Thursday, March 28, 2013

Montague Arms to reopen?

The much loved Montague Arms on the New Cross/Peckham border in Queens Road closed last year (see appreciation here).

Now comes news that in some form it may be reopening. A notice displayed on the pub states that Appleglass Limited have applied  to Lewisham Council for a premises licence 'to use the premises to be known as Montague Arms... for recorded music and the retail sale of alcohol'.

I haven't found anything out about Appleglass and it's unclear at this stage exactly what they've got planned. It won't be the old Monty and nor should it be really - its previous decor and atmosphere was very much associated with the people who ran it for a generation, including of course the late Stan and Bet. It does look likely though that the premises will continue as some kind of convivial social space rather than being converted to flats like so many other former pubs locally.

3 comments:

Howard Lane said...

"LT Law" is a law firm headed by Australian solicitor Lana Tricker (I kid you not). They specialising in getting licenses for clubs and bars, probably against considerable local residents' opposition. Not that I would oppose the reopening of the Monty, although it may not be for live music.

But they shouldn't be representing a "limited company" that isn't listed at Companies House! very odd...

Matt Soper said...

Excellent news. I'd assumed it would go the way of so many other London pubs and be turned into flats after closing but it's great to hear that the new owner plans to keep it going, though I'm sure it will be very different to the Montague Arms I've heard so much about.

Anonymous said...

Appleglass Limited was incorporated as an Isle of Man company on 30 November 2012. See http://portal.gov.im/pvi/CompanyDetails.aspx?company=009056V