The Orchard - watch this space

The Orchard, Harefield Road's new bar / kitchen, is nearly ready for its formal opening night, having completed a remarkably quick re-fit.

We're hoping to organise a BC Drinks night before Christmas to celebrate its opening and will let you know the details very soon. We wouldn't normally dare to try and summon the might of the BC Army so soon after The Talbot drinks night, but then we are entering uncharted territory with a second bar-opening in such a short period of time.

17 comments:

laluna said...

yeah! Congratulations. Looking forward to trying it out...

Matt-Z said...

Great stuff. Brockley hasn't had this many different places to drink for years. The Wolseley, Duke of Edinburgh, CPT and others all went over the course of about 10 years in a sorry cull. While they weren't all great, at least they were there. To be honest I didn't have high hopes for the Talbot surviving, but it has, and now the Orchard is opening up. Fantastic news for all in the area.

By the way, why does the General Napier in Honor Oak never get a mention? It's an old school boozer that's somehow outlived most of its peers.

Paddyom said...

I also spotted some new Spanish looking bar called 'Try.' in Honor Oak the other day. Looks pretty cool and it has Cruzcampo on tap - my favourite from Spain. Anyone been?

Brockley Nick said...

@Matt-Z - it never gets a mention from me because I have to confess I've never heard of it.

TM said...

We, sorry, I mean The Talbot used to play the General Napier in the local darts league.

Whilst I have not been in for about 10 years I have fond memories of it.

They used to have a big cribbage school in there I seem to recall.

Gold star to anyone who can tell me where the dartboard used to be in the Talbot?

Anonymous said...

It's the ol' tapas bar innit?

Anonymous said...

Have the dodgy tables been turned........out

bobblekin said...

I believe the dart board was in the north east corner of the Talbot, next to the notice board and the broken window. I sat there and had a nice meal the other day!

Any details on where those other Brockley pubs were? Have the premises been knocked down?

Anonymous said...

The funeral place on Brockley road near the end of Adelaide Avenue would make a great pub. I presume it originally was.

Looking forward to The Orchard opening!

pubgeek said...

The Duke of Edinburgh was half way down Malpas Road, and has recently been turned into flats. The Crystal Palace Tavern was on Tanners Hill near The George and was knocked down for flats. The Wolseley was opposite The Wickham Arms, now flats. The Maypole was another pub on Mantle Road closed a few years ago demolished and now behind green hoardings. The Barge probs had a bit to do with these by sucking all the daytime drinkers/alcoholics in...

The Earl of Denby on Telegraph Hill has been recently refurbished and is brilliant, and Skehans on Drakefell Road is good too and has nice Thai restaurant attached...

Headhunter said...

Pubgeek - interesting potted history of very local byegone pubs. I was aware of the Lord Wolseley or whatever it was called and had wondered what the old pub (now flats) on Malpas had been called. Interesting point that the Barge may have hastened the decline of the other pubs, I suppose Wetherspoons with its dirt cheap food and drink must be a draw to your average alcoholic. Why pay more than necessary to screw your liver?

Paddyom said...

The Orchard was open and busy again last night - i take it its open for good now then? Nick any word?

Anonymous said...

The CPT and the Wolseley,Were long gone before the Barge opened

Matt-Z said...

I wouldn't bank on Albertines (formerly the Malt & Hops) not ending up as flats

@Nick - The General Napier is on Bovill Road which is between Brockley Rise and the railway line at Honor Oak. You should try it out. No chance of Früli, Staropramen, or anything else fancy, but a rare example of an old-style pub surviving in these parts.

Brockley Nick said...

@Matt-Z Albertines seems to do OK. Regular trade and the occasional big night.

Anonymous said...

I think some of the ones that just opened will go before Albertines.

Anonymous said...

Pubgeek
All the pubs you mentioned were closed before the Barge opened.

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