Liquor isn't working - a new bar for Deptford High Street

The Deptford Dame reports that Antic, owners of local pubs including Jam Circus, The Ravensbourne Arms and The Royal Albert, is planning another new pub in the area. The company has applied to convert the former Deptford Job Centre into a pub, which their website suggests will be called the Deptford Job Centre.

The move could be the tipping point for the high street, which has lost several pubs to bookies in recent years and struggled to attract much nightlife beyond the drinkers who gather around the anchor.

The High Street, which has a new public square at its heart, is due to receive a modest makeover, which should remove some of the clutter that conceals a handsome streets with enormous potential. With the new homes at the Deptford Project due to inject some more spending power in to the local economy by 2014, this looks like a smart move by Antic.

Recently, the Job Centre has served the home for itinerant arts group Utrophia who will move on to a new location soon.

With thanks to the Deptford Forum's Gema for the heads-up.

12 comments:

NAT said...

Great to see them showing such confidence in Deptford High Street and its future, particularly in light of so many closures and conversions of watering holes over the years. Will they be serving St, Austells 'Proper Job', I wonder?

Ferdinand said...

Stick to Brockley, please.

Monkeyboy said...

I live in brockley, earn my money in town and shop all over. Including on occasion Deptford. Publicising a bussiness there is a good thing.

Mind you there are some odd postcode warriors who are aggressively protective over "their" area.

NAT said...

Ferdinand are you a Deptfordian who doesn't want trade for a High Street startup if it's not SE8, trade or some kind of strangely circumscribed Brockleyite?

Anonymous said...

Fare in Brockley, drinks in Deptford... that's my motto.

Anon said...

if they really call it The Job Centre...won't that be confusing?

Anon said...

I hope that The Deptford Arms will be resurected as a pub one day.

Michael said...

Hope Antic rejig a pub in Greenwich too, the area is blighted by the plastic-menu chains and we really need something a bit...cooler...

Ian on the Hill said...

Brockley is just Upper Deptford, and remember in the good old days we were part of Deptford Borough.

Brockley Jon said...

I love the name - very Dalston! With that in mind, something a bit musical along the lines of Cafe Otto would work really well in that area. Antic?

anonymouse said...

Some of the conservation area is historically Deptford. My deeds give the address as Deptford.

ident said...

Actually having lived in Brockley my whole life (Deptford only being down the road remember) I'd say that the new place to find drinkers and has been for the last few years has been outside the spate of bookies. I can't believe they tore down the anchor - idiots.

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