The Telegraph Pub - Under New Management

The Telegraph at the Earl of Denby, the under-appreciated pub on Dennetts Road, Telegraph Hill, is holding a party tonight to celebrate the fact that it's now under new management.

The party starts from 6.30pm tonight, with free cassoulet and a free drink for customers.

With thanks to Harry for reminding us, after we lost the flyer.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just had to look up "Cassoulet".

It's a bean-stew, apparently.

Anonymous said...

It's more than that. I recommend you go to Degustation to buy a decent pre- made cassoulet with sausage and duck. Tres bon..

Ed said...

It's lovely, kinda French version of heinz beans n sausage ;) Didn't everyone get a smart flyer for this?

monty said...

Never mind the pub , you can't beat a good cassoulet. Good, honest, hearty and oleaginous food for wannabe French peasants. Like me.

Anonymous said...

how do you get there???

Anonymous said...

Look on google maps and...erm... Walk

Tamsin said...

Avoided this on Friday - the prospective crowds being more of a put off than free cassoulet being a draw (although I gather from friend do did go that it was excellent). But went out for a meal there yesterday.

Strikes me that they are being less ambitious than the previous managers. (It's still in the same ownership which I see as a plus point, the owner with a track record of turning such places around hasn't given up on it.) And less ambition is, to my mind, a good thing. It will be more sustainable even if it does not get the regular local support it deserves.

For us the food (and we went for three different dishes) was very good with only a couple of minor quibbles that I am sure they will be able to address. There is a variety of seating - we were in a little alcove and were not at all discommoded by a birthday party round the corner. And, the advantage of a local, a couple of friends walked by and joined us with their drinks.

I also love the rather quirky decor. With a world map over the whole of one wall you are never short of coversation. It had clearly prompted some queries among the birthday party, from my seat in the alcove I had it in view and a couple of times people walked up to it to point something out.

NickCroom said...

Tamsin, how does it differ from previous management? The last time we had food in there they had cut down the menu to be a bit less ambitious, and in my opinion, it was a good pub. I presume they haven't redecorated (it doesn't sound like it) so is there much difference?

Tamsin said...

Probably hardly any difference at all. Except that starting lower they might maintain better morale.

Referee said...

Is It a Pub Is It a Restaurant ?cant decide,only one way to find out FIGHT.

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Tamsin said...

Been talking to them of late. No weekday lunches - just not the trade to make it worth-while - but evening food from 5pm and all day Saturday and Sunday to six.

Also a lot going to be happening in the evenings - Salsa (!) on Thursdays, spoken word - alternating Poetry and Comedy fortnightly - on Wednesdays and, continuing from the previous regime, Quiz Nights on Monday.

Anonymous said...

I went here a couple of weeks ago on a Tuesday evening to meet a friend - it was totally dead. I asked if they would be serving food - knowing it was unlikely - they said they didn't serve food on a Tuesday. We had one pint and walked to the Orchard which was really busy, great atmosphere and they were serving food.

Tamsin said...

That was bad luck. Tuesday was the one day a week they close the kitchen. Things have now changed and they are open for food every evening.

Anonymous said...

This was last Tuesday. It clear they weren't serving food because the place was empty.

Anonymous said...

On another note - i think the pub looks excellent from the outside. Really like what they've done to it - but found that the inside didn't live up to the same quality. The pew seating is very uncomfortable and there are few/no windows at the back making it all a bit dark and dingy. I'd like this place to do well because I live nearby but where were the customers. There was one old man in there other than myself and my friend - that's it.

Tamsin said...

@11.01 - the change from no weekday lunches but serving Tuesday evenings is from this week.
Indeed, where are the customers. Hopefully the fact that several Festival events are taking place in the Function Room upstairs might help put it on the map.

Anonymous said...

lets hope so.

Tamsin said...

Actually, just seeing someone knitting has reminded me. It was a pity it was Tuesday last week you went - there is a fortnightly knitting and crochet group (people in their thirties) who meet up there. One of them had cause to ring me and it sounded fairly busy in the background.

Tamsin said...

If anyone hasn't made it right the way over there yet (SE14 5LW) there will be a specific reason to make the effort on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A two person drama piece is being put on Friday (with a repeat Saturday) at 8pm in the Upper Function Room "Couples in Crisis" -C "elia and Keith present an evening of songs, sketches and wry reflections on the ups and downs of life in and out of coupledoom (sic)."

And on Sunday a film show - "Life Beside the Thames" - "Two 45 minute documentaries made by local professional documentary editor, John Kerry. 'A Sideways Launch' is a gentle evocation of life at Pollock's Shipyard in Faversham between 1916 & 1970. 'A Dream of Flight' is the story of the pioneering days of British aviation, leading up to the first official flight by a Briton in Britain, on Sheppey in 1909."

Anonymous said...

sounds crap.

Tamsin said...

The film, the comedy/drama or both? They are very different. And you can always stay downstairs grumbling into your beer.

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