Greenwich pub group goes into administration

Greenwich Inc, the bar chain with a monopoly position in Greenwich town centre, has gone into administration. The Greenwich Visitor reports:

Administrator Stephen Hunt said Greenwich Inc and Greenwich Inc Holdings were in administration and that Greenwich Inc Trading had been liquidated. He said most of the venues Inc Group owns are "in good shape" and he is hopeful of selling them as going concerns.

Inc sucked the character out of many of Greenwich's best venues, including The Trafalgar Tavern, and the administrators will hopefully find new owners with more imagination and an interest in locals, as well as tourists.

22 comments:

Robert said...

I agree. The pubs in the middle of Greenwich felt more like hotel bars than pubs. I hope these get sold off individually to a range of good independents.

anon said...

You may be interested to know that Mr Plod and HMRC are investigating the guy that ran Greenwich Inc

Kriss said...

Frank the Yank has a lot to answer for. He totally destroyed the Time Bar.

fromthemurkydepths said...

Hopefully one of the better chains can take over a couple, such as antic? An independent would be nice but the rent may be a bit high. Somewhere that puts on live music every night would be welcome. I'm in Bristol at the moment and just about every pub and bar had live music over the weekend of just about every genre. 90% have free entry, and other things like freeplay jukeboxes before and in between bands and singers. I would love something like that.

Headhunter said...

Which pubs did Greenwich Inc run?

Brockley Nick said...

The Trafalgar, Inc Bar and The Admiral Hardy most notably.

Brockley Jon said...

I'd much rather they sell them all off separately. It would still be pretty boring if they all got bought by one person, even if it was Antic (who's bars are at least all managed in an individual way).

Brockley Jon said...

The combination of Inc, several unsympathetic developments, and the closure of the old markets completely ruined Greenwich for me. Sad, as I loved it when I lived there in the early naughties.

Inc-gulfed said...

Trafalgar Tavern
Bar du Musee 
Spread Eagle
The Cricketers (Pie Shop)
The Admiral Hardy
The Clarence Music Hall (Inc Bar)
The Gloucester Arms 
The Coach and Horses
O2 restaurant

Dave said...

If you think Jamies in Greenwich is good I think you are very easily pleased !

Brockley Nick said...

I imagine they'll be able to keep most if not all of them open on an ongoing basis.

Recycled Inc said...

By the standards of Greenwich and amongst the chain restaurants typical of tourists areas Jamies is very good. Not a patch on my favourite gourmet eateries up town, but that is not to compare like with like. Much as a I regret the passing of the original Bar du Musee and the disappointement at what Inc did with it. Now, at last, this huge space is in the hands a chain that had the resources to improve it. The Italian food at Jamie Olivers is not bad at all and reasonably priced. One of the better chains.

Hopefully the other Inc properties will also find new owners that will do something positive with them. They represent quite a big chunk of central Greenwich.

fromthemurkydepths said...

Yeah I meant that - phrased it badly and should have put some of the better chains take over a couple. Hopefully one gets bought by a small group like antic who seem the best local group by a mile, and another bought by another small group etc.

Hopefully its not just the usual bland big brewerseg one becomes another youngs pub, another another fullers, another Shepherd neame etc.

Headhunter said...

Thanks.... I have been to the Traf Tav quite a few times... It's always struck me as a pretty run down and under utilised building considering it's fantastic location, prominent location and interesting Georgian architecture.... It could be so much better... The plans for the 6 storey office block behind it sound awful, I wasn't aware of that!

sailfish said...

I was just at the Trafalgar on Saturday viewing their private hire rooms upstairs and wondered what had happened to it - staff and premises seemed run-down. Shame really given its history and location.

The Swanmeister said...

My band Melodius Thunk used to have a monthly residency at the Trafalgar for years until Greenwich Inc decided they didn't need to have live music there anymore. Perhaps we could get it back! :)

jamie-soso said...

went to Jamie's just before Christmas. order food, starters and mains, the waitress came to out table 10 minutes later to say that she had ordered for starters and mains to arrive at the same, asked if that was ok? We said no, she then she would have to pay for the food out of her wages. Not cool - emotional blackmail, said sorry but we didn't want to eat our starter and mains in tandem. The food: starters were alright, the mains, a pasta dish was so so, it was lukewarm, suspect it had been sitting on hot plate whilst we ate our starters, my steak was cooked well medium rare but the meat and coleslaw was over-seasoned. I would not rush to go back.

Mark said...

I believe they do not own the Coach and Horses anymore.

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Rex Munday said...

The Coach & Horses is actually pretty good these days. Hopefully, now we've seen the back of kitsch wastrel, Frank the Yank, the other venues will return to former glory.

Brockley Nick said...

Agree - I must have missed the bad old days, but I've always enjoyed my visits there.

Rosie said...

I used to work for Inc Group and was regularly subjected to sexual harassment by Frank Dowling as were many other waitresses/bar staff. If anyone sees this who remembers recieving sexual harassment/abuse from Mr Dowling please post and show your support. We were also frequently underpaid or not paid on time, forced to work 12-18 hour shifts without breaks and were unable to keep our tips. When I did quit, exhausted and dehumanised- I was denied my holiday pay.

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