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Pub Spotlight No. 4

New Cross House

316 NEW CROSS ROAD, NEW CROSS,

LONDON, SE14 6AF

The New Cross House is just very nice to sit and have a drink in. It is expensive, but the drink range is excellent and so is the quality of the food. I was sceptical when the old Goldsmiths Tavern was taken over and renovated, fearing the grim, prim spectre of gentrification; and whilst it’s right for the community-minded to be wary, I’m a fair sort, and this pub does have many good qualities, whilst being largely free from pram-wielding horrors. The people behind the New Cross House have turned it into a something really … nice. I’m going to be using the word ‘nice’ a lot in this review, much like the jazz club bloke from The Fast Show. It’s just the word that springs to mind most readily as I write about this place.

Since the take-over, the most obvious change is in décor, with dank cavern replaced by bright surroundings that make excellent use of the large space available, with the pub split between long rows of booths, and a more traditional dining area. The big windows at the front make the place especially bright during the daytime. Combined with the colourful mock-tiling and other ornate trappings, the place looks like the conservatory from some Edwardian Hotel-set crime drama. A place where Poirot has gathered all the suspects at the end in order to reveal the culprit; but, you know, crossed with a pub. The beer garden is also nice; it’s like someone’s big patio, but with a ping-pong table, and an ersatz rustic barn attached at the back.

In the evening the place gets a lot busier, with lots of people coming for dinner, especially for the pizzas, which you can see being cooked in a proper big pizza oven. They come in a variety of imaginative toppings and are available by the slice or whole. There is also a menu’s worth of very good pub grub.

The drinks are where the New Cross House really excels, though; they have arguably the best selection of quality booze in the immediate area- it’s probably a toss-up with the Albert and the Dog & Bell. The choices on tap include Erdinger and Vedett; along with some of the craft beers from Greenwich’s Meantime Brewery: the London Lager, and the fucking gorgeous London Pale Ale, keep it local, and drink it. Bottled beers include Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn Lager, Duvel and Modelo; there is also an excellent selection of wine, and a particularly good choice of whiskies.

Despite being quite pricey, you do get what you pay for. The New Cross House really does have excellent food and drink, and the atmosphere is lively in the evening all week. Considering pubs of this ilk, the place manages to avoid the very worst trappings, whilst offering greater choice to the punter. It’s done-up more than the other pubs in the area, it’s more expensive; it isn’t a terrible departure from the norm, but I would start to worry if more pubs like this popped-up. It would be churlish to say the New Cross House doesn’t offer something very enjoyable, though. It’s all just very nice.

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Sound System Social Club

Afternoon,

Aside from all the freshers fun and games, tomorrow at The Albany Theatre is a night celebrating three generations of UK reggae sound systems . Including one of the UK’s oldest and bestest: King Tubby’s Hi-Fi.

Host for the evening is the one and only, the legendary Mr. Don Letts. This is going to be a serious night. You can buy tickets here


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Freshers Week part 1

Freshers’ Week has finally arrived and we will are here to bring you the ultimate guide to what’s going on. Each day we will let you know where the parties are in and around New Cross so you don’t miss a thing.

Saturday September 22nd

Most freshers will be arriving throughout the day unloading their boxes into the halls lining the big bad streets around New Cross. No doubt most of you will be wanting to start partying as soon as your parents have departed back down the A2 and your SU along with the various pubs around New Cross have some great things lined up. Goldsmiths SU bar The Stretch will be open throughout the week from 12pm with Wii and Xbox games on the big screens along with giant versions of classic board games for you to settle in and meet your fellow freshers.

At 7pm The Stretch are putting on an Inter Halls Championships, like the Masters but with less golf. I can only imagine lots of drinking games to get you in the party mood. Also at 7pm The Cinema will be showing Howls Moving Castle (great film) for those that want a booze free, chilled out evening.

New-X-ing have a stage outside the Library which you should check out. Some live music and a little speech from the Mayor of Lewisham.

