The Catford Bridge Tavern bought by Camden pubco

Pubco Antic has lost its fight to hang on to The Catford Bridge Tavern, a pub the team brought back from the brink and then fought their landlords to prevent it becoming retail. They announced on Twitter:

It is with very heavy heart that we must announce we are closing @catfordtavern. We are all absolutely gutted. Such a huge shame. I guess it's the danger of creating such a fantastic pub. It's all down to the type of lease. Unfortunately these things do happen.

But the good news is that the drinkers of Catford can welcome their new Camden overlords, since the pub has been bought by Camden Bars, the pubco behind the Lock Tavern, which was once twinned with the Amersham Arms in New Cross.

Hopefully, this might spur Antic to refocus their attention on reopening Jam Circus, which languishes up the road in Crofton Park, still scarred by smoke and fire.

Thanks to Matt and Monkeyboy for the spot.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lets hope they feel that there is no need to change anything...

louis said...

Yep, let's hope they leave the current management team in there - they've done a tremendous job with that place.

Percy said...

Agreed. Would be crazy to change it - it's really popular, just won SE pub of the year and has become a draw for people outside the area.

AlanSE4 said...

Camden Bars own some very cool bars elsewhere, should be good news for the Catford Bridge Tavern, I wish they'd bought Jam Circus though!

Anon said...

Remembering the Amersham Arms experience a few years back - Camden Bars made a real fist of it for a bit and then lost interest when it turned out that New Cross was not going to be the Camden of South London. Hopefully they don't have similar delusions about the Catford and just run it as a decent pub (and for more than a few years).



On the Jam - i'm really starting to lose patience with Antic. The Jam has been a boarded up eye sore for way too long. The fire was obviously awful but they really need to crack on and open up or sell up and let someone else have a go. Goodwill is running out.

T said...

As Anon mentions I also remember camden bars attempt to turn the amersham arms into the lock tavern of south London which was a failure. All their pubs are north of the river so this is another bite of the south London cherry for them.

Don't think they will be looking to replicate one of their other pubs the uber trendy shacklewell arms in dalston which has good live music every night, Catford just doesnt have enough hipsters for that yet. Don't see how they can balls the Catford Tavern up as antic have already done a great job of transforming it .

Adie Nunn said...

The so-called 'Camden Bars' had nothing to do with the Amersham Arms!

Anon said...

Yes they did, and as Anon says below they made a mess of it. When they first took over there were posters on the back of the doors in the ladies loos telling you how to get home to Hoxton/Camden etc. Vomit. Bar billiards table with instructions on how to play, and of course no one actually played it and just rested their pints on the table. Notices appeared telling people not to put their drinks on it. Then they realised they weren't in North London, took down those notices and took themselves away.

Adie Nunn said...

Nope. You're wrong.

Anonymous said...

See the reply from Lock Tavern owners themselves. http://brockleycentral.blogspot.co.uk/2007/07/lock-tavern-buys-amersham-arms.html

Adie Nunn said...

Previous Lock Tavern owners, 580 Ltd.
Not 'Camden Bars'.

Hithergreenwithenvy said...

From what I hear locally Jam Circus will reopen in not to distant future

Anon said...

The point is hardly about the board of directors, it's about the type of pub the Lock Tavern is and how it didn't work in New Cross.

Brockley Nick said...

Nope. Antic confirmed that there was no prospect of JC reopening soon.

TM said...

I didn't think Antic had anything to do with Jam Circus anymore? Wasn't it one on the pubs the hived off into a separate group which was declared bankrupt?
I thought the receivers were trying to sell it on to a new owner? Or am I mixed up?

Adie Nunn said...

And you're jumping to the conclusion that the new owners are going to try and replicate the Lock Tavern in Catford.

Anon said...

Actually I only commented on what happened to the Amersham Arms. Didn't even mention the Catford Bridge Tavern.

anon said...

Completely irrelevant then. Good stuff.

michael_fh said...

The Honor Oak is empty if Antic would like to move their operation just a little way up the road. This is a pub with huge potential as previously demonstrated. Antic could make it wonderful once again (and change the name back to St Germans)

Anon said...

Will check with you for strict relevance on all future posts in that case. There was me thinking this was a forum for discussion on local issues, wherever the conversation thread may lead.

Peter said...

What about Jay from Budgens, bet he could run it.
Maybe sell essentials like milk, bread and fags behind the counter?

Jonathan Wren said...

Confirmed on Twitter that it was previous owners of Lock Tavern who owned Amersham Arms, not Camden Bars.

Catford Bridge Tavern said...

Jam Circus is confirmed to reopen soon, we have not lost focus on that but obviously there is a lot of things to sort out.

The management at the CBT will not stay the same. Personally I am not going to work for them but will stay with Antic and move to one of the other local pubs.

Anonymous said...

Can you move to the refurbished Jam Circus? Make that the new CBT!

Catford Bridge Tavern said...

I hope so :)

Anonymous said...

Deal!

Hillyfields said...

Pretty please... Jam Circus was brilliant, had a great atmosphere, I really miss it. We've been going to the Brockley Jack, which is also good but doesn't have the vibe that JC has... and of course the Jack is closed for refurbs at the moment so we are really thin on the ground for pubs at the moment in Brockers.

Anon said...

Antic have suddenly closed The Bohemia in North Finchley. Why can't they keep pubs open? Not paying the bills as usual or are they going to claim they were gazumped again?

Pvp said...

Good to see the constitutional coming along nicely. Had a look through the window of the cbt this morning, it's been gutted! Anyone know if this part of the handover? I remember Camden pub co saying they need to see what antic leave them with.... Now we know! Hopefully they both see the benefit in having TWO places to go out, will be supporting both.

Unfortunately there is a grace period where no where to out for a week or so! Flashback to 2011....

Ric said...

So, 6 months on it's still closed up, shutters over the windows.

Brockley Jon said...

That's pants. What a stupid situation. At least all is not lost as the Honor Oak is on the mend.

M said...

It's only been closed a couple of months but yes, it's a shame. According to their Twitter feed Camden Bars are blaming Tesco (who they bought it from) for the delay in reopening.

Francesca said...

I have a suspicious mind, but I find it strange that, after being prevented to open a Tesco Express, Tesco incidentally buys the Catfor Tavern building through their pub tentacle (the Camden Bars). I suspect they are going to keep it shut long enough for people to forget that the space was supposed to be a pub and eventually open one of their useless, horrible Tesco Express. I can't believe they will be able to resist the fact that the Catford Bridge Tavern is right next to the station and that there isn't a Tesco between Catford and Forest Hill.

Watch that space.

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