Friday 3 December 2004 2.46pm
is the type of establishment we ought to be encouraging in areas such as Bermondsey, rather than completely write off.
Admittedly, I moved into the area and for the first six months rarely ventured into the South side of the river. A mistake I now acknowledge. The Hartley
is precisely the sort of place I seek to relax in, knowing that while I sit away with my Sunday paper the Chef will be standing over my hearty dish of home-cooked goodness, and dare-I-say it, amongst company (albeit the staff) that welcome me as if somehow it could be home. Sure, £4 is about the price you could pay for a semi decent bottle of wine at the local supermarket, but what people sometimes forget is precisely where it is they live. Any business on Tower Bridge Road
(whether North or South), will never, cannot ever forget that as much as it needs to offer value-for-money in order to ensure customer satisfaction/attraction, it cannot do this at the sake of profit. If £3 for a glass of wine is more along the lines of what you consider acceptable for a glass of wine, then I suggest you move out of the area, or better still, try setting your own business up, and at £3 a glass, seeing how around Tower Bridge, you would intend on sustaining the place, never mind making a profit.