Prince of Wales pub, Coldharbour Lane Brixton closes (2011)

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Word is that the Prince of Wales pub has most definitely closed and all the fittings are now being taken out, so it's unlikely to be a pub again for some time.

    I've no idea what's happening to Dex, but I've heard that it's a goner too.

    Anyone know any more?
  2. Dan U

    Dan U Boompty

    I always thought the pub was quite popular? The hotel bit always seemed a bit of an odd choice to me

    Liked Dex though and its terrace
  3. Onket

    Onket Je suis [CONTENT REMOVED]

    They weren't really doing a proper job when they re-opened the last time- Only a couple of beers on at one time, opening at 5pm, no card payments, etc.

    Not sorry it's gone in it's current format, but I will be sorry if the building changes use (as per the artfag pub down the road).
  4. Dan U

    Dan U Boompty

    Did you graff the bogs here as well onkey?
  5. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    This ^

    If it gets turned into a shop - which seems more than likely - then its another nail in the coffin.

    If you discount the Beehive, there now isn't a single boozer on Brixton High st.

  6. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    Though I guess its good news for the queen's head, the albert etc in terms of mopping up the pre-academy crowd
  7. Onket

    Onket Je suis [CONTENT REMOVED]

    I didn't take a photo of someone else's graff here, no. If that's what you mean.
  8. itsbruce

    itsbruce New Member

    Never liked that pub.
  9. cosmic malcolm

    cosmic malcolm cultivate joy

    Do you know your enemy

    As long as the Albert dont close :D
    And wouldn't the Prince of Wales make a great new arts space for Brixton :cool:
    It could easily be run if no rent had to be paid for a certain period of time when we are given a chance to get it up and runing :)
    But then some control freaks or politicos or or or or would come along and f**k it all up.:rolleyes:
  10. Onket

    Onket Je suis [CONTENT REMOVED]

    Er, yeah.
  11. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    I take it you're taking the piss? :hmm:
  12. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    I have fond memories of the Prince of Wales. Was my first local when it was a gay pub. Had many a great night in there
  13. nick h.

    nick h. Eat

    The new manager was a wrong 'un.
  14. bluestreak

    bluestreak HomosexualityIsStalin’sAtomBombtoDestroyAmerica

    been in there twice in 5 years down here, always a shame to lose a pub but i can't exactly pretend that its existence ever registered with me.
  15. Onket

    Onket Je suis [CONTENT REMOVED]

    The only reason I or anyone I know went there was it's location.
  16. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    That's 2 times more than me I reckon :D

    I blame the management for making it unappealing, or rather, not putting in any effort to make it appealing.

    I certainly don't want to see it go just because it's a pub that I never bothered using. I would rather someone put in more effort and it remained a pub
  17. cosmic malcolm

    cosmic malcolm cultivate joy

    Where did all the love go,I dont know.

    :confused: Dont understand whots wrong with a new arts center for Brixton on the high street that urbanites can make happen.
    How am I taking the piss please enlighten me :hmm:
    Maybe your one of the control freaks that would come along and f##k it all up. :D
  18. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    There's plenty of empty buildings in Lambeth that could become art spaces. Brixton does not need to lose another pub. It's lost enough already
  19. cosmic malcolm

    cosmic malcolm cultivate joy

    Sure :) ........
  20. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I never much liked the Prince of Wales and it was an awful venue for bands downstairs - bands would play on a lower level than the crowd who, not seeing the band, would just talk and shout over the music. Having the toilets right by stage wasn't the greatest idea either as bands would have to put up with people walking across their space.

    As a bar it was alright but I never really liked the layout of the place, although it was good for meetings in the day (even if the wi-fi was time-limited and dependant on you buying a drink first).

    Dex upstairs had a lovely 1930s curved bar and bags of potential but the one time ianw and I went there to talk about putting on some club there we were very shabbily treated indeed so didn't bother coming back.

    The place still has great possibilities: the location is perfect and it's certainly big enough so it would be a real shame if the pub has indeed gone for good.
  21. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Like I said, I never drank in there as it just didn't appeal to me, but I can't put my finger on what exactly I didn't like about the place, although it didn't have a "local" feel about it.

    Maybe it just needs gutting and they need to rethink the insides a bit. I dunno, all I do know is it would be a shame to lose yet another pub
  22. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Only went in there twice and had no desire to return. As others have said I hope it is another pub and not another retail chain. A restaurant would be preferred to retail premises for sure but I think there are enough places to eat.
  23. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    In all it's incarnations recently it never really hit the spot. 'Rest is noise' obviously did something right for example.
  24. Onket

    Onket Je suis [CONTENT REMOVED]

    Perhaps if no rent had to be paid for a certain period of time they'd be ok. But then some control freaks or politicos would probably come along and fuck it all up.
  25. editor

    editor hiraethified

    If the Prince had been Rest-Is-Noise-ified (or even Dogstar-ified) I'm pretty sure it could have done a lot better. Instead, it was a neither-here-nor-there kind of place and never really seemed that inviting.
  26. nagapie

    nagapie Well-Known Member

    Good description. Some friends of mine did a night there once a month and despite the convenient location, a decent sized dance floor and sound system and a smoking area outside it was always pretty horrible.
  27. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Listening to everyone post up negative opinions about the place it makes you wonder what the management were playing at. They had the perfect location, a sizeable pub and a HUGE footfall and yet they still fucked it up.
  28. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    As everyone has said, combo of poor use of the space, not the most welcoming staff, poor/narrow selection and wtf where they doing charging you to get in on weekends?
  29. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    exactly. It's pretty disappointing. You expect somewhere like Brixton to have a fairly decent pub on the high street, but I think in about 10 or 15 years I went in about 3 or 4 times - usually to meet out-of-towners who ended up drinking in there before the Academy. It had absolutely nothing going for it at all.
  30. Plumdaff

    Plumdaff joy in people

    I agree. Only time I ever went in was with non-local friends who'd said to meet there - and even then, on many an occasion, the non-locals would say "I meant the one further down Coldharbour but got the name wrong". Could have done a roaring trade, but the place always seemed too bright and souless to me.

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