The Catford Bridge Tavern opens tonight!

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by stat, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. stat

    stat ~~~~~

    Hello everyone

    The Catford Bridge Tavern opened tonight in... [drumroll] Catford. Right next to Catford Bridge train station. This is exciting for two reasons.

    Firstly, it had nine (NINE) cask ales/porters/ciders on and seems like it will continue to have a high number. I tried three of them and they were delicious, I'd never even heard of any of them before.

    Secondly, it will re-ignite a debate in the area that has quietened lately (since plans to build on the Catford dog track were put on ice) as to whether this pub - an Antic (yay!) gastropub (boo!) - represents gentrification of its lovely neighbourhood and how much of a bad thing that might be.

    The Catford Bridge Tavern (how about just 'The Cat Tav'?) replaces The Copperfield, whose licence was withdrawn after police found traces of cocaine in the toilets and women were reported to be driven around on the bonnets of cars in nearby streets after closing time.
  2. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    "whose licence was withdrawn after police found traces of cocaine in the toilets..."

    Well, there and 99.99% of just about all boozers!

    I wish the new boozer all the best - it sounds a good 'un.
  3. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    It's not far from me and we will probably try it out at some point. I never went to the Copperfield, but Catford could do with some better pubs (last time I went to the Goose on the Green a mass brawl broke out!:eek::D)

    The gentrification debate is an interesting one. Apparently, what attracts most gentrifiers are Victorian houses and good transport links, both of which Catford has........
  4. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    It's years since I was last in the Copperfield but it was a dive as I remember.
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  5. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    got well pissed with another urb in the Copperfield many many moons ago :)[
    was a dive but did the job
    good luck with new incarnation
  6. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    It's an Antic pub, which seem to be flavour of the month around here. They have the Ravensbourne in Lewisham and Jam Circus in Brockley, both of which are pretty good, and have just opened one in Forest Hill. (I believe they also have the Dogstar these days).
  7. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    They've recently bought the Goose in Streatham as well.
  8. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry

    They've had the Dogstar for yonks
    Live right next, well within 100 yards of the Jam and its a very fine pub
    Copperfield was a nut house, but I kind of liked it for that:D
    Antic will match it to its location to a large extent, so it'll change but dont expect a pushchair park by the end of week 2
  9. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    Let's hope not, eh. Too many places like that round here already. Last time I went in The Herne it was basically a posh nursery with real ale on tap.
  10. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Thanks for the heads up.
    Did the Forest HIll one ever open? IN the old post office - not sure if it did. Was meant to...

    Gentrification of CAtford? Is there really a case to be made?
    What was the plan to build on the dog track? Flats I guess....
  11. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    Sylvan Post in Forest Hill opened really recently - like this Wednesday or Thursday.

    Dog track AFAIK was bought by one of the big HAs (Hyde? L&Q?) and awaits development pending funding, or summat.
  12. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    The only place ive ever had a knife pulled on me - luckily my mate managed to talk the scallywag out of it.
  13. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    Where, the Goose? :eek:
  14. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Yeah, we went to a shit house party round the corner, then went to the cash machine by the goose. Then sat on the bench right there on the main road to have a ciggy. Chatting away, next thing two lads came up knife out making up some bullshit story about 'why did you do so and so to my mates girl (we'd never seen them before) - im going to punish you' etc. ...its not even worth going further - all okay in the end thankfully after some jedi mind tricks on them

    Thanks - will give it a check out. Im not hopefull though. I dont think Forest Hill is capable of having a nice drinking hole.
  15. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry

    Lordy - the Herne nas been destroyed - used to live 39 secs walk from it - virtually lived there - aint been back once in the last year or so
  16. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    :eek::eek: sounds horrendous.

    Don't find the Hob in Forest Hill too bad, nor even the Capitol - though with the Crofton Park golden triangle (Brockley Jack, Mr Lawrence & Jam Circus) up the road I rarely drink in FH.
  17. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    They're not just any kids, hipipol - they're ones with the sort of names any sane person would only give to a domestic animal (Orlando, Felix, Tabitha et al) with parents to match.
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  18. clicker

    clicker nanook rubs it....

    May pop into the catford tavern tonight....will report back comrades....wish me luck....shall score the ladies loos out of ten as is tradition in any new watering hole and wont rack the charlie up on the cistern lest it be shut down again...:eek:
  19. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day


    Interested to know how it goes.
  20. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Yeah, theyre OK at best, but I never really enjoy drinking in FH.

    I checked out Sylvan Post - have to say its pretty good - its very dark in there, which is what FH is all about - its a hideout really. Im sure it will do well.
  21. Mr Blob

    Mr Blob Well-Known Member

    I woz there Friday- too many folks trying it out. Had to stand with my friends- all table seats were packed!
  22. clicker

    clicker nanook rubs it....

    Welll I ventured in on Saturday night and was pleasantly surprised. They appear to have re-furbed on the cheap, but it was so dire before - it works. The beer/blood/semen stained carpet has gone to meet it's maker in the sky and the wooden boards underneath have been rubbed down. I won't say sanded, because that'd be stretching the truth, but it is clean and scrubbed looking. The place is huge which I always knew, but some how it looks bigger....cavernous.

