the BC crowd would drink them dry - well we certainly tried (as my head attests) and I glasses were on short supply during the night.

Excellent to have the pub there - brilliant transformation. Spent most of the night upstairs with friends (had an elusive table we didn't want to give up) so it was a shame I missed fellow BCs and tweeters.

BTW the canapes were of impressive quality..

Anonymous said...

I dont know how much the Coca Cola was,But saw somebody ask for 2 pints,which were then poured from a 2 litre bottle with the price of £1.71 on,very professional.

Anonymous said...

Crikey! do you mean that it's cheaper to buy drink from somewhere other than a pub? Thanks for the heads up.

Tim said...

Oracle - Have to say I can't think of one single reason why the CCTV should be removed. I think you'd be better off having a go at the criminals who cause him to need to have it.

Anonymous said...

£3.40 for a pint of Guinness is more than anywhere else in the area! I expect to pay a premium for beer in a nice pub but this is outlandish. And here I was hoping for a more reasonably priced boozer than the RA or Amersham. To compound things in spite of the very beautiful high spec finish, the place is poorly laid out, a bit cold, and sadly lacking in seating. Very disappointed, but not writing it off yet.

se4 said...

Gosh people can be very critical of silly things (e.g. cctv and coke labels). This is the best thing to open in the area in ages, and its so rare to hear of a pub OPENING anywhere in the UK these days, and we have 2 - the Talbot and Orchard. Enjoy these great additions to our area and quit the silly nit-picking please ;)

Hugh said...

Can I get an update on the talent, or wasn't there any?

Bobblekin said...

Absolutely nothing wrong with this pub at all - its great and most important of all - its there! So I'd be more than happy with it regardless, but its a really nice set up and the black sheep and deuchers are a great bonus as well.

Making money out of pubs is really difficult at the moment - so if we don't use it we'll lose it and then everyone will be moaning about not having a pub again!

Felix, any chance of a tv screen? It can be discrete, it'll bring more punters in and it will make for some memorable big game nights from time to time.

It was great to meet brokley nick, john and kate again and monkey boy, drakefell debaser and the peeps from the "dark side".

Good job Felix, more than impressed. You opening up xmas eve and xmas day morning?

I said...

Deuchars. Good choice. A fine session ale.

Pity that I can't justify (or afford) to drink in pubs anymore.

Dr Ed said...

Much to these Sandrock residents, we could not find baby sitters for Friday night and it sounds like we missed a hell of a party!

We managed a Saturday (and Sunday!) Afternoon visit with the little one. Firstly, we were surprised by the size. It feels quite small with such a large bar in the centre of the ground floor. But the bar looked lovely and well polished. Saying that, my lady and I did comment on how the lay out of furniture and semi-partitions of walls seemed a little strange considering the space. Yeah, as others have mentioned, I think it needs 'breaking in' a little to feel homely, and the loss of the (now) flat is a shame to both visitors and 'covers' for the till.

The beer was great, and Felix obviously knows the importance of a good ale (FOUR ALE PUMPS!!). On Saturday the staff were obviously tired and I don't blame them, but they managed to put up with the numerous kids running around the bar (mine included) with a smile and offered free bread and oil/butter with a lack of food until evening.

The toilets looked amazing, and obviously some serious cash had been spent on both floor and walls tiles. Fixtures to come I guess?

Finally, on the subject of CCTV and coke labels... I think CCTV is fine for any business, its just protection isn't it. We all wish we didn't need it. But coke poured from the bottle and charged at post-mix price is harsh. That said, Felix will be making less profit on the bottled stuff than he would on the gun... So until Coke Cola come and install the guns for him I guess we will have to drink beer.;)

All in all, very happy and looking to see how it develops. I know it ranks as the best closet pub for me, but I imagine Jam Circus will still be getting visits (as will the Princess of Wales on the heath).

Andy Endwell said...

I congratulate the Talbot on a job well done and for coping with a huge number of "first nighters". I hope that everyoune continues to support them, I will be making the treck from Sunny Endwell.

Anonymous said...

"but they managed to put up with the numerous kids running around the bar" - that's enough to put me off going in.

Best CD Rates said...

