Tuesday 19 August 2014 11.54am
I would like to point out that Ruse has now been open under the same management for over 14 years, and prior to that it was a pub for over 50 years. Far longer than much of the residential accommodation on Great Suffolk Street
apart from the council flats. Wasn't this largely the Ministry of Sound
's recent argument regarding people moving into areas where pubs/bars/clubs exist.
Ruse has been looking after Liverpool fans (plus Arsenal, ManU, rugby, cricket fans etc) since 2003 and has regularly had major games since that time.
It also has an incredibly diverse clientele, even more so on Liverpool match days, with a high proportion of SE1 professionals, ethnic minorities and females attending. The racist, sexist & homophobic abuse comments is something that neither I nor any of my predominately female staff recognise. As the father of a young daughter, and the husband of a mixed race lady, it just would not be tolerated.
I would also like to highlight the fact that as far as I am aware, there has never been a fight in or around Ruse in a Liverpool related issue. The police have certainly never been called to such an incident in 13 years. As another poster has commented the banter outside is invariably friendly.
We work very closely with the police, and people passing on Sunday would have noticed that 2 suited security staff were patrolling the front & side doors to maintain order and keep the highway clear.
There were no broken glasses or bottles outside on Sunday evening, as we have not allowed them outside of Ruse at any time of the day, on any day, for well over a month. Broken glass would just not be in keeping with the new hanging baskets.
With regard to blocking the pathway, that it something that I will speak to my staff about, however it is considerably less than the complete blocking of the footpath (at a pedestrian crossing) that regular occurs outside of the Libertine and can occur outside of the Trinity & Roebuck. The noise levels outside those 3 establishments can also be loud on a Friday & other evenings. Parts of SE1 and whole of SE16 also has to listen to the New Den singing every week or so & that can be very boisterous. I won't even mention the regular carnage at London Bridge station on most match days from various teams.
I do apologise if the noise levels have at times got out of hand, and will endeavour to at keep the noise in-house, and will instruct my staff accordingly.
Ruse is a great bar, well supported by the local community and local businesses. It is one of the few truly safe places for people to go in SE London. If you are not sure about, that take a look at the number of individual or small groups of ladies who are in there every midweek evening. Tony