Catford Conservative club

Catford Bridge TavernPub Company Antic London, have announced plans to open a pub at the old Catford Conservative Club site. This is good news considering Catford Bridge Tavern was sold to another pub chain and Antic will not be running it for much longer.

Antic put a lot of hard work into turning the tavern around, making it a nice friendly place to have a glass of wine and a decent plate of food. The pub closed briefly last year because the landlord wanted to turn it into a supermarket but the people of Catford and surrounding areas protested and the Council listened and denied planning permission.

The Tav (our nickname for it) went on to win a Pub of the Year Award earlier this year and for a moment things seemed to be looking up. Luckily for pub goers in Catford, Antic isn’t easily thwarted. They have secured the lease on the old Catford Conservative Club (on the Broadway) and from recent tweets the new pub will be called the Catford Constitutional Club and may be open before Christmas.

 

Mmm. My friends and I will have to come up with a nickname for the new club.

Catford Conservative club
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Apparently the club buildings are the oldest in Catford. I found this interesting piece about the site on the South East London Campaign for Real Ale’s flickr site along with the picture.

The building consists of three parts, an old farmhouse from 1736, a Georgian addition to its side, and a more modern wing to its rear which latterly housed the club bar. Looking at the outside it seems unlikely that Antic will repair the farmhouse which is the largest part and clearly derelict.

Surprising what old stuff you can find when you dig around in Catford.

 

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clogsilk
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It’s not goodbye to the Tav though, it will be run as a pub by the company that bought it. So we might even have two decent pubs in Catford!

Matt Lowry (@matthewlowry)
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Very interesting, thanks. Really looking forward to seeing what Antic do here. It sounds very promising. I love the CBT and will miss it but it’s worth noting that the new owners of the premises are Camden Bars who run several great pubs in north and east London so Catford will hopefully end up with an overall gain!

Jessie
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Jessie

Where is the Catford conservative club?
Which street?

Thanks.

Pvp
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Pvp

Good to see the constitutional coming along nicely. Had a look through the window of the cbt this morning, it’s been gutted! Anyone know if this part of the handover? I remember Camden pub co saying they need to see what antic leave them with…. Now we know! Hopefully they both see the benefit in having TWO places to go out, will be supporting both.

Unfortunately there is a grace period where no where to out for a week or so! Flashback to 2011….

Mairéad
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Mairéad

Camden Pubs is owned by Tesco….is anyone else surprised and depressed by the metal shutters on the CBT? What’s going on with the building?

Rich
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Rich

Surely the site has more value as a retail outlet selling convenience food for tired commuters, hence Tesco’s involvement in the guise of Camden Pubs.

claire
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claire

I think following the number of objections to the planning application to turn the pub into a retail outlet, people in Catford don’t want another supermarket. There is greater value to the community that live here to have a safe welcoming evening venue than somewhere additional to pick up a pint of milk for those on their way out of the area.