The Lost Hour, Greenwich

The Lost Hour
217-219 Greenwich High Road

We were recently invited by Fabhat to the pre-launch of a hyperlocal app for Greenwich and since we don't get invited to many things of any sort, decided to go along. The app's not ready yet, but we'll write about it when it is, as it will be an interesting experiment.

While we were there, we got chatting to the manager of what used to be The Auctioneer pub (on the approach to Greenwich from the station) and what is now (since April 5th) 'The Lost Hour'.

Owned by Stonegate, the pubco that operates Yates's, The Slug and Lettuce and The Scream, as The Auctioneer, it was aimed squarely at the student and tourist market but it has now been reinvented to cater more to Greenwich locals (whilst not turning its back on its traditional clientele).

We've not had a chance to visit since it reopened, but if the move indicates a small shift in Greenwich away from being a tourist trap and towards a more balanced local offer, that can only be a good thing. There are pockets of Greenwich (like the pubs on Royal Hill and the Plume of Feathers on Park Vista) which don't feel  like they're designed to capture punters disembarking from the pier, but they have been a dying breed over the last decade.