I love to visit places which are jam packed. These places are cozy and popular.

Anonymous said...

Cant these kids stick to the cafe's

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Shoehorned myself in on Friday; can't imagine this will be a typical night especially as the pub was drunk dry of bitter by about 10.45pm.

Seems there is a demand for real ale in SE4.

Will reserve judgement until I have been in on a couple of normal nights, starting tonight! (Monday).

Clearly a few teething problems but all seems promising.

love detective said...

"that's enough to put me off going in."

it's the parents themselves that put me off going to places like that, i can put up with the kids

£3.40 for a guiness eh

Anonymous said...

Of fuck off Fred.

Dr Ed said...

Parents are the ones who need the drink! ;)

Westsider said...

Not a lot going on in Catford, eh fred?

Anonymous said...

Couldn't believe how packed it was on Friday night! I like the place. Yes, it needs cosyfying (sp?) - I'd lose the bright, harsh spotlights in the ceiling, and it needs some soft fabric/touches (heavy curtains, standard lamps?) - but generally loved the feel of it, and can tell that it will work well in both the winter and summer. Just nice to have a decent local at last!

love detective said...

"Of fuck off Fred"

think of the children

love detective said...

"Not a lot going on in Catford, eh fred?"

plenty going on in catford my friend

TM said...

Correct me if I am wrong but Guiness is more than £3.40 in the Ladywell Tavern and both Antic-Inns - Sorry Richard

Anonymous said...

can't beat a bit of misanthropy at this time of year.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to gatecrash - does anyone know The Talbot's phone number? I've only found the old (invalid) one which was 020 8692 1640 Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Ah TM, but the Ladywell Tavern has Entertainment.

Pete said...

Sounds like you all had fun!

Is the Talbot now open properly? Will they be doing Sunday lunch? I've got my parents coming to stay in a couple of weeks and we could go and give it a try.

tyrwhitt ali said...

I cunningly stuck the number in my mobile when I was there on Friday. It's 020 8692 2665

Anonymous said...

Anyone eaten there yet?

Tyrwhitt B said...

We had a burger last night and it was lush! Can't wait to try the Sunday roast... Really nice atmosphere and quite busy for a Monday night.
Loved the pub, although the layout downstairs is a wee bit disappointing, I guess there is a structure reason for it, but it would have been nicer if the tables weren’t that spread and hidden, however it is only my opinion, I wonder if there is going to be some quiz nights…

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

I reckon there's only room for about 8 or 9 quiz teams so unless you gat a PA that works upstairs and downstairs it might be a little small.

We shall see. imight volunteer to do one if I am feeling that way on.

Richard said...

Disappointed not to have made it last Friday, but will be in for a quick couple Thursday night. Have to say, the overwhelmingly positive comments on here are very impressive. It's strange to think the place is even open, let alone any kop, a job well done it seems!

CCTV is a necessary evil, it deters thieves, provides evidence if a customer were to ever fall victim to a crime and keeps the insurance company happy.

Coke from a bottle - ah well, teething problems, sure CocaCola have sorted it.

£3.40 Guinness - TM, you're right, we charge exactly that and the Royal Albert something similar. Most pubs have actually taken a hit on their margins to keep prices down in the last couple of years, £3.40 sounds reasonable to me (especially considering the money Felix will have spent on the refurb and the fact an independent won't have the same buying power as the big boys). NB - When VAT was dropped alchol duty was raised to stop us all drinking through the recession. When VAT returns to 17.5% that duty won't drop back and might even go up - beer prices will be rising again, for sure.

The Wickham and Albertines aside, The Talbot will be by nearest pub and everything sounds extremely promising - even spoke to the manager, Andrew, on the phone today, lovely chap. Congratulations guys!

Anonymous said...

Cant the Independent buy a barrel a lot cheaper than someone tied to Punch or Enterprise,£35 a barrel Ive heard.

Anonymous said...

An Independent can buy beer a lot cheaper than those tied to Punch or Enterprise.

Hugh said...

I don't drink Guiness but you wonder how much those TV ads increase the price of a pint.

Richard said...

