Coming soon: The Ravensbourne Arms


Antic, owner of local pubs Jam Circus and The Royal Albert, is getting ready to sprinkle its magic pixie dust on a Ladywell venue.

323 Lewisham High Street, formerly the Coach and Horses, has been renamed the Ravensbourne Arms and friend of BC Rosie has this picture of it, mid-makeover.

In Brockley Central's first year, Lewisham's pubs were in steep decline, with many venues being lost to residential developers. Today, the picture looks rosier.

23 comments:

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

It is good news that we will have a decent pub of a decent size.

I could hardly shoehorn myself into the Talbot last Saturday night.

Whilst this is good news for the owners it shows there is demand for more of the same.

Pete said...

That's great news unless you run the Ladywell Tavern I suppose.

I used to go the Coach and Horses just to watch boxing matches as it was the only place that ever had them on. It was a little bit rough!

I like Jam Circus a lot though so will certainly welcome this new pub.

M said...

Excellent news - Antic run good pubs. Some competition might be good for the Tavern too - it needs to up it's game a bit.

max said...

It's great news, the Coach and Horses was awful.
Now together with the nearby excellent Jolly Farmers and the Fox and Firkin that has a pretty good music program this becomes a new cluster of good pubs in Lewisham.

Paddyom said...

Is that the 'cockrail bar' type of place opposite the Church near the Ladywell junction with Lewisham High Steet?
If so i am delighted as noticed it had shut down the other day and assumed more souless Resi would spring up... hopefully it is successful :)

Paddyom said...

'cocktail bar' even

Anonymous said...

Yep,that's the one.
I see the Fox has made it to the final 5 in the London Music Pub of the year Award.

Brockley Jon said...

Wow, that place is massive - why have I never even noticed it before!? Well, maybe because it looks so dodge! Far enough away from the Tavern that it shouldn't affect things too much.

RosieH said...

Isn't it great news...

This is what Fi from Antic Ltd emailed to say:

Our lovely builders got to work on the undercoat today and will be doing their best to revive those long hidden tiles.
The big banner will go up as soon as the paint is dry and it’s time to welcome the new Ravensbourne Arms.
I’m getting started in the garden towards the end of the week and we seriously hope to get the pub open in record time.
Stay tuned, I’ll let you know about the launch party as soon as possible.
Cheers!
Fi

Cllr Mike Harris said...

I totally agree with Max, this is fantastic news!

Obviously no time for politics, BUT, the Coach & Horses put a huge "Liberal Democrats Winning Here" diamond next to the front door. Just 6 months later it was closed.

It is not for me to say whether these two events were linked.

max said...

He he, Mike, indeed.
It did occur to me too that maybe there was some a correlation between the two.
At election time when they put up the banner I though "great! endorsed by the fight club!".

Cllr Mike Harris said...

LOL. I was very saddened that no publican openly backed us at the election!

I'll see you at the Kidz Korner meeting later... M

max said...

See you there in a bit then, thanks for the support.

Anonymous said...

Can you really call this place Ladywell?

It's Rushey Green isn't it?

Brockley Nick said...

Close enough. Ladywell station is the closest station by a mile. It's about as far from the station to the pub as it is from the station to Hilly Fields. It's next to Ladywell swimming pool.

max said...

I think that to be geographically correct the Ravensbourne Pub belongs to "Lewisham Park", a tem now disused but there was until not long ago a ward with that name and it is an historical term for the area around Lewisham Park itself.
Rushey Green is adjacent and starts after the Hospital.

urbansurgery said...

I always think of Ladywell finishing at the railway bridge despite the leisure centre name. I think that may well be the fact that Lewisham hospital sits in the middle of it.

Then I could be a culprit akin to the people calling the area around Clapham junction Clapham, despite it being well and truly Battersea.

max said...

But Ladywell Pool is only called that because it relocated in 1965 from the original Ladywell Pool site (aka the Playtower) but despite the name it's Lewisham proper, not Ladywell.
And the Ravensbourne River itself was once I believe the boundary between London County Council and Kent.

Anonymous said...

Who cares,at least its opening as a Pub.

Anonymous said...

Exactly! So glad to see the place being renovated, just what it needed, hope it's a success.

Paddyom said...

Every time i drive place i think this place looks great but is in the completly wrong location. More worryingly I have never seen anyone in it. Has anyone on here been there? It must be struggling surely? If only it was closer to Ladywell and I would definitly go in.

Anonymous said...

I go there some weekend days and I've got a five year old and an 18 month old, np.. Not to mention a couple of late nights there with a few mates!! It's quality in my book and I hope it continues to do well.

Anonymous said...

The Ravensbourne Arms is not in Ladywell. It is in Lewisham Central. http://maps.met.police.uk/index.php?areacode=00AZGQ&crimetype=8

(A previous poster was correct in saying that the Easterly border of Ladywell is the railway bridge, see e.g. map in link above).

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