Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Another SE7 watering hole to close?

Hot on the heels of news that the lease on the Royal Oak won't be renewed by the current Leaseholder, I was told this morning that the Conservative Association will shortly be putting their not-very Conservate Club in Charlton Church Lane up for sale.

Given restrictions on business use and an asking fee of £750,000, it looks inevitable that it will close as a drinking club and it's hard to see who would be interested in acquiring it, especially given the significant maintenance requirements, let alone remodernisation costs.

It's another nail in Matchday drinking although there are precious few who will miss it other than when Charlton are at home. I have never been a fan of clubs and the "Cons" has few redeeming factors, although I have always had a soft spot for hosts Tommy and Max. It might give the Liberal a much-needed shot in the arm but it could join a long list of disappearing Addick boozers including The Royal Oak (The Watermans Arms, The Thames Barrier, The Victoria, The Valley and The Horse & Groom).

3 comments:

ThamesmeadIrons said...

that`s a lot of pubs/clubs to close in a small area.the valley, stones etc.even i`m gutted about the decline of the oak. used to enjoy going in there with you. we`ve lost some around the Boleyn Ground and when we move i can see most of them that are left closing. outside of the football the"locals" don`t have a drinking culture.

ChicagoAddick said...

Big shame that, but I was always amazed that the Con and Lib clubs survived anyway.

Good to see the RoD and revitalized White Swan and Bugle doing better though.

Dave said...

CA - fair point, quality over quantity....