Having said that I’m looking forward to the developments at my local (but unvisited) pub, The Talbot, I thought I should take a look at who it is that is going to buy the pub. One of the comment’s at Brockley Central doesn’t give me huge hope that we’re actually going to get an enjoyable pub:
It may sound good, but it’s lamentable that Punch Taverns are behind it. Crap food delivered in big vans from Brake Brothers once a week, fried onion rings and big brewery ethics.
Even before reading this I’d thought I should take a look at what Punch have to offer and came across their corporate goals which reads:
In order to develop our business further, our goals are to:
- Maximise the overall profitability of every site
- Optimise our share of the available profit
- Grow through selective acquisitions
There’s not much about the customer in there at all is there? And really the only customer they seem interested in is the retailer.
Looking at the types of pub they own, over 60% fall into one or other of these descriptions:
These are community pubs, mostly located in high density residential areas. Trade is focused on regular drinkers and tends to be wet led with little food. Beer, cider and spirits are the big sellers. Most show televised sport. Customers are generally blue collar workers and the proportion of female customers is relatively low.
Mid Market Local
The ‘traditional British pub’ as depicted in television soaps. Mid market locals are mostly situated in middle market residential areas and most offer some sort of food. There may also be themed evenings, quizzes, darts or pool. Customers tend to use the pub to meet friends and relax.
I’ve no idea if The Talbot will come into one of these two descriptions, but it seems quite likely.
Anyway, searching about on the Lewisham planning website I see the pub has had an application approved recently:
Alterations to the front and side elevations and the construction of decking to part of the front garden of The Talbot PH, 2-4 Tyrwhitt Road SE4, together with retractable awnings to the front and side elevations, installation of cast iron bollards and chains to the front boundary line and a new timber bin store to the front.
The planners go on to say:
The applicant is advised that this permission relates only to the proposed alterations as outlined on the approved plans and does not permit the proposed illuminated signage which would require separate advertisement consent.
I wait to see how things turn out, but I’m not as hopeful as I was when I first read Nick’s post.