Anon, you can be an independent company, ie not part of a chain/group and still be tied and vica versa. It's undoubtedly better financially overall being free of tie as The Talbot now is and JC always has been. There are benefits of being tied, though - you could get a great deal of decor, equipment and structural work paid for (The Waverley Arms in Nunhead was being offered with a £20000 kitchen install by Punch Taverns). Most tied sites can negotiate a release from their tie for spirits, wines, etc.

When all is said and done it's very difficult indeed to turn a profit in a pub, tied or free of tie. Felix will have sunk a lot of money and taken a risk with The Talbot - it sounds to me as if he has priced accordingly and fairly.

M said...

Don't let Fred Vest hear you say that. According to him charging more than pennies for a drink is akin to repeatedly punching the working class in the face.

Anonymous said...

When I were a lad we used to enjoy getting punched in the face. None of this namby-pamby, ciabatta and recycled Christmas tree nonsense.

TM said...

Hugh

As well as not drinking Guinness you don't spell it right either.

I am beginning to doubt if you have ever been in a pub...

Anonymous said...

Your right Richard,but the amount of guvnors I've heard complaining about being tied,And that's the price they have to charge,Then lo and behold they get untied,and up goes the price.Is It greed ?

Anonymous said...

tyrwhitt ali 30th Nov - many thanks for The Talbot's phone number - cheers!

Anonymous said...

£3.40 Guinness - TM, you're right, we charge exactly that and the Royal Albert something similar. "Most pubs have actually taken a hit on their margins to keep prices down in the last couple of years, £3.40 sounds reasonable to me"

Fair enough, but one still wonders why places like the Marquis of Granby, Star and Garter, Little Crown and Deptford Arms manage to keep their pints well under £3 without going under. I'd be grateful if someone could explain this to me. It can't all be down to pricey decor.

NB the Albert charges £3.30 for their Guinness, and something like £3.10 when they first opened and needed to build up clientele.

Anonymous said...

Could It be called Greed ?

Richard said...

"Fair enough, but one still wonders why places like the Marquis of Granby, Star and Garter, Little Crown and Deptford Arms manage to keep their pints well under £3 without going under."

Do we want our pubs to just avoid going under? We collectively get upset when a pub becomes flats, yet to turn a profit is sneered at. Pubs rarely make big profit and are high risk. For all of the cheaper pubs still surviving (well done them), there are plenty that have closed in Brockley, Deptford etc.

£3.10 to £3.30 on Guinness in 3 years will mean their profit has fallen. Ours has gone £3.10 to £3.40 in that time.

tryingtostopaxefalling said...

Didn't most of the closed down pubs In Brockley happen well before the recession ?

Brockley Nick said...

Yes.

Anonymous said...

So, they let children run around, but are they dog friendly? Proper pubs let dogs in.

Anonymous said...

Yes,The Talbot Is dog friendly.

Tamsin said...

Read that on the side-bar as "Yes, the Talbot dog is friendly." (But, that, m'seiur, is not my dog).
They should be, with their name...

Anonymous said...

It is way too expensive and too spartan in terms of decor. Why no curtains too? It's not exactly cosy.
The outside area needs finishing.
I reckon a wooden decked area with plants and railings would be a good idea.

Anonymous said...

When are they planning to fix the bathroom doors so they don't slam??? (ladies) or fit some toilet roll holder to the walls, so the toilet paper is not on the floor... ???? a bit more attention to those maybe little, but important details please…

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Is a question you need to ask Andy the Manager.

Break from the Talbot tonight to take in the excellent Paul Astles and Bobby Valentino playing at the Wickham Arms - snow permitting

Anonymous said...

went to the Talbot for lunch on Sunday, was quite impressed, nice decor, much better service than in many brockley establishments, food was fine though a little disappointed that they didn't have sunday roasts (other than lamb) and not a huge selection. Definitely a good addition to the neighbourhood!

Anonymous said...

Polish builders,maybe the toilet doors in poland slam shut,and they have there toilet paper on the floor.

Anonymous said...

Agree with comments regarding The Talbot not being 'cosy'. It really needs at least one sofa area to break up all the tables, and a better choice of beers. With all those pumps i can't believe they couldn't make room for a nice ale or draught cider in amongst the kronenbourg and the becks! Not massively speedy/friendly on the service, but i guess you can't have everything in Brockley! I'm sticking to The Orchard for my local drinking...

