I, for one, welcome our new Talbot overlords

The Talbot pub on Tyrwhitt Road has been sold. New owner Lesley writes:

I'm the lucky new owner of The Talbot! Please do drop in to see myself or my partner Mike, if you have any questions or just want to say hello - one of us is always around.

The Talbot is a great local pub, serving fabulous food and super beer. I have some plans to make the place a little cosier and friendlier. We also have a lovely little function room (currently having a make over) that I'm happy for the Brockley community to use.

Were also having a party from 1pm on Bank Holiday Monday, 25 August 2014 - with all kinds of music, from classical to pop. We have some lovely music from Classical through to popular! Our chef will be serving up his wonderful selection of food from our new menu and we will have a great selection of craft beers.

We'll also be re-launching our website soon - you can visit it here.

23 comments:

@maninlewisham said...

Cosy sounds good. Will drop in. Why not add yourself to Twitter as well as Facebook?

Brockley Nick said...

Agree that cosy has been the missing ingredient. "Outdoor drinker" also made a critical point on the other thread, that the outdoor bit feels like a driveway - some greenery and a few other touches could make it feel much nicer.

Anonymous said...

Which craft beers?

Andew P said...

It would be great if the bar could be moved back or to the right so you aren't confronted with it as soon as you walk in, that would definitely be an improvement, more seating space, better atmosphere, rather than having two channels either side. Easier said than down though.

Ian said...

What will the music be like?

Headhunter said...

Yes, I always thought the outdoor space had so much unrealised potential...

Headhunter said...

I hope they keep the 2 courses for a tenner on Mon nights...

Robert said...

Frankly - I think that the distance between the door and the bar should be as short as possible in pubs, as a general rule.

booth said...

Would you describe yourself as a problem drinker Robert? Or would a close friend or colleague describe you as such? Do you do things that you later regret as a consequence of drinking?

Anon said...

From the drawing it's not clear if it's being suggested it's the dog's bolex or not.

Robert said...

More of a high functioning alcoholic.Thanks for asking.

Emmajem said...

All in all this sounds great, but please please please don't downgrade the lovely food that the Talbot has served since it's opening. Always been a cut above anywhere else (in my opinion) and the Sunday roasts were sensational. Keeping fingers crossed!

Royshirttugger said...

Thnak god for the change, my neighbours and I found the old bar manager manners a real disgrace at times. we have not been to the talbot for a long since purely because of him. you need to get a friendlier bar manager in.

Algernonian said...

Rather than just having the upstairs room as function space, why not have it as seating space for the pub, which is currently incredibly limited. It could be rented out as function space as well, so the upstairs area would be used all the time, not just when there are bookings. They'd be able to fit more people in and therefore make more money. No brainer, surely? The main reason I avoid The Talbot is there is no space for customers - heaps of space for bar staff, but nowhere for customers. Why is the bar so big? It takes up more than half the downstairs floor area. Bonkers.

chalseylodger said...

Glad to hear you want to make it more cosy, the old decor was pretty sterile and I hope you also take the opportunity to improve the beer garden as well. I do agree with Algernonian about using the upstairs for the pub when it's not in use as it can be difficult getting a seat went it's not nice enough to sit outside and a much cheaper option to moving the bar.


Please do continue with the food as it's better than most pubs in the area, plus the 2 courses for £10 is a great way to beat the Monday blues.

TyrwhittTippler said...

This is another vote for not downgrading the food or cutting it back. I think it's really good. I live on Tyrwhitt Road, and I regularly go to the Talbot to eat when people are visiting, not (just) because it's close, but because it's good. And my visitors think the same too. I also agree with others that it would be great if the upstairs could feel a bit more like part of the pub when the downstairs is full, but I'm not sure how you'd do that very easily (especially given where the stairs are). Though making the upstairs warmer would help - it is often cold up there when the downstairs is warm.


All that said, I haven't seen the books (obviously), so who knows what the options really are.


Anyway, good luck with it all. I hope it all goes well.

Anon said...

This is definitely a positive move - I've been in there a couple of times since the change over and Lesley seems like she has the right sort of ideas - though proof will be in the execution.
Andrew, (the old manager referred to in one of the posts) could be a funny guy some times, but this was often more his manner then a genuine intention to be rude. that said, the Talbot had been going down hill under his tenure and it needs a change.
I for one hope they do have a look at the food menu again - I agree it is definitely better quality then the pubs in the immediate local area (not many to list really - rising sun?) but the menu hasn't changed in the last 5-6years (I know there is a specials board) and the prices have gone up whilst the portion sizes have gone down. When it opened the food compared well for price/quality and size against competitors (some of which have opened since and I am looking at a wider area) like the Orchard, New Cross House, Hare & Billet etc... But sadly that is no longer the case. Whilst I still go there for food as it is a handy walk for me, If I'm going out with the family we more often then not chose somewhere else.
In terms of its layout - this has been slightly hampered by the splitting of the original pub into a house next door but I understand that there was planning permission granted for an extension to the side. This could allow them to re-think the ground floor layout. It would eat into the garden space but an extension with full height folding doors and a slidding glass roof should do the trick! Usable in summer and winder - okay perhaps a bit too Grand Designs.

gerrattamapub said...

Ate there last night and met Leslie and her puppy Teddy - really excellent to see a change of mindset at the T and she loves the area and the people she's met so far so I have high hopes indeed for the future. The outside are is unquestionably in ndeed of some tlc - planted up/a conservatory/you name it

Headhunter said...

When it first reopened, the upstairs bit used to be open as part of the pub, I remember sitting up there a few times for a drink....

Headhunter said...

Yes, I like the 2 courses for a tenner on Monday evenings, I hope they keep that... Good quality at a good price...

Headhunter said...

Yeah that would be a good idea, you are kind of pushed to one side or the other once you get in or you end up piling up behind people at the bar as soon as you get through the door...

befuddled said...

Sounds great and I look forward to a pint or two upon my return.

We gave up on the Talbot because of the charmless landlord, a streak of misery.

With all the foxes in the area could this be the venue for the return of the Brockley Hunt?

The Brockley and District Hunt said...

Sorry, I'm afraid we don't do 'cosy'

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