Herne Hill news, chitter chatter and gossip

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by choochi, Jun 9, 2014.

  1. choochi

    choochi Active Member

    I didn't actually go, I just got a flyer through a couple of days beforehand. Not sure which streets they posted flyers on though?
     
  2. choochi

    choochi Active Member

    That would be a real shame as it offered something different from the other pubs in the area. Did they say why?
     
  3. nagapie

    nagapie Well-Known Member

    I'm sure it is. Although that's quite a lot of HH really.
     
  4. Smick

    Smick Strictly Second Class

    Is the toddler crowd not big money in Herne Hill?

    People with kids who visit are always amazed by the Florence play area when I take them there.
     
  5. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    They are. And if you're open during the day in HH you'd be daft to do anything other than encourage them IMO. But they're also noisy and not glamorous :)
     
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  6. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    I think the problem was that some people weren't really supervising their kids.
     
  7. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    Yeah, that's the issue with parents, none of them parent in the same way, and invariably not in the way onlookers think they should do.
     
  8. nagapie

    nagapie Well-Known Member

    How odd, the family area was pretty small so hard not to.

    I'm wondering why I would go there now as their food and coffee were very average but I suppose there aren't actually many places in HH that you can drop in for a coffee.
     
  9. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    I was once having a burger at the Florence, sat by the door and watched a little kid wander out into the street. I grabbed him by his hoodie as he was about to step out from between two parked cars into the main road. Parents were out in the back garden and had left him in the kids play area. They seemed pretty disinterested.
     
  10. Smick

    Smick Strictly Second Class

    I've got a friend who was a social worker and he is very iffy about the Florence's play area. I think it's great, but I spend half my time in there and then drop outside to have a chug on my pint, watching in the window like a hawk.

    The Rosendale in West Norwood / West Dulwich is also a good one for the kids.

    I was in a pub in Stockton upon Tees recently and they had a sign stating that children would be tolerated, but if they make noise, don't be surprised to be asked to leave without finishing your food and drinks. Couldn't be further different from London pubs.
     
  11. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    Play area seems safe enough unless they escape

    I like the Rosendale too. Wilderness area though!
     
  12. clandestino

    clandestino no llevar papel

    I had a look on their Facebook page recently and there was a comment from the pub saying they were in dispute with their insurers I think it was. Just went back to double check and their page has been merged with the general Wetherspoons one...doesn't look good...:(
     
  13. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

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  14. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    Better a Spoons than no pub at all.
     
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  15. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Better a spoons than many other pub options, imo.
     
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  16. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    I don't disagree at all.
     
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  17. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

    Better a 'spoons than a Commercial/Florence/Regent. Or the fucking Railway with their comedy pricing.:p
     
  18. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    I would take TJ Builders comments on the HHF with a pinch of salt (and a tequila). It's like asking spymaster for cycling tips.

    And in the debate between it being a gastro ComFloReg vs. a Spoon, I'd rather it stayed as the Half Moon; the last newish landlord had made some good and bad changes, but blandifying it as a Half Moon Under Water would be a waste.
     
  19. editor

    editor hiraethified

  20. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

    Yes agreed. I was a regular there for years (I'm sure I must know you irl) and I really want it back. I'd welcome a spoons if the alternative is it closing but truth be told it's definitely not what I'd choose.
     
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  21. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    What's wrong with The Commercial? I can understand the resentment towards another Florence-type pub, but the C. seems like a decent joint to me. I'd still much prefer the Half Moon to reopen, but if I had to choose between a Commercial-style pub and a Spoons, the latter can go fuck itself tbh :D
     
  22. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    I walked back and forth through HH to get to the velodrome too many times yesterday and got a chance to look at that bit of the Lane for the first time in a while. It's slowly recovering from the flood; but it's really missing that pub.
     
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  23. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    And the Regent. Lovely boozer beautifully restored. Nice mix of people too.
     
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  24. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    True that. It's that bit further away so I haven't visited it that often, but when I did I've had a pleasant time.
     
  25. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    I spent a lot of my mat leave in the Regent with Ms T and a dog. Lovely place.

    E2a oh, and a baby. :oops:
     
  26. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Pub is alright, but I wouldn't recommend the upstairs room for anyone having a party where they like the volume to go over 0.7 though, or to any DJs as their 'system' is an absolute shocker. Those CD decks still haunt me!
     
  27. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

    It's hard to say what makes a pub good isn't it. The other three are all fine. I don't hate them or anything and I've been known to drink in all of them on occasions. The Half Moon did retain something of the feel of what Herne Hill used to be like in a way none of them do though, IMO, even if that was despite the best efforts of the owners.
     
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  28. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    that's cos the landlord and his kids live upstairs... I'll refrain from further comments.
     
  29. buscador

    buscador culturally dominant

    Time was when every pub in HH (like HH itself) was tired, dull and tatty, but each had their own character and devotees. You could go to the Brockwell Tavern if you wanted a fight or to meet up with your NF mates, the Half Moon or the Regent if you wanted to play pool, or the Commercial if you wanted a clean seat, cheap lunch and to be near the bookies. Over the years I've been a regular in all of them in their various incarnations, but it's becoming less obvious which is which any more.

    Current best in show is the Regent, despite the appalling state of the toilets, because it seems finally to have realised that people who just want to go for a pint or two are equally as important as the punters who want to buy dinner, and at least you can sit in the sunshine outside.
     
  30. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

    And the Hamilton if you wanted a drink when the others kicked you out at closing.:cool:
     

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