Sarah wrote:Wouldn't it be the case the the pub closed because not enough local people were using it to make it viable?
sarahse1 wrote:Wouldn't it be the case the the pub closed because not enough local people were using it to make it viable? So now a different style of pub is being opened which will hopefully appeal to more people?
Gavin Smith wrote:Sarah wrote:Wouldn't it be the case the the pub closed because not enough local people were using it to make it viable?
No, this wasn't the case. The Wellington has always been profitable. That the brewery landlord wanted to hike the rent up massively was the problem here. Pubs in London face a two-pronged attack: profitability and land/property values, whether perceived or actual.
Gavin Smith wrote:My experience was the polar opposite. There were several idiots, both customers and staff, and it wasn't the sort of place you'd sit and watch the world go by in.
kevinruairi wrote:Gavin Smith wrote:My experience was the polar opposite. There were several idiots, both customers and staff, and it wasn't the sort of place you'd sit and watch the world go by in.
Did you have the shoulder chips along with your sour grapes and hard cheese?
kevinruairi wrote:Went in here today. Place is much more inviting and welcoming than previously, the unfrosted windows allow you to see in from the street. Decent beer selection including some local brews on tap and in the fridge. I tried the A+H IPA which was nice. We had a pizza and some garlic bread. The latter was great, the former good, perhaps the tables could do with some black pepper and olive or chili oil if pizza is going to be their main focus. Staff were friendly, there were no idiots in the crowd, service was quick, and I like what they've done with the outdoor seating. I don't tend to drink in pubs much but I could see myself going back again soon, definitely preferable to the Doodle Bar further up the road.
kevinruairi wrote:I only had one with the food so wasn't making a mental note of how much it cost. I don't tend to care if a pint is 3.80 or 4.50. I don't consider it a huge deal if it's a few pence more as I'm not drinking a huge amount, and i don't consider it an indicator of anything else. There are other more relevant things to get worked up about, such as rent, unaffordable housing, bills and so on. I can always pay a cheaper price for a pint somewhere else, but I don't particularly like mass produced fizzy swill. I used to, or more to the point wasn't bothered about it too much, but can't touch it any more. This time I wanted to try something different, and I think it's good to support local brewers in SE1, so paying an extra 50p for a Bermondsey beer compared to a Becks or Stella doesn't faze me.
The place could do with some couch seats on the inside. The outdoor bean bags in the wooden chairs are comfortable, but not exactly suitable in the current climate.
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