The Montague Arms closes

Transpontine reports that one of London's great pubs, the Montague Arms in New Cross, has closed. The pub has been closed since the new year, following the deaths of managers Stan and Bett Pownall.

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17 comments:

terrencetrentderby said...

rip, the best pirate pub in the world

Andy Endwell said...

This is so very sad!

Coach Party said...

Indeed so very sad. We'll never see the like of the Montague again. Had so many good nights there, it was the first port of call to show any of my friends who moved round here. RIP Stan and Bet.

Matt-Z said...

Gutted. One of last good pubs in the area. I've got many great memories from the place. So sad that we lost Stan and Bet in such a short space of time too.

patrick1971 said...

Very sad indeed. Another live music venue bites the dust.

I wonder what will happen to the building; can't quite see it gastropubbing itself...

Matt-Z said...

Also, it was one of the only outposts of the once-great Truman empire in the area.

Sadly I suspect it will end up demolished with some nondescript flats taking its place.

Brockley Nick said...

This is a really tricky location to make work, surely. The Montague is a one-off. Unless someone comes in and maintains its eccentric tradition, I worry about its chances either as traditional boozer or gastropub.

Anonymous said...

Coach parties no longer welcome :-(

The Kicker said...

The transpontine article suggests the eccentric contents has now been sold off and I doubt it would ever be decorated the same way unless a former punter took it on...

Kicking myself for never making it down there despite seeing the photos on flickr...

NXG_Resident said...

The Montague was the first pub I visited when I moved to New Cross almost three years ago.

I fell in love with it instantly after stepping inside.

The closure of the Montague is not only a disaster for pub enthusiasts, but for New Cross and south east London in general. So, so sad.

Brockley Jon said...

That's a massive shame. Hadn't realised Stan & Bet had passed on, RIP indeed :( Was there a closing party? Could have done BC drinks there if we'd known!

Btw, off-topic, what has Google done with the comments page? It never looked good before but these days it is even worse!
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Tamsin said...

You mean the way the page looks when you are leaving a comment.

Yes, nasty. Thought it might just be me having hit the wrong button somewhere.

??? said...

@BrockleyJon

No there wasn't a closing party because the the landlords had both died. So funnily enough no one felt like it or was able to organise anything without them.

oryx said...

This is indeed sad news. It was a comfortable, eccentric pub full of character.

I will never forget seeing the stag's head where the eyes had obviously gone so manky they had to be filled with polyfilla. I think it may have visited me in subsequent nightmares.

We shall not see its like again. Bet it becomes flats. :-(

NAT said...

Join with the sadness people are expressing, but think that there's something fitting in an instituion like this passing with the people that had it.

It's irreplacable and that is its tribute and theirs.

Happy memories.

rojo174 said...

I first used the pub in the early fifties. It was a special place for my friends and I, we had many good times there. I wonder if Jimmy Jones knows about it?. He was a firm favourite there.

Andy K said...

Hi I first used the mont in the early 80's I knew stan,Bett,Rita,Peter London, Peter Royal I was s regular for about 25 years until mid 90's my mother used to polish unclean all those odds and ends at one time.

A sad day indeed I am really gutted.

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