Brockley Central readers invited to preview night at the new-look Talbot

Felix, the new landlord at The Talbot, has been true to his word and delivered another progress update on the rennovation of The Talbot pub.

We mentioned to him that we organise the occasional drinks night for BC readers and that it would be good to organise one there once the pub's open. He's gone one better and offered to stage the Brockley Central drinks night before the pub's formally open - giving us the chance to try the pub out before its formal opening.

It's a fantastic offer and one which we'll be bringing you more news of soon, but for now, here's his update:

As you can imagine things are heating up towards the opening date. I am sure that no-one will be surprised that we are a little delayed. We were originally aiming to be open next week, but it now looks like we will be three weeks late. I will confirm an actual opening date next week but for the time being I would leave your diaries free for the back end of week commencing the 23rd November.

I would like to extend an invitation to all Brockley Central readers to an exclusive preview opening just for locals. I am sure that you will all be keen to have a look before everyone else comes and hope that you will forgive any teething problems on our first night of trading as the re-incarnated Talbot.

The project has not been without its difficulties; In September we had a break-in where all of the copper piping and cabling was ripped out and taken for scrap. This wouldn’t have been too much of a problem had the stuff not already been installed and laid. We came back to work on a Monday morning with a cellar full of water and more than a week of work lost. A couple of young lads tried to get in last weekend but soon realized that the new alarm system was armed and that 4 external CCTV cameras were keeping a beady eye on them. Smile! You’re on candid camera.
On a more positive note, we have managed to employ some friendly local people to come and help run the place and we are all very excited about meeting you all when you come in for the first time. We really hope that you will all like the place and enjoy it regularly as a local pub should be.
I’ll let everyone know the date for the preview night as soon as I know.