The Amersham Arms to change hands

The Amersham Arms is to be sold.

The pub was bought by the owners of the Lock Tavern in Camden in 2007 and refurbished by them. The pub is, in Brockley Central's humble opinion, a great pub which the current owners did a good job of revitalising, helping to kick-start the area's nightlife renaissance.

However, the early ambition to turn it in to a leading music venue faded after a good start with acts like Hot Chip and while it still hosts some great events and comedy nights, live music has not flourished as the owners envisaged.

Brockley Central understands that a sale is imminent and that the prospective new owners aim to run operate a similar style of venue and we look forward to hearing more about their plans in due course.

With thanks to Pitta on Southeastcentral for alerting us to the story in the first place.

16 comments:

ext-comms said...
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Pierre La Rouge said...

One of their 'promoters' approached me (a solo acoustic musician) to play as part of a night of music and then informed me I would have to buy my allocation of tickets up front (about £80). I've encountered this before - it's not a crime, but usually this is a policy reserved for much more prestigious venues. Perhaps live music would have 'flourished' a bit more under a more inclusive management/promotion mentality.

whealie said...

Used to be great when Titch was the promoter and there were the Sunday night Mish Mash events for all-comers. And the coach trips to Hastings for festivals on the beach. My wife's various bands played there many a time too.

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Matt-Z said...

I'd say it varies massively from borough to borough, depending on the approach of the local authority and police. Lewisham do seem quite keen though - a few years ago the Hobgoblin was repeatedly targeted (and on a few occasions caught out and fined) for underage drinkers.

WhiteLine said...

Matt-Z,the testers could go into any pub in the Borough and find traces of drugs in the toilets.

Sue said...

I understand that Toad's Mouth is changing hands/has been sold too - Michelle and her partner are moving to New Zealand (or Australia, I can't remember which she said). Hopefully the owners won't change the food too much, as I like it as it is!

Ebeneezer Goode said...

@Howson Road - dunno?

Anonymous said...

Arms to change hands...surely a corny joke in there somewhere...

patrick1971 said...

"Arms to change hands" - a missed headline opportunity there, indeed.

I do wonder why it's struggled as a live music venue. The space at the back is excellently designed and I remember back before the front bar was done up it hosted the Catapult Club which put on weekly live music, always well attended.

Anonymous said...

Didn't they charge to get in ?,if so there are other pubs in the area you can get in for free to see live music.

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