Wednesday 30 April 2014 10.07am
Only went in there once. The unfriendly welcome was enough to make sure I didn't go again.
I don't like to see any pub close, but I'm not surprised that they couldn't keep that one running as a viable business.
It's not about gentrification either. The pub near the Coop on GDS (?White Horse?) was an unwelcoming place for years. I can't imagine anyone who'd never been there would have wanted to walk in off the street. The new landlords haven't done it up noticeably, and they're definitely not trying to make it into a cocktail bar, but they do appear to be trying really hard to make it an inviting place for new customers to walk into.
There's room for all kinds of pubs in SE1, catering to all kinds of clientele. BUT there probably isn't room for pubs that make no effort to provide hospitality, and I won't be surprised to see those sort of places go out of business or be taken over.
Vaguely related, but sorry if this is a little off-topic: does anyone know what goes on in the RoyalS Salsa place on Harper Rd (formerly the Royal Standard)? That's another place I can't imagine ever wanting to go in.
...if you press it, they will come.