Monday 26 January 2015 11.26am
The Marquis was a 'traditional' boozer and it's closed.
I don't think the closure is related necessarily to profitability - I believe they did quite a good trade there - and it was generally busy when we went there.
I don't think it's as you say, Kevin, where "people don't tend to want to sit in a pub much...", but rather a case of land values being tempting for brewery landlords. I think a good example of this is shown elsewhere in SE1, where planning permission has been sought for conversion into flats on the basis a pub business isn't viable only then for someone else to step in, often at the last minute, reopen the pub and demonstrate that it is perfectly possible. The traditional boozer model is still a viable one - look at the Hand & Marigold - it just requires a brewery landlord who hasn't constantly got an eye on rising property/land prices.
My experience couldn't have been more different to NPT's. We went with the kids one afternoon and the bar staff gave the kids crisps and were family friendly. They didn't mind us sitting inside and playing on the pool table with the kids running around and it had a good vibe to it.