Anyone know what the plans are for the River Bar? It has closed for what may be a refurb or possibly a change of use. There are no notices on the premises or, so far as I can see, on Southwark Council's website.
<Last week we exchanged on a new site - our third! - on the south side of Tower Bridge looking onto the mayor's office from the front and onto Shad Thames at the back. This is our first tentative step outside of SW11, the Draft House heartland, so we shall see if the Easterners like our blend of honest food and beers which aspire to greatness. We take possession of the site at the end of this month and, following a 6-week fit aim to open by end-August. 17/06/10>
I quite liked the River Bar, it was owned by the same small group that owns the Market Porter and the Stamford Arms but rather different from those two.
I am the owner of The Draft House Tower Bridge (formerly The River Bar) which, all being well, we will reopen in late August.
I note that some of you have been checking us out already, for those who haven't there's lots of info on our other sites at www.drafthouse.co.uk.
For concerned residents who suffered at the hands of The River Bar (and I have already heard from some of you) we aim to be a big improvement in terms of community relations. But we also need you to let us know what we're doing right and wrong so we can tailor our plans accordingly.
Specifically, we will be actively discouraging customers from using the Queen Elizabeth St and Horselydown Street sides of the pub, through a combination of strong management, signage and the creation of a covered smoking area on the Tower Bridge side. There is no current plan to have tables and chairs outside - anywhere.
Anyone with questions, please reply to this forum and I'll get in touch with you.
I look forward to welcoming you soon as customers. We will be having a residents event towards the end of August - date TBC.