The Honor Oak reopens [UPDATED]

True to their word, the team at the new-look Honor Oak pub have pulled-off an August reopening, with a launch party tonight. If you've been in, please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

UPDATE: Brockley Jon writes:

I was in on Friday night. The pub has had a complete makeover. They've made more dining space downstairs, which works really well, and there is the Whisky room upstairs that could be a great spot for a large birthday party. The front garden now works so much better as they've properly enclosed it, and it seems much bigger. The staff were coping admirably as it was very busy and they're clearly still learning the ropes. A few of the ales had run out but there was Brockley on tap while it lasted!

 I'd like to see the pub get more of its own identity over time - it's full of Victoriana and faux-industrial fittings, but it needs to find its own look. I'm sure this will develop over time once it's more lived in. It's a mightily impressive reincarnation overall, and an asset to that end of town. Well done to all involved.

7 comments:

Brockley Jon said...

I was in on Friday night. The pub has had a complete makeover. They've made more dining space downstairs, which works really well, and there is the Whisky room upstairs that could be a great spot for a large birthday party. The front garden now works so much better as they've properly enclosed it, and it seems much bigger.
The staff were coping admirably as it was very busy and they're clearly still learning the ropes. A few of the ales had run out but there was Brockley on tap while it lasted!
I'd like to see the pub get more of its own identity over time - it's full of Victoriana and faux-industrial fittings, but it needs to find its own look. I'm sure this will develop over time once it's more lived in. It's a mightily impressive reincarnation overall, and an asset to that end of town. Well done to all involved.

dc said...

we will be popping down soon.

James Masini said...

Went last night having just visited Beer Rebellion in Peckham, which put the Honor Oak at a significant disadvantage in my eyes.

The new Honor Oak is certainly better than the old one and that's about it's strongest selling point.

£4+ for real ale is not exactly the most positive way to introduce yourself to the community (especially if ale that's travelled less than 2 miles).

Clearly a big emphasis on families which is fine but it does stray awfully close to looking like a tarted up Harvester.

Still, I suppose it fills a gap in the market; albeit a very unimaginitive gap.

RuthG said...

We went to the opening and I really like the way it looks, plus the staff were all lovely, but it was about £5.20 for a pint of peroni, let alone any ales. It's a shame as we would love to be able to just pop in for food or to grab a drink on the weekends, but we might have to treat it as more of a place for special occaisions. It's looking so much better though and glad it's reopened!

Simon & Olivia @geddes said...

Wow, these people have made a fantastic job with the refurb. They've had the confidence to invest heavily in the area and we are in no doubt they will be an incredible success. The refit does justice to such a great building and it's now a great place to spend an afternoon or evening.
We visited the place yesterday at 4pm and it was already reasonably busy. By 6pm the place was buzzing. They had a great selection of beers and wines and the bar team were very friendly. We were told they had to turn away over one hundred people last Sunday for lunch!
It just goes to show, there is a market for pubs like these as well as the Antic and Weatherspoon types of establishment. Well done to the owners, they've created to something pretty special.

max doom! said...

sounds horrific. why cant people keep their effing kids out of the pub? cant believe im saying this but £4-odd seems reasonable compared to some gaffs

Brockley Jon said...

It's anything but horrific, James paints a very harsh picture! £4 something is certainly not unusual either, as you say.

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