Monday 15 February 2016 9.53am
I think that The Boatman is going to close, I've heard it from so many people, that there must be at least a grain of truth in it.
I've never been more than a social drinker, I've gone weeks/months on end without stepping over the threshold of any pub, plus your habits change as you get older, e.g. I probably avoid places with live music now, as I want to hear and be heard in conversation, whereas in the 70s and 80s I was happy trying to lip read, or catch enough that I could keep up.
If anyone had asked me about The Blue Anchor, I'd have said, "closed for ages now", I really didn't think that it was still there, but as I am 'down The Blue' now about as often as I'm in Marylebone Road, it's easy to forget.
I know that The Bank is on the site of the old H.S.B.C., (nearly typed Midland Bank), in Southwark Park Road but I've never thought of it as a pub, I thought that it was a restaurant, so maybe it's a gastro pub.
I used to go in the Stanley a gazillion years back, it was always sparkling clean, a regular old Bermondsey pub.
I rarely went in The Foresters, and I'm pleased to read that it's had a make over, it always felt a tad scruffy to me.
The Queen Vic was a good old pub, but I doubt I've been in there for 30 years.
The pub that I use the most now is The Ship
, St. Mary Church St., Rotherhithe, probably because I can see it from my kitchen window, and on the extremely rare occasions that I indulge in too much of the Smirnoff brothers creation, I can roll home in 3 or 4 minutes, including two steps forward, one step back.