Before the developers get their hands on it, I really want to buy the Grange Pub and turn it into a cosy, community oriented pub serving good food where you can go in and relax in your own, your family or have a good night out with mates.
But, I'm short about a million quid - £800k to buy and I reckon another £200k to renovate. Anybody fancy turning it into a co-op pub with me? Does anybody know where to even start?
I am sure that I have read in Southwark News of at least one pub, probably two, being bought by the community to be run by the community as a real pub.
Perhaps the editors may be able to put you in touch with them.
You could start by contacting the people who run The Ivy House in Nunhead: here's the link
It's a huge place with a variety of rooms and a 'garden' (some areas are still a work in progress!) but has options for a variety of events and at the time of my visit, had a number of very good London 'craft' beers on tap. I would say their claim to be on the way to being 'one of London's finest real ale and craft beer pubs' is a little premature, but it's the first example of a cooperatively owned pub, bought for the community under the provisions of the Localism Act.
@RedLondoner @Beowulf I'd be interested in getting involved. I've been homebrewing for a few years now with my eye on eventually setting up a micro-brewery somewhere in the SE1 area. Would love to have a chat about it
I would love to be involved, BUT, I'm not sure how much, if any, cold hard cash I could put in or even how much time I could devote to it. Keeping my own business going and the 3 kids fed and clothed seems to take every ounce of blood, sweat and tears I have.
That said, I could definately sort out the coffee equipment and the hot drinks side. Obviously not the most important, but still a requirement for any pub serving food.
The Grange has such fantastic potential it would be such a shame to see it converted in to yet more "luxury apartments"