Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Worcester Park Tavern Closure Threat



The future of the Worcester Park Tavern public house has been thrown into doubt after its owners put the building up for sale.

Despite refurbishing the pub a decade ago its owners, the Spirit Pub Company, have struggled to make the Worcester Park Tavern financially viable.

Local resident June Fraser, who fears that the building could be demolished to make way for flats, told the Worcester Park blog:

"It is a local community pub used by many elderly and lonely people as a meeting point. It is also a local landmark which used to be a beautiful building until Spirit let is get into such a state."

She has launched a Facebook campaign to save the pub at  facebook.com/savetheworcesterparktavern 








20 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

banalatron said...

just another shit pub full of local chavs and builders. why is everyone so resistant to modernisation, gentrification and change in this suburb? look at what has happened to kingston, wimbledon etc - we are being left behind in a trail of mediocrity. all i have ever seen there is drunk smoking mums with their pushchairs

Nichu said...

This is sad, but unsurprising. I have never been in - it looks oppressive, not at all inviting, I'd rather just go home. And meals sold for £2.99 can't be good quality. I hope it gets bought by a company who will restore it and run a good local boozer with good ales on tap and reasonable pub food.

Jdjd said...

According to the Surrey Comet the owners spent £1m on the refit in 2002. Seems like an awful lot of money to pour into a pub that looks in the state it's in now. I would hate to see this pub go. I would much prefer if Tesco got the Poundland store and Weatherspoons got the pub. I've been up to New Malden to The Watchman pub that Weatherspoons recently opened and it's a very good effort from them.

Richard said...

I've been in there a few times and despite it being very quiet, the bar staff seem particularly uninterested in serving customers. Takes ages to get served and mannerless staff.

Adamf said...

This could be an absolutely great pub if someone invested in it such as Fullers, Youngs etc. The pub could easily be as nice if not nicer than the HG Wells if some thought was put into it. Excellent food and interesting beers and inviting decor would completely transform the pub. Less chavs and better staff would mean i would go much more often. The HG wells is great but a bit too far to walk for a quick drink on the way home from work.

Su said...

I used it regularly after the refurb. Thought it was going to be a real asset to WP but unfortunately just went on a very quick downhill slide. Would prefer it turned into flats rather than the hell hole it's turned into.

Scott said...

If the Midas Touch can be transformed and be made in to (I think) a profitable pub, I can't see why the Worcester is any different. The potential is there. As Adamf said, look at the HG Wells. This pub has been turned into a gastro pub and is doing well. Make the place presentable and serve good and the customers will come. It's the only pub in WP with an actual pub garden that gets used.

I have not used this pub as a regular drinking hole for about 5 years, one reason being the decline like many others. Now, I just use for a last order after coming back from London from a day/night out.

No to flats.

Amy Georgina said...

I do hope that it gets bought and remains as a pub and please dear god, not more flats to put a strain on Worcester Park's already dire infrastructure!

I think the last time I went in was for Rocky's Quiz last year (it said a lot when he moved to the Midas Touch and we don't blame him!)  Going to the toilet was akin to using an outhouse and the service was shocking.  Haven't eaten there in a few years - I learnt my lesson on that one long ago!  The punters hanging around outside recently have definitely put us off venturing inside.  Such a shame as it's a huge pub with so much potential.  For the time-being, we'll be sticking to HG Wells.

Annie said...

We (a group of friends) used to eat there quite a lot at one time. Then things started to go downhill and you could never be sure whether they were serving food or not - particularly on a Saturday night. So we stopped going. We would definitely go back if it was taken over and run properly.

Cave said...

The amount of drug use in here has put me off going completely.
Nothing wrong with some classy apartments, may buy one myself.

Morethanacraploft said...

Rumor has it that the North End is to close too, its being kept quiet though as they want to keep customers coming until the day they shut.  sold for flats to be developed I understand.

Mr Pfister said...

BRING BACK CAGNEYS

lulu said...

And now the flower shop by the station has shut too. Leaves that parade of shops (and the whole station area) looking pretty soul less.

togg said...

wow, the North End pub as well? I suppose that makes the HG Wells worcester parks local?

togg said...

Went in there the other day and it was truly awful. It stank of old beer and stale fart!! The barmaid was so unfriendly and couldn't give a toss really. I suppose with a for sale sign up outside I can't really blame her. It was so despressing inside, not many there, but the ones that were had obviously just come off the building site. It could be great...its got so much space, great parking and near the station. However, it will probably be bought and turned into flats.

Clairey said...

Hopefully Weatherspoon's will buy it. Better than being left empty or turned into flats.

Guinness said...

Okay. The refurb 10 years ago might of been good, but look at the place now! Outside it's a disgrace, inside is worn. The facilities if you dare go in are in some cases none existent!

What a shame. Such a large public house with ample opportunity to be properly looked after and be used for more than just a boozer has gone to waste.

Zone 4, by station, near A3, ample car parking...blimely they could make loads out of b&b during the week plus have an improved food & beverage area downstairs for upstairs and the locals.

Frustrating.. but if it's not going to be done properly, Worcester Park would be served better by another business or attracting more ppl to the area in terms of residential than let this place fester any longer.

Sorry.. had some good nights in there, but time to call time.

p.s. can't fault the staff, that's the only reason there is any trade at all!

togg said...

wow, the North End pub as well? I suppose that makes the HG Wells worcester parks local?

aninformedperson said...

There is a strong possibility that this old pub is about to become a temple. The current owners have not yet submitted plans to the council for approval because they are concerned about the local reaction so I believe that they are calling the proposed development a 'Community Centre'. - You read it 1st here........

WorcesterO said...

Why doesn't The Harvester take it over! It's always busy and they need the extra space.

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