Crown and Anchor pub, Brixton Road, Brixton goes card-only

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by boohoo, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. editor

    editor hiraethified

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  2. Stig

    Stig Bull in a china shop

    Yep, the Jolly Butchers suffers from that too. I keep trying to get them to felt tile the ceiling or something.
  3. Stig

    Stig Bull in a china shop

    I can do that! for example, see that Kernel one? Got Chinook hops in, that has. ;)
  4. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    Crispy at home, some moments ago:

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  5. Onket

    Onket Je suis [CONTENT REMOVED]

    5pm, and not 4pm as originally advised then. That might fuck everything up for me, sadly.
  6. Onket

    Onket Je suis [CONTENT REMOVED]

    Also, got to agree with crispy here, about the noise.

    I'm not a fan of these cold bare walled places. Not my kind of look and never feel comfortable in those places. Always looks and feels a bit 'try hard'.

    A shame, really. They could have made it much more homely.
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  7. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    Books. Wall-to-wall bookcases. Really absorbs sound.
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  8. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    *redecorates nursery*
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  9. Stig

    Stig Bull in a china shop

    We're OK for sound absorption in our flat then. :D
  10. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

  11. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

    Looks good to me. I think I'll call in on my way home from work tomorrow too.
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  12. editor

    editor hiraethified

    From Friday the bar will open at 4pm, but I'm pretty sure that it's starts at 5pm tomorrow (as it's their 'soft launch').

    *edit: might be worth checking this though
  13. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    We took my mates and their small baby to the Florence for sunday lunch recently but my mates' baby just kept crying. We realised after a while that was because it was so noisy - all those hard brick surfaces and wooden floors do make it noisy. Admittedly, it's easier that way in terms of cleaning etc but it can make it so loud that you have to shout to your mate next to you. Still, I reserve judgement and I look forward to trying some great drinks in a new boozer tomorrow.

    Great pics above ed, and on the blog, cheers.
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  14. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Just some curtains would do. You can draw them in the winter to keep it warm, too.
  15. wemakeyousoundb

    wemakeyousoundb and calm again

    might just have to drop in on my way to work
  16. editor

    editor hiraethified

    You could wear a big cloak and place it over the heads of the people you want to talk to in the pub.
  17. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Oh, and it's definitely a 5pm opening tomorrow.
  18. Stig

    Stig Bull in a china shop

    How will those who go to the pub for a chat with Crispy know that they need to be heading for the people standing under the blankie?
  19. editor

    editor hiraethified

    He could put a little light on the top with his name on it.
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  20. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Good idea!
    Talk to you tomorrow :)
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  21. Stig

    Stig Bull in a china shop

    Urban75 pub meet, yesterday:

  22. fortyplus

    fortyplus smug git

    Deeply cynical theory of mine is that hard surfaces - noisy pubs - makes punters shout louder to have a conversation, for which the throat needs more lubrication...
    whatever, the noise and the decline in top-end hearing acuity means the only hope is for everyone over a certain age who still wants to go out to learn bsl.
  23. Onket

    Onket Je suis [CONTENT REMOVED]

    That's what it says on their website, that you've linked to in your article. That's why I posted saying it was 5pm.

    I am now unlikely to be able to make it, sadly.
  24. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan knows how to use the three shells

    perhap i'll have my birthday do there next week.
  25. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    Let's do it. Pick a Wednesday.
  26. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    the next one! (apr 25)
  27. editor

    editor hiraethified

    The ales and ciders I tasted were lush.
  28. stevebradley

    stevebradley Well-Known Member

    I've had a couple of meetings with the pub's owner recently (thanks btw to whoever it was on U75 who passed my details to him - can't recall who) - to both understand a bit about his ambitions for the pub, and to take him through the plans for the area/park. I've been pushing Lambeth to play a leadership role in helping to get that row of shops along Brixton Rd tidied up (a third of them were vacant at one point last year), and we had a strategy all sorted for that until a year ago when the council changed its mind :( So I'm very pleased that the pub is getting a new lease of life, and hopefully it will act as a catalyst to lift that whole parade. The owner is uber passionate about his new enterprise, which is great to see.

