Mr Lawrence wine shop plans conversion to slake our thirst

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Mr Lawrence, the Crofton Park bar, is applying to convert its old off licence space, which closed a few days ago, in to bar space. The plans propose a straightforward conversion, turning the old counter in to a new bar.

We hope the Council will be sympathetic to these plans - a new bar makes sense and the existing bar is  popular and responsibly-run. It will also help to strengthen Brockley's night time economy and respond to the changing dynamics of the high-street, which needs more space for leisure and less for retail.

As we said in our predictions for 2013 (in which we forecast that 2013 would bring a new place to drink booze in Brockley), Brockley people have a thirst that is not yet quenched.

The applicants say:

The intention of this application is to seek approval for a material change of use from A1 (offlicense) to A4 (drinking establishment). Internally some alterations are proposed to facilitate the provision of customer toilets and service areas.

We believe the proposed change of use will ensure the long-term commercial viability of the property and will do so without any loss of amenity to neighbouring properties. The application sites lies within an established commercial street well suited to this type of use.

With thanks to Richard for the details.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Given initial comments about the closing stated they had an interested party to take over and that there will be a new bar and they are adding in toilets, are you sure this is an extension and not a new bar with new owners? Also as the existing wine bar has a huge area at the back that seems to be rarely full, surely they don't need an extension?

Anon said...

Have you spoken to the owners? They told me they had no plans to expand. They didn't open on NYE night...

Brockley Nick said...

Yep, could well be a dif management team with Mr L as landlords.

Anon said...

 Thanks Nick. It would have been good if they kept the retail part as it hard unique good quality beers and wines. Nice people though

Brockley Ben said...

Last I heard (on NYE) the shop is staying open Thursday to Sunday throughout January, presumably while they sort out the new tenant. interesting that it might be a new bar. As a punter, bring it on, but it seems an odd choice for a landlord...

Brockley Nick said...

Nope, but check the application form, submitted in December.

Anon said...

So it's just extending the current wine bar then.

Brockley Belle said...

I've been recently, it is open until January 26th Thursday to Sunday. They are still keeping up the online shop and you may also be able to order and buy take out in the bar, they need to see how much people traffic this creates though. perhaps the bar extention is to serve this take out purpose. makes sense to me. I love mr L, if it does expand I hope it retains its old school retro charm. Can't believe that it is going to be a new bar. Why create competition right next door? Surely not.

Brockley Jon said...

The plot thickens. Does seem a bit odd that they'd choose to open a rival bar just next door - a restaurant perhaps, but straight up bar? It could just take all the trade away from Mr. L's. Gotta be an extension surely?

Matt-Z said...

Speaking of bars is there any word on Jam Circus? There seems to be some temporary lighting inside, and the occasional workman going in/out. It would be nice for us loyal customers to have a rough estimate of the reopening date. Antic haven't really engaged with the punters on this one.

Bullshit Bingo! said...

I'd imagine they have rather more to 'engage' with at the moment

Matt Lloyd23 said...

Well they've got time to plug events at their other pubs on their site and social media, so our can't be too much trouble for them to give us an idea of what's happening.

Brockley Nick said...

Well one reason might be that clusters help attract business and therefore another bar might actually encourage more drinkers to both places - so long as the two are different enough.

Dex said...

Is the online shop up and running yet? The link on the Mr Lawrence website just says it is coming soon

Rosie Hattersley said...

It's someone who runs a craft beer place that is interested in taking over the current shop. Mr Lawrence's think it will be a good complement to the wine bar. They have a strong following among beer aficionados, as well as there being a fair few craft beer fans locally, so could be a smart move.

Dez said...

Just seen that the online shop is now open. Rosie, the craft beer shop/bar sounds like a great addition.

Anonymous said...

That sounds great

Brockley belle said...

Aaabbb

Brockley belle said...

Sorry, just trying to get my post to work! What I meant to say was this....I have it on good authority that there will be a micro brewery renting the space next to mr Lawrence. It will take a while however as they have to clear the space and build toilets etc, but should be good. Also there is no fear of mr Lawrence closing so that's good news, lets keep up local support. In my mind, mr Lawrence is a real gem!

Anonymous said...

 Interesting, presumably this is the Brockley Brewing Co looking to get a bar? The space feels too small for a brewery and bar (and they are after a change of use to bar). I suspect there won't be brewing on site?

Brockley Nick said...

Story coming soon. And no, not them.

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