The Ruse is among my five closest pubs - and the only one of those I've not been in. It just never appealed. Unlike the Gladstone round the corner, not exactly a community asset.
As long as the building stays I'm fine with whatever happens upstairs. The ground floor with big windows on two sides is potentially good restaurant turf, though, if offered at well below the rates that prevail a little closer to the river.
So I doubt that'll become residential. Nice if for once it's not a chain that takes it.
Planning Permission has just been granted. Taken from Primeresi.com today:
Claridge wins approval for Bmor’s Borough pub-to-resi scheme[u][/u]
Southwark’s planners have given the nod to Bmor Ltd’s Claridge Architects-designed development on Borough High Street, containing eight luxury residential apartments.
The site, on the corner of Borough High Street and Great Suffolk Street, used to be a “colourful” drinking den called Ruse, which closed last Summer. Claridge’s designs will see the existing two-storey building demolished to make way for a rather striking new seven storey number offering up eight high-spec flats above a ground floor retail unit.
Bmor recently signed-up to a chunky JV with Southern Grove and Burlington to develop a waterside scheme next to Hayes Crossrail station.