The Old Bank-rupt

Doug MacRay: No matter how much you change, you still have to pay the price for the things you've done. So I got a long road. But I know I'll see you again - this side or the other.
- The Town

As revealed by Aerostatic on the Southeastcentral.co.uk forum, the Old Bank in Honor Oak has closed, seized by bailiffs, who've made it even harder to enter than it was on Brockley Ben's recent visit.

23 comments:

Graham said...

That's a shame. Doesn't look like the Italian Restuarant (opposite the Brockley Barge) will ever be finished, let alone re-open.

mollhench said...

Would be great to see something with hearty local fayre and a fine welcome on the corner there. Somewhere you could pop in after a day out in London town. The Old Bank always looked a bit creepy. Let's hope its not another estate agents or undertakers, which seem to be the business of choice on HOP parade at the mo.

Mmmm....tasty. said...

well given that we live in an inner london suburb 'local fayre' would feature lots of fox and the occasional rustic 'kebab fed pigeon' for which we are rightly proud ;-)

Aricana said...

Is there any news on the commercial premises at Jude Court?

Anonymous said...

It's hard for people to park in that stretch and always has been and that is crucial to attracting new customers. Local people can be very fickle and to increase business you need to attract people from outside the area who may not want to come by bus or train, however good the services may be.

Anonymous said...

There simply wasn't enough good, honest fare on the menu

Brockley Nick said...

Ben's review mentioned how old the clientele were - perhaps they went under because they failed to attract the crucial young family market.

Anonymous said...

would love to see a place like mason's open in that spot. something with a simple but tasty easy menu.

mollhench said...

mmm, fox stew. The one in my garden this morning looked pretty tasty.

Merchant said...

Jude Court looks like the cheap build that it is. From the station side you can see paint smeared partially clad wooden framed 'balconies'. Now that the scaffolding has gone how they rectify this easily is anyone's guess. It has the feel of a developer that is running out of money and ideas. The thought of a well known high street name, or indeed anyone moving into the commercial units in the near future is a pipe dream.

Anonymous said...

I think this would be a hard place for a successful restaurant.

It could work better as a pub or bar/restaurant.

patrick1971 said...

Parking isn't great around Mason's, and they now have a CPZ to deal with, but they seem to be doing okay. It's all about the offering.

Ed CPZ said...

The HOPers I know did not have much good to say about the Bank, apparently the service was rather poor.

Jude Court does look like it has been poorly finished.

I can't wait for the BROCKLEY COMMON meadow scheme to take hold.

Last night, when I got back from the 'drink the bar dry' closing party at Meateasy there was lots of parking space on Coulgate Street.

That is all.

loppy said...

I'm sorry for them. But it wasn't a great restaurant - we went once and thought the food was ok. But there are nicer restaurant like Querce and Babur and even pubs like the Honor Oak Tavern that do much better food.

BrockersBlue said...

Last thing I want to do is put the boot into a local business, but Masons really needs to up its game.

We've been down there on three occasions this year - the first, for breakfast, was very poor.

We gave it the benefit of the doubt and went back for Sunday roast, which was superb, but a repeat Sunday visit a few weeks later was awful. Bad food, indifferent service.

It seems a fairly well-supported place, so I hope they get their act together before people start to go elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

"they went under because they failed to attract the crucial young family market."

Snigger!

But who knows, maybe there is a fortune to be made out of the well heeled possessors of newly born infants and curious toddlers.

Brockley Nick said...

Hmmm... did you notice that my comment was a tongue in cheek response to the "honest fare" gag? I don't think you did.

oryx said...

What I'd really love to see here is a good quality vegetarian restaurant, which SE London appears to lack since the demise of Heather's in Deptford. Something like SE London's answer to Manna or Carnevale, which would attract people from outside the area like Le Q or Babur does.

Or a decent Thai.

I reckon that site has loads of potential - the Old Bank always looked tempting from the outside, but was let down by the lack of a priced menu in the window for ages, which we found off-putting.

patrick1971 said...

@BrockersBlue: interesting. I've always had fantastic food & service at Mason's, and whilst everyone can have an off night, two out of three visits is a bit concerning.

Simon@Geddes said...

I am always sad to hear a business has gone under-especially when bailiffs have re-entered the premises.
I remember speaking to the lady who-along with her husband-owned the Old Bank. She told me that the landlord intended to more than double the rent when the lease came up for review.
I can imagine such a drastic increase in overheads would certainly affect the profitability and possibly the viability of the business and therefore I'm not surprised to hear the bad news.
Please spare a thought for the owners as I am sure there's been lots of worry and anxiety in the lead up to the closure of their business-I hope they haven't been left with too much debt.
@BrockersBlue: In my opinion Masons has improved quite considerably over the past few months. Krishna the relatively new owner is really passionate about his business and he is really trying hard to get the quality and consistency right.
They have been giving comment cards out to their customers which I think is a good move. I am sure Krishna would appreciate your feedback as he really does care.
I think it's worth sticking with Masons as I think they are heading in the right direction.

johop said...

Have received a letter informing that a planning application has been made to turn 76-78a Honor Oak Park (The Old Bank) into a Domino Pizza. We live above the Old Bank and do not welcome this proposal. Would appreciate others thoughts.Objections can be raised (as we plan to!!) with Lewisham Planning Service (Application No. DC/11/78332)

nonny said...

Someone should write to Pizza Express and let them know a prime site and opportunity in Honor Oak park awaits.

Johop said...

Pizza Express would certainly be preferable and more fitting to the space.

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