New nights at The Talbot

The Talbot's reinvention as a pub that does more than simply exist continues. Back in 2009, it was rescued from seemingly terminal decline and turned into a handsome pub with a decent kitchen. Then it stopped.

It seemed like the owners felt like they had done the hard work by raising the finance and fixing the wiring and the plumbing. It never quite made the leap from pleasant place to sit for a while to community hub, like The Royal Albert, The Orchard or Jam Circus. Recently, however, things have begun to change. First. Little Nan brought a bit of showmanship to the upper floor and then a new owner, Lesley Shearer, took over.

We tried it out for the first time since her reign began a couple of weekends ago and were impressed by the early signs. It feels fresher, friendlier and more personal. She's also intent on hosting more events and has announced two new regular nights:

- Tuesday is Quiz night, starting at 8pm
- Wednesday is Irish Folk Music night, starting at 8.30pm

More change is coming, but it's good to see The Talbot seems to be in safe hands.

6 comments:

Headhunter said...

Are they still going to do their Monday night 2 courses for a tenner thing? I hope so....

NAT said...

Pity about that cocktail bar upstairs, little Nan's, I think it was called. Used to pop up there for a Long Island ice tea before tucking in.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Two course deal still running. Not so sure about the new doggie mural though!
Little Nans now at Birdie Num Nums in New Cross

Brockley Nick said...

Love the doggie mural!

NAT said...

Have you been back since your report Nick? The doggie mural unlike the dogs that use the Talbot, is quite twee.
On the matter of neutral decor, that worked quite well, as there were a number of diverse (lovely old new labour term) stakeholders frequenting.

NAT said...

The quality and variety of the 2 courses for a tenner deal continues it's upward trend, while most of those who appreciate it seem to be found on the Net rather than in the Talbot on a Monday night, to judge by last night's turnout.

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