The LP Bar - First Flight

The LP Bar opens tonight at 401 New Cross Road. The bar, brought to you by the team behind The London Particular, is inspired by the golden age of air travel and has been counting down to launch  for the last few days, hiding a few Easter Eggs in its Twitter contrail. Here's their latest Tweet:

14 comments:

SJG said...

Just popped by today, hive of activity. Looking good and nice coffee too, but to be expected from the LP 'crew' :0)

New Cross local said...

Just tried to get in but was told guests only tonight. Shame the blog didn't say that. I'm a local and wanted to be there to support it.

hladik said...

As with new cross local below, just got turned away as we hadn't "checked in" beforehand, despite no mention of this requirement on social media. Alas.

negato said...

As a local myself, I was sooooooooo thrilled when the London Particular first opened! And I was ready to spend my hard earned cash in support of a local eatery, even if the prices were ridiculously high - even for poshified baked beans...
Unfortunately, I soon got the message: locals are not really welcome there! always made to feel uncomfortable, waiters/tresses will turn their back on you while you are talking to them only to greet someone looking much more like the in-crowd and then forget you altogether. [Sorry I don't look the part!] strange stares from behind the counter - even had the 'what's going on' said loud enough though as if meant to not be heard when I went in early one day.... and I don't even look rough, just not trendy...!!!
So I'm not surprised 'locals' weren't guests! :-(

I wish them all the best, but I'm not sure I'll be willing to help out when
all the hype moves on to pastures new....
Sad!

Andrea said...

I went in there on the opening night and won't be going back. Very poor cocktail menu and very poor cocktails. Terrible decor and absolutely dreadful theme i.e. let's pretend we are on a plane. Cool, yeah? More Ryanair than Virgin First Class though. Patronising staff too.

Definitely one to avoid.

Monkeyboy said...

Are you talking about the particular? I'm a decidedly not trendy local. Always found the service fine, and the home made beans are great. I guess you pay more for something not out of a tin.

negato said...

Unfortunately Monkeyboy, I am.... glad to hear it is not everyone who gets the ice treatment though...

I've paid £27 once for baked beans + bread + latte + minuscule almond tartlet, and another time (I was with a friend, so she could confirm!) £22 for the brioche thingy + 2 latte... yeah, the beans are great, but not THAT great.... and anyways, like I said, I would even be prepared to pay that much money (yeah, I am one of those crazies - was a 'foodie', i.e. someone prepared to pay for quality stuff, looooooooog before it became a trendy thing!!!) but something should make it worth my while.... being left standing at the counter for 20 minutes without even answering my greeting (this has happened more tan once), or forgetting my order twice and not even apologising is not what I have in mind.

I am VERY local and was probably the first to welcome them in the area when they first started refurbishing the place - I mean, I went in to say 'hi and welcome to New Cross, I am so thrilled!' - so I feel really really really let down.... I have drummed up business for them with my friends and colleagues, and interestingly, no one I know has gone back and one or two people told me they did not feel welcome... but like I said, I am glad your experience is a good one... :-)

Monkeyboy said...

http://www.thelondonparticular.co.uk/sample-menus I'll let others decide if the prices are extortionate. I don't think they are. Costlier than an average cafe? Yes. But it's not average. Like i say never had the cold shoulder, some places are busy, some places have a crowded counter so you don't always get served in order. If it's terrible and poor value it will fold....it won't fold.

Skullmurphy said...

always found it friendly and it's really not too expensive - have a big and very nice brunch there after the gym sometimes and it comes in at less than a tenner with free water as well

terrencetrentderby said...

I'm always too embarrassed to sit on that outside "hipster table". That and I always worry someone will steal my phone.


All in all nice addition to a truly terrible street. Isn't there some kind of halfway/crack house next to New Cross Station?

mark said...

i never understand why people constantly bemoan 'extortionate prices' at places like LP. LP (and LP bar) use quality ingredients which by their nature cost more than the bog standard mass produced, local common denominator fayre. They are a small business which like many others have high overheads. I know for a fact that their markups are not extortionate. People can spend their money where they want - some people see the value in spending a bit more quality food and others don't. If not, then go to one of the plethora of greasy spoons and the like in the area. You have more of a choice of those. LP has been a great catalyst for improving the quality of the local area. Very excited about Maddy's too - the food there looks sensational.

New Cross Lady said...

You can ask for any cocktail you want, even if it's not on the menu. The bar lady has lots of experience and like all good cocktail makers, knows how to make most of them - certainly the popular ones.

Rob 'Newcrosslad' said...

I totally agree. I live just down the road. From the outside it is quite hard to tell what is going on there - no visible price list in the window or anything. Then you get inside to find restaurant prices at what is basically a CAFE even if it doesn't want to call itself that. Maybe 'canteen' what with the large communal table and all? Oh and 'communal' - maybe that is the wrong word because that would imply that it is friendly and welcoming, but people don't seem that willing to chat. It should basically have a sign saying 'Hipsters Only - No Pre-Overground Locals' outside. Having checked the prices for Maddy's Fish Bar it seems much the same. Yes, they might be posh chips and quality ingredients etc but it is not worth that.
McCartney Special - RIP.

JaneDoe said...

Visited for the first time last night and was somewhat horrified to be charged £9 for a spirit and mixer. We quickly fled to Maddy's which was great but I don't see how LP bar will survive charging those prices. I can't believe people are willing to pay that much to sit and sip a drink on New Cross Road.

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