I totally agree with Samuel. Just concentrate on running a good pub and stop trying to compete with all the others round here that do open for breakfast (Bermondsey Kitchen and the Garrison plus numerous caffs).
And please be open in the evenings. Is it too much to ask?
well I guess it is a case of use it or loose it -too many pubs have shut down so I would suggest that instead of complaining here we all make the effort to go in there and tell the new manager what we think! -a good excuse for a drink anyway!
You are so right, Samuel! They clearly have not done their market research: look at how successful The Garrison, Harley's and Bermondsey Kitchen are. It is a shame, because I think Simon The Tanner has all the potential of becoming the best pub in the area.
Obviously none of you know what you are talking about or how to run a pub business. - I would ask the question of how many of you have actually been in the pub since the new management has been in and how many of you have actually spoken to the landlord to see the problems that he has faced and how he is addressing them - remember there are no quick fixes when dealing with the public.
Samuel and Chrismingay - you contradict each other - Samuel saying change the hours and Chris complaining that it is not open at 8am. Again you have not spoken to the landlord - they were seeing if people would use the pub for breakfast and were open for about a month serving breakfasts, but not enough people went in to make it a viable prospect so obviously it was stopped. A pub is about the people in it not the pub itself - so it sounds like you walk past and dont give it a chance??
Maurits - they have done their research but this pub cannot be compared with The Garrison, Harley's and Bermondsey Kitchen as these are very different types of pub and in very different positions. This pub does suffer from it position and the restrictions that are put on it by the council in terms of advertising etc. But you are right it is a great pub just needs a few more customers to make it the best.
SEH - This pub works on a results basis - the landlord gets paid out of the profits not on a salary basis so it is in his best interests to make it work. They are trying a number of different strategies - how many of you know that it now has some great promotions on??
The landlord is always happy to talk about ideas and what people think - so instead of moaning here why not go in have a drink and talk to him and make this a) a viable prospect and b) the best pub in the area?