The Ladywell Tavern closes for a minimum of two months [UPDATED]

One-time Lewisham pub of the year The Ladywell Tavern, closed at the weekend. The landlord's plan is to shut the pub for a minimum of two months, to allow for refurbishment while the high street roadworks drag on.

The Misty Moon Gallery, located in the pub's premises, will remain open throughout this time.

As we've seen with Jam Circus, pub-reopening timetables can slip badly and it will be reassuring to see the builders and decorators move in. The loss of the Ladywell Tavern, even temporarily, is a big blow for Ladywell, which is now pretty short of places to go in the evenings.

With thanks to Lorna and Melanie for the news.

43 comments:

headhunter said...

Shame. It was looking very shabby inside and last time we went the food was very unimpressive but I didn't realise it was on the verge of closure....

Yargle Tragle said...

Honkle Tronkle! That's not a good thing.

Rosie said...

What! Food has been so much better the past few months and always a good for live music jams on a Sunday. What a crying shame!

WhiskeyIndigo said...

I just called to try and book a table for lunch tomorrow. They told me they are shut for two months for refurbishment-whilst the roadworks are there.

Paula said...

The food HAS been great the past few times I have been there. It has improved massively. I really hope that they don't shut for good. All the best to them.

Brockley belle said...

Very sad. Hope it comes back. Absolutely lovely landlord. I am hoping its temporary...

Rosie said...

Lively night at Ladywell Tavern. Bar staff confirm closure is for refurbishment which will take place during the Ladywell Road roadworks. Hooray for new improved pub!

Mickeymouse said...

Its always busy, cant be a permanent closure :)

Stuart Morriss said...

The Ladywell Tavern closed it's doors last night, as far as I know for 2 months. However, The Misty Moon Gallery behind the tavern remains open during this time. We will be holding a new group exhibition in August, Preview Night Wednesday the 7th August. An Evening With Vera Day on Saturday the 17th August come and meet the blonde bombshell and we will be screening Two Many Crooks and on Sunday the 18th August we have poetry and music from Wendy Schulter and Ivor Game for their Rice Paper Moon evening, with a special guest or 2 as well. For more details go to www.mistymoon.net

Anon said...

So not closing down. Being refurbed. Nick presume you can alter the main article so as not to mislead and to say the Misty is still open.

Simon & Olivia @geddes said...

We're really sad to see the Tavern closed as there's now nowhere for us and our team to drink at the end of a hard days work.We all really liked Monty who always made us very welcome when we popped in for a few drinks. With the loss of Masons as a drinking venue we'll have to go further afield if we want some alcoholic refreshment. Hopefully the pub is closed for some refurbishment as we've always felt it has great potential. If Monty has left, we wish him and his staff all the best for the future.

Anonymous said...

If the comments about it closing for a refurb and then re-opening in 2 months are true, then this is good news. It's a great pub, but one that could use a lick of paint.


If it's not coming back, then it's a disaster.

Dragnet said...

Just the facts ma'am...

Aeschylus said...

In war or wallpapering, truth is the first casualty.

Aeschylus said...

Second only to blogging ;)

Goc said...

Does anyone know if the Jam Circus still has plans to re-open? Also the Brockley Jack is closing for a while too. Remember about the Talbot on Tyrwhitt Road, it's a nice walk over Hilly Fields from Ladywell and is a great pub, with friendly staff and good food!

Brockley Nick said...

The Brockley Jack is only closing for two weeks and its refurbishment plans are working to a clear timetable.

Thaboz said...

Ladywell Tavern, closed.
The Honor Oak, closed.
Jam Circus, closed.
The Brockley Jack, closed.
Montague Arms, closed.
The Walpole, closed.
Who's next?

terry said...

Great little pub and what a character Monty was/is! Maybe they are refurbing premises partly as they got a low score on their food hygiene inspection as well as that it could do with a general spruce up.
Hope to see it open again soon

Brockley Nick said...

Not quite the picture you paint:

Ladywell Tavern, promising to reopen soon
The Honor Oak, worrying silence
Jam Circus, worrying silence but still promising to reopen
The Brockley Jack, closed for two weeks for a refurb - no biggie
Montague Arms, great shame but was always likely to close after the owners died
The Walpole, no tears have been wept for that divisive place.


We have also had...


The Orchard - new bar
The Gantry - new bar
The Talbot - received massive investment and doing well
The Old Haberdasher - now a proper pub, rather than a vice den
The Barge - see The Old Haberdasher
Little Nan's Bar - new bar
The Job Centre - new bar due shortly


And a host of other pubs and bars that have had money and investment put in locally. It's a mixed picture, but the overall trend is towards pubs and bars with a sustainable future, rather than dilapidated pubs hanging on for dear life or closing down.

fair drink em said...

Not exactly a like for like comparison there Nick, be fair. Bar vs Pub vs Price vs Atmosphere... vs everything else...

Maybe we need a popup bar or popup pub during this hiatus.

Pimms o'clock.

Brockley belle said...

What about mr Lawrence. My favourite by far and still very much open. Give it a whirl.

Neil Gadhok said...

Why not try the Ravensbourne at the other end of the road (over the bridge)?

Simon & Olivia @geddes said...