Simon & Olivia @Geddes said...

We went into The Talbot for lunch today and we were both really impressed with the food and the service.
It is great to see a delapidated building transformed into a bright, tastefully decorated pub.
The menu offered an excellent choice and the wine list seemed pretty good also.
We had three courses and two large glasses of wine all for fifty-five quid including 10% service which we both considered excellent value.
It is great to see businesses having the confidence to invest heavily in the local area and The Talbot is certainly a good addition.
I am sure they have had and are having teething problems in the early stages of their venture (as mentioned already on BC) but they seem to have got the basics right and I am sure they will address any other issues in time.
We wish the owners all the very best for the future and we will be back to sample the rest of the wine list and few of the real ales in due course.

bringbacktherealpubs said...

With all the attention seeming to be aimed at the food side,I believe The Talbot Is more of a Restaurant than a Pub now.

appleman said...

Yeah a proper Cider would be good, Instead of the usual Bulmers Woodpecker tat

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Take it from me the Talbot can still be used as a pub.

I have been in there at least 20 times now (and can name all the bar staff from memory) and have yet to eat.

Something to look forward to in the new year, but not on new year's eve. Must get in by 10pm!

Pete said...

I've eaten in the Talbot twice now. We went for Sunday lunch and also for lunch on Friday and both meals were really excellent.

If I want a pub meal I'll be mostly going there from now on.

Anonymous said...

If I want a meal I go to a restaurant,If I want a beer I go to a Pub.

Pete said...

Well anon, you're missing out because you can get fantastic meals in plenty of pubs now. But if you want to be a boring old stick in the mud that's fine with me...

M said...

Where do you go if you want a beer and a meal Anonymous?

Anonymous said...

There both done separately In my opinion,would the pubs like It If restaurants sold draught beer I dont think so,Oh sorry The Talbot Is already doing It.

Beer nazi said...

No beer for you!

M said...

So, no beer with your curry then Anonymous?
Stop being obtuse. The Talbot is a pub that does beer and food - like most these days - just enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who thinks the bar manager is not that welcoming????

Headhunter said...

Not sure which one the bar manager is but yes the staff are not particularly welcoming or friendly, but no less so than any other pub or bar in London I don;t think. They just serve beer and wine with no chat and a slightly bored expression.

To be honest that's fine by me. I'm not in there often enough to develop a rapport with the people who work there and in any case when I am there, I'm usually there for conversation with my friends rather than the bar staff. I just want to get my drinks and get back to our table.

Pete said...

Well whenever I've been it has always been really busy and the staff a bit overworked. I don't think they have the time to chat really, either that or they're too tired!

It was absolutely heaving the Sunday before last.

Anonymous said...

I for one won't be sad to see the back of turning up to a pub when you're starving and being offered a choice of pork scratchings or cheese and onion crisps! Doesn't have to be fussy food - just affordable and substantial!

Hugh said...

Do they serve any interesting beers? I may pop in in the near future.

Also, which is better, downstairs or up?

Monkeyboy in a low rent cafe said...

Let me know when your turning up, I'll organise a baying mob. Hanging or burning at the stake?

Headhunter said...

Hugh - Not particularly interesting. But then I like to drink ales, not really interested in generic nitro keg lagers from Massive Brewery PLC. So depends what you like...

Headhunter said...

Last time I was there, we sat upstairs and were the only people up there, not much atmosphere but it was nice to have all the space. The upstairs bar was closed so we had to go downstairs for our drinks. Music was provided by a small, slightly battered looking stereo on the floor in the corner, with a single CD on loop. It looked like it must have been there since the painters were in judging by the blobs of paint splattered all over it.

I still prefer the upstairs bit though. Now that they have cut part of the pub off to create more space for the house next door, the downstairs bit feels a little bit poky. Upstairs is much lighter and more airy.

Anonymous said...

last week we pop in for a couple, downstairs was, not super busy, but all table’s taken, we venture upstairs and was completely empty although all tables were set for a meal, we ask the “not welcoming manager” if we could have a couple and he wasn’t really excited about it… mumbling something like “if it’s only for one…” He served us a pint of really warm beer… we didn’t even finish it… in the other hand, I’ve visited in other occasions and the experience lovely, maybe he wasn't in a good mood...

