The Montague Arms Returns

The Montague Arms (289 Queens Road, SE15 2PA) is back and reassuringly eccentric.

The New Cross pub many thought lost forever when its former owners died reopened last week, festooned by its new team with homicidal foxes, gas masks and machinery. Its steampunk aesthetic is accompanied by a commitment to an eclectic range of ales and live music.

This Tuesday (March 25th) they will be hosting the pre-launch of New Cross band Thidius' new EP.

7 comments:

NAT said...

Great News. I hope coach parties are still welcome.

T said...

Good stuff, would be great if they put some cool band nights on like in the mid noughties. Not so keen on the coach loads of Germans with funny moustaches (both male and female) but would obviously be good for business.

Brockley Nick said...

I don't think they are courting the coach party market

Aj Dehany said...

Ah, the coach party market. From Transpontine: "People used to sometimes joke about the 'coach parties welcome' sign outside, but for many years they did a deal with coach drivers from the continent driving up the A2 into London who would stop off (no doubt for free food and drink) at the pub with their passengers. I was in there one night when a coach load of Dutch tourists came in - they loved the place, what a great introduction to London."

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NAT said...

German Hipsters? The Montagues fame as a venue goes back a way apparently. Danny Baker had some recordings from there made in the early Seventies

Bradycath said...

Great band

Trebles said...

Checked it out over the weekend... and it's great. As someone who loved the Monty I didn't think it was possible to refurb this sort of place, especially one with so much character. But they've done a cracking job. There's a new longer bar which had four guest ales, along with bottles of American craft, which is so big at the moment. The layout is pretty much the same, with good mood lighting and the occasional nod to it's past with a miniature penny farthing for example, and it was pleasantly busy. There was no food, but I'm sure that's on the way. It very much feels like son of Monty, still a little odd but updated, a little cooler but unpretentiously so. Easily one of the best places in New Cross. To return to this from something that had flat conversion/demolition written all over it is a minor miracle.

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