    Re that side street - Ingleton Street - thankfully there are plans afoot to pedestrianise it, which I pushed to be added to the plans for redeveloping Slade Gardens as the street is in need of some serious attention. The idea will be to pedestrianise the road and help it visually blend in a bit better with the park so there's less of a 'leap' from street to park area. I'm personally hopeful that the space could even be used for the occasional market once pedestrianised, so I'll also be pushing Lambeth to do whatever is needed to aid that in future (e.g. strategically placed power sockets).

    I'd a chat with Lambeth Highways this week about it, and they're ready to do the pedestrianisation. However - someone has bought the run down shed at the end of the street next to the park (which had raw sewage flowing out of it for a couple of weeks in high Summer last year. Nice), and the new owner will soon be seeking planning permission to build a modern two-storey house there. No point pedestrianising the street until whatever he is allowed to build there is near completion, so looks like it won't happen for another 18-24mths or so now. But it is scheduled to happen, Highways are very supportive, and it would really help to alter the feel of that area.

    In the meantime, a row of picnic tables have been put outside the pub. The pavement there is so uneven/slopey that they had to saw a few inches off the legs of all the tables on one side... :)

    Lambeth's cycling team have also promised me they'll install some cycle racks there at some point later this year.

    It's currently welded shut. That end of the park got so little footfall that the area around the gate was used a lot by drug users and dealers at all times of day. The lady who ran the Crown before used to keep padlocking the gate herself to try to keep them away, but when the Crown was squatted recently the occupants took the lock off so their dogs could get into the park through the gate. There was a real problem with them not cleaning up after their animals, or apparently in controlling them either, so Lambeth welded the gate shut to keep them out. The plans for regenerating Slade Gardens have included an aspiration to get that gate opened for some time, but the Police felt it was a bit too early to do so when the issue was raised with them last year. However - now there's a pub with big clear windows and outside tables there, the natural surveillance of the area will be pretty huge which should deter a lot of problems there. Also - the owner of the pub has said that he is happy for his staff to monitor the gate and the area. So after a meeting there last week the result is that the gate is due to be reopened any day now (and hopefully before the opening bash tomorrow !)

    There's a lot of disposal income in the Stockwell Conservation Area on the other side of the park, but next to none of it gets spent in that part of Brixton Rd. With the gate open and Ingleton Street looking and feeling more welcoming again, I'm hopeful residents there will be more prepared to take a stroll through the park and spend some of their cash in the local shops there along Brixton Rd. And hopefully the pub will play a role in coaxing them down too.

    BTW - for those familiar with the hulking shambles of a former pub on the corner of Mostyn Rd and Brixton Rd (just a little bit north of the Crown), you may have noticed that the corner unit there has been painted white recently and has had a funky mural added to it ? That's going to be a new shop for Cycooldelic - the group from the nearby 'Remakery' in Paulet Rd who do 'recycle a cycle' and other bike related and green activities. They're a very enthusiastic bunch of guys who know everything about bikes, and the new shop will be doing repairs as well as selling recycled and reconditioned bikes etc, and will also have a mini cafe. They're already open for servicing etc now, so pop in if you've got a bike. I'm particularly pleased that they've taken on and tidied up that corner shop, as it will help improve the area. And it's great that they're the first co-op type business to graduate from the Remakery and try to have a free-standing business. So please try to support them.
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  29. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

  30. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

    I'm pleasently surprised that the police and council are aware of the "independent street traders" who have operated in the street/park and one of the business's for years,it does raise the question of why they never did anything about it,or was it because it's not central Brixton and they'd rather it there than elsewhere?(note I'm not trying to slander any of the business's in the area they had no control over it)

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