We really do hope the Ladywell Tavern is closed for refurbishment as Ladywell does need a decent pub. Of course we'll try the Ravensbourne and some of the other bars/pubs mentioned. The problem is, some of us are often just nipping for a quick drink whereas others are staying for the evening. The Tavern is reasonably close to the bus stop and station as well as the salon, so it's just much more convenient to have a pub close by.
Many of our team members will prefer to go home rather than go out of their way after a long day at work.
There is definitely a market in Ladywell for a good pub, serving decent food in a comfortable, clean environment. The pubs and bars in the surrounding area which have had decent amount invested in them seem to be thriving. Perhaps the Tavern will follow suit.

thinwhiteduke said...

Keeping fingers crossed that this lovely pubs' closure is just temporary for a much needed refurb, as the Tavern is the heartbeat of Ladywell. However, lack of information on the pub website or on the pub door isn't easing the concern.
It's turning into a difficult summer for Ladywell residents, visitors and businesses.

head said...

The Old Nuns' Head is in Greater Brockley and is a good place.

Brockley Nick said...

Indeed

Brockley Nick said...

Didn't say it was a like-for-like comparison, just pointing out that the local "drinking" scene has been a mixed bag.

Gibby said...

Anyone know what's happening with the Albertines on Lewisham Road? It's shut a the moment.

gibby said...

Lewisham Way

Anonymous said...

More bad pub news. Catford Bridge Tavern is closing permanently. The building has been bought by another pub company, so the pub is to close!

Beerandashot said...

The Barge? That reopened over a decade ago. If you're going to mention that in pub/bar reopening chat then you might as well mention the closure of The Maypole, The Duke of Edinburgh, Moonbow Jakes, The Wolseley, The Snowdrop. I could go on. The Orchard and The Gantry aren't bars as such, they're places to eat that have drinks, a big difference. You can put all the positive spin you like on it but its undeniable that the trend is for pubs to close and smaller food based bars to open. And to call some of them dilapidated pubs, is false as they often have been allowed to run down by the indebted pub company, to sell off to be developed as flats. To say that 'no tears have been wept for that divisive place' in referance to The Walpole is guff too, plenty of people have been upset by its closure, and plenty of people used to go there, maybe not your set of friends, but other peoples. Especially as it's to be replaced by a carbunkle of a travel lodge, have you got shares in the company or something? Your local knowledge of the pub scene seems to be hampered/blinkered by when you moved to the area, presumably not that long ago.

Demi said...

Hmmm, you've clearly not lived/drank around south, south of Lewisham borough, i.e. Ladywell, Honor Oak. Let me reprhase:

Ladywell Tavern, promising to reopen soon
The Honor Oak, worrying silence
Jam Circus, worrying silence but still promising to reopen
The Brockley Jack, closed for two weeks for a refurb - no biggie
Montague Arms, great shame but was always likely to close after the owners died
The Walpole, no tears have been wept for that divisive place.

We have also had...
The Orchard - new bar
The Gantry - new bar
The Talbot - received massive investment and doing well - lovely pub but to get there from Ladywell you're looking at a train or a bus.
The Old Haberdasher - now a proper pub, rather than a vice den - see above
The Barge - see The Old Haberdasher, er didn't someone get stabbed/shot in there the other week? As far as I know it's business as usual!
Little Nan's Bar - new bar - 15 mins on a bus, see above
The Job Centre - new bar due shortly - 15 mins on a bus, see above

Demi said...

Completely agree, I don't do bars/restaurants however I've never shed any tears over The Walpole since the one and only time I tried to go there when I was 31, which was 5 years ago. They refused to serve me even a lemonade whilst I was waiting for my friends because I had no proof of my age with me. I was so enraged I then walked 10 mins back to my house to get my passport and ended up being the victim of an attempted mugging. Had to call the police & when I explained what had happened they drove me back there and told them they had no right to refuse serving me a soft drink and throwing me out etc.

Brockley Nick said...

News to me about The Old Haberdasher. Source please. And no, it's in no way comparable to its previous incarnation.


I'm not really sure what point you're trying to make re: travelling times from Ladywell. I never claimed there were loads of options in Ladywell. Clearly there aren't. That's not the point of the discussion. Overall, there are too few places to have a beer in the evening across SE London. But the trend over the last five years has not been down, it's been up.

Brockley Nick said...

Travelodge is moving in to Mantle Road? Do you have a link please.

Terry Bull said...

Oh! Is it just closed for refurbishment? Friends went to the closing down party last Saturday, thought it was closed for good!

Anonymous said...

The Walpole, not The Maypole... Get your pubs right if you're going to comment on the state of local pubs!

Anonymous said...

How clueless are your pubs! Ladywell Tavern is not Antic. Ravensbourne Arms is.


Oh and I agree with the comments on Little Nan's and the Job Centre, as they are difficult to get to from most of Brockley.

fair drink em said...

Well you best include several streets, the popular war memorial, hilly fields and the station then, to name only a few more ;)

Brockley Nick said...

Whoops, sorry, I meant Maypole. No, I liked The Walpole. However, the replacement is not due to be a Travelodge is it?

Pubbitch said...

Glad to hear the Ladywell Tavern is only temporarily shuttered. I was worried that Enterprise Inns (which own the place) might have closed it, rather than Monty deciding to take advantage of the road works to do a refurb.

Glenn Calderwood said...

Is the Ladywell Tavern going to reopen? There are ruumours of a dispute with the brewery

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