The pub's closure might be explained from the following extact from Southwark Councils much improved website:
LBS Vs BAKER - On the same date (1 July 2003) Mrs Linda Baker was found guilty in her absence by Camberwell Magistrates Court of four breaches of the conditions of the annual public entertainment licence in respect of the Final Furlong at 162 Grange Road, SE1. The Magistrates decided Mrs Baker should be present for sentencing and adjourned. Mrs Baker did not appear at the reconvened date and a warrant for her arrest has been obtained. In the meantime Mrs Baker has not applied for renewal of her public entertainment licence for the Final Furlong and this has lapsed accordingly.
I am with bart on this one. I do feel slightly guilty for wanting a "better kind" of pub but I never wanted to go to the Final Furlong as the music and look out didn't attract me.
Anyway, I can't wait for this corner of Grange Road to start having more choices, like a decent pub, a nice shop to buy some milk that is not covered in black soot, a deli... ( it is my wish list, I can add whatever I want, can't I?)
I used to be a customer of the F.F. still would if they let us old girls have a few more seats! the funny thing is when you go in there all the youngsters are sitting down! it would be nice to have a family pub in the area with a nice outside area .
a little bit of music ....a family night....a granny night...an oap night....no bouncers would be needed!
How utterly depressing are these calls for gastro pubs and "no oiks"?
It feels like a kind of class version of Yugoslavia's ethnic cleansing. The garrison is fine if you like drinking with 30 something designer types. Why can't we have pubs that don't exclude anyone? And where should "the Oiks" go when you've closed all their pubs?
Up until a couple of years ago this area was properly mixed but since the loft conversions and luxury flats have started filling up we seem to be approaching a kind of class apartheid.