    The dog eared couch seating that used to be around the walls is all ripped out, the mis matched tables and chairs look as though they've been got job lot stylee from an ailing secondhand shop. But they are serviceable and the occasional standard lamp and ye olde wall mirror served to bring a cosy touch of home into this recovering boozer.....whereas once we had a 'didn't i kill yor bruvva' vibe going on, it is now more mung bean and people like me who have wandered in to be nosey, been tempted to stay the evening and will visit again one day.

    The staff were polite and friendly, the clientele chilled and the candles flickered in was a touch Adams Family in a good way, being a lover of candle light and real fires it scored high on both.....I'd hazard a guess that during the day it looks a bit of a tip maybe....but early days and hopefully it will be tweaked.

    Had no problem getting a table in the big bit hidden by new net curtains....which sounds so wrong, but didn't jar as much as you'd imagine....the big bit around the back where the gents loo used to be and the pool tables were, was sectioned off and closed up beind another billowing net curtain, whether these are a permanent arrangement or a temporary nod in the direction of shabby chic pending a few more bucks being spent here....I'm not sure.

    The only other place I ever drink around here is the Crown in Burnt Ash Rd. We had a 'which do you prefer' discussion....and the Crown is cosier irish couple run a tight ship, it is warmer looking and would be my choice over the Catford Tavern....but all in all it was a good evening and fairly full of punters who I can't imagine would have frequected any other Catford pub if this hadn't it has a market.

    However............the ladies toilets were as prehistoric as ever.......clean but totally unchanged from Copperfield days........a bit like visiting your granny in the seventies.....clanking exposed pipework....layers of cheap pink gloss paint and ceramic tiles that have surely committed some kind of crime against good see the Crown as previously mentioned has fresh flowers in the loo.....and thereby I rest my case M'lud.
  23. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    Interesting stuff clicker. Sounds like it has the same vibe as The Ravensbourne. I reckon Antic do up pubs on the cheap via house clearance/jobs lots, but do it well.

    I'll try to give it a go in the near future.
  24. love detective

    love detective secret pint

    I'll be sticking to the Catford Ram and the Goose
  25. monsterbunny

    monsterbunny Well-Known Member

    Good review, clicker. The Crown is very near to me so it's a nice comparison.
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  26. Catford Tavern

    Catford Tavern Local boozer. 020 3066 2060. @catfordtavern

    Clicker, thanks for the review, and thanks to others for coming on the opening night and/or wishing us well.

    Clicker, glad to hear the staff were nice - this is the most important thing. Sorry the toilets are a bit prehistoric, I'm not sure how much Antic will do to improve their look, but as long as they're functional and clean I'll be content. Snazzy hand dryer that removes 3 layers of dead skin as you dry now installed in the ladies. Gents will get one soon.

    I've not been much of an Urban 75 user in the past, but I'd be keen to see any feedback or questions.

  27. jim fish

    jim fish New Member

    This pub is awesome! New refurb is great. Loads of ales, friendly staff, new customers. Could be the start of the Catford turn around. New local for sure. *****
  28. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry

    Might be interesting to organise an Antic Pub Crawl to check out which works best...........
    Can you ask Max if he'll sponsor it??????????
  29. Larkin

    Larkin New Member

    Wow. What a difference. This place was super dodgy before, but now it's a fully gastrofied oasis in the badlands of Catford. Amazing selection of beers, great food, and the best thing is the friendliness of the staff.
  30. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    he Catford Bridge Tavern is under threat of closure. Since pub group Antic took over the pub earlier this year, the place has been transformed from one of the area's problem pubs in to one of Catford's best assets.

    Now, the freeholders of the pub have submitted a planning application to turn the rooms above the pub in to flats (fine) and the pub itself in to retail (disaster).

    There are a number of reasons why the Council should listen to the recommendations of its own Sustainable Development Committee and pull out all the stops to save the Catford Bridge Tavern.

    Firstly, good local pubs improve the quality of life for residents - an important part of the mix for any successful community. Catford is famously short of pubs - its development having been influenced by the temperance movement [never new that, thats intresting] - and this is arguably the best in the area. If the plan goes ahead, an important amenity will be lost.

    Secondly, and ironically, this would damage local retail. Catford is not short of retail, it has a surfeit. The Council is struggling to make the retail centre a success and its only hope to do so is to marry the shops with a range of high-quality leisure options to attract and keep shoppers in the area. The loss of the area's best pub would be a major setback.

    Thirdly, it would send a signal to pub freeholders across the borough that the Council does not value its pubs and will not protect others from further development. This is a chance to draw a line in the sand and support a company that has perhaps done more than any other to make Lewisham a better place to live.

    This application is a text book illustration of the problems facing pubs in the area. The pub itself is now a success, but the freeholders have a strong incentive to let it close - the residential properties above the pub would be worth more with retail on the ground floor. Given that average house prices in Lewisham are nearly eight times the average salary, it would be no bad for thing for the borough if the flats were more affordable.

    The Catford Bridge Tavern team believe their position is precarious and plan to mount a campaign to persuade the Council to help them. It goes without saying that their customers will support their petition, but anyone who cares about Lewisham's pubs should do the same.

    The campaign will launch next week - we'll publish the details then.

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