HailtheAle said...

They have some good winter ales on In the Barge at the moment,£1.69 a pint.

laluna said...

Blimey. I thought I'll have a quick look on BC to see what they say about The Talbot. I feel like I've done a shift behind the bar already listening to all the locals air their pet moans and predictable insults. I did scrape up a little info about the place and will give it a try but goodness, you guys have a lot of time on your hands!

olly said...

Seems mostly informative and positive to me, laluna. Not really sure what you're talking about.

Anonymous said...

I ventured in Talbot again this weekend and the staff were much nicer than any other occasions... food was extremely good as usual, so thumbs up for their change of attitude.

Anonymous said...

I ventured in Talbot again this weekend and the staff were much nicer than any other occasions... food was extremely good as usual, so thumbs up for their change of attitude.

Anonymous said...

I thought Felix was going to live next door to the Talbot... apparently now the house is for sale with a starting price of £625k

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-28477814.html?locationIdentifier=OUTCODE%5E2331&insId=3&maxDaysSinceAdded=14&pageNumber=1&backToListURL=%2Fproperty-for-sale%2Ffind.html%3FsearchType%3DSALE%26locationIdentifier%3DOUTCODE%255E2331%26insId%3D3%26radius%3D0.0%26displayPropertyType%3D%26minBedrooms%3D%26maxBedrooms%3D%26minPrice%3D%26maxPrice%3D%26retirement%3D%26partBuyPartRent%3D%26maxDaysSinceAdded%3D14%26_includeSSTC%3Don%26sortByPriceDescending%3D%26primaryDisplayPropertyType%3D%26secondaryDisplayPropertyType%3D%26oldDisplayPropertyType%3D%26oldPrimaryDisplayPropertyType%3D%26newHome%3D%26auction%3Dfalse%26x%3D44%26y%3D14

Interesting...

Mb said...

Well it's not as if needs to ask our permission because we buy the occasional pork scratching

Drinker not eater said...

Not sure about Pork Scratchings but their crisps are way overpriced at £1.50 for a regular packet.

Beer prices are generally OK tho'

Anonymous said...

The house looks nice enough but I'd never pay that much to live next door to a pub and that close to Loampit Vale.

Anonymous said...

Loampit Vale is not that much of a problem, the railway would...

SixFingers said...

That lines not used much,Apart from the Nuclear waste trains late at night.

Anonymous said...

Will the pub be for sale next ?

Brockley Nick said...

Everyone wanted a decripit pub restored. Now it has been and is well used and getting pretty good reviews. Who cares about the house - if that was part of their financial calculations, good for them.

patrick1971 said...

I just hope they haven't had to sell the house to keep the pub going. Good to hear that it's been busy. I've been twice now, only to drink, not to eat. I agree with headhunter that the downstairs space seems very cramped. But both times I've been there it's been quiet so have managed to get a table without fuss. A nice venue.

Anonymous said...

Its being sold for more than he paid for the whole building.

Anonymous said...

Nuclear waste? You kidding????

It is quite noisy to be honest, and my house is not as close as that one...

Oh well, good on them if they sell the house! the street is getting better.

Anyone knows what is going on with the squaters house? it is a real eyesore!

SixFingers said...

Yep, apparently a few years ago some type of Nuclear waste was being transported on that line,It was In the Mercury and News Shopper at the time.

Brockley Kate said...

Nuclear waste trains regularly run on that line.

http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/media/press-releases/nuclear-waste-train-timetables-for-uk-published-for-first-time-by-greenpeace

drakefell debaser said...

yes, I can hear that train at night trundle past the rear of my house. Something comforting about it despite the fact it's cargo could seriously mess with my gene pool.

Tamsin said...

Yes, it was quite funny. LBL proudly jumped on a bandwagon to declare itself a nuclear free zone (or somesuch meaningless tag) ignorant of the fact that these trains trundled through nightly almost glowing in the dark.

SixFingers said...

Thanks,didn't think id dreamt It.

Webbed feet said...

Not all bad, you should see me swim

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