Fresh Prints are returning to The Amersham Arms down by New Cross station for a night of Hip Hop / Indie / 90s / Disco / Pop. You will be spending a lot of your time in this place and this is the perfect night to check it out.

If Punk music is more your thing the New Cross Inn have teamed up with Polite Riot from Glasgow to bring you Fire Exit & guests. Advance tickets are £5 in advance or £7.50 on the door.

There is talk of a few hall’s parties but I imagine they will be shut down pretty quickly. My advice is to get out of your halls and have a wander, you will definitely find something fun to do. We’ll be out and about watching the whole boozy mess unfold, come and say hello!

One other thing to mention, Millwall FC have a home game against Brighton, KO at 3pm, its expected to be quite a busy one with Brighton selling nearly 3000 tickets! New Cross can get pretty rowdy before and especially after the match, The Marquis and Hob can get pretty busy, but don’t let this put you off going out. If you are already moved in and stuck for something to do during the day, why not get down to The Den to see what it’s all about. They are your local team now after all.

Check back tomorrow for part 2.

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The Word is Round

Afternoon,

The Hill Station Cafe on Telegraph Hill is launching a new spoken word tonight. The night is a roundtable event, rather than stand-up performances on a stage. People are encouraged to bring along some of their own writing or, if they prefer, some poems or short stories that they happen to rather like, though you don’t have to read if you don’t want. The night is aimed towards being a relaxed exchange of creative writing.

The Hill Station Cafe is on Kitto Road at the very top of Telegraph Hill, and readings start around 8pm.

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Something For The Weekend

Afternoon,

If you’re looking for something round these here parts on Saturday night, then South are launching their new night at the Peckham Palais at the top of Rye Lane. There are still tickets available, and there will also be a limited amount on the door. You can buy here: http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?365749

Also on Saturday, Vanishing Point are hosting one of their immersive cinema screenings at Utrophia on Deptford High Street, which has been kitted out as a space freighter for the night. Showing is the cult 1972 SF movie ‘Silent Running’.  You can find out more on their website: http://www.thevanishingpoint.org.uk/?dm_i=18ZO,YGNV,6CBD9N,2VP1R,1

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Pub Spotlight No. 3:

New Cross Inn

323 New Cross Road, London, SE14 6AS

020 8355 4976

Open: Mon – Sat: Noon – 2am
Sun: Noon – 12:30AM.

20% off drinks Noon – 8PM.

In ever-changing publand, the New Cross Inn consistently puts on great live acts for your enjoyment. The venue hosts an eclectic range of events, from comedy open mics to punk nights to bass. There are a huge variety of different bands and performers on at the Inn, and the pub will always support local acts. They also put on some big names every now and then. Bad Manners brought the fucking house down when they performed here a couple of years ago; and Howard Marks did a great show a while back. The compact space makes for a brilliant atmosphere when a band really gets going. The Guardian even voted the pub in its Top 10 London Music Venues.

The compact interior was made less sardine-tinny last year when the place was refurbished; shifting the bar from invasive horseshoe to ‘bit in the corner’. The old bar took up around half the floor space in an already small venue, and extended out to within about two foot of the stage, splitting the pub in the half. The only way to move from one part to the other was to squeeze through this narrow passage, always chock-full of the fattest, sweatiest, most lecherous oafs in the building. Now, thankfully, with the more space-efficient layout, you no longer need to be a feline contortionist to avoid brushing up against icky jowls and waistline overspill. Hurray!

Drink prices are etched in chalk high-up on the wall by the bar: something I wish more places would do. They have a good selection of lagers and spirits, and also some nice ales and ciders on the pumps, including Weston’s Old Rosie: a drink with the power to end worlds. It’s moreish, lethal loveliness in a glass.

As I said at the start, the New Cross Inn will always provide good bands and good nights, so go and enjoy.

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Pub Spotlight No. 2:

The Hobgoblin

272 New Cross Road, New Cross, London SE14 6AA

08713 322264

Mon-Sat: 11am-11pm
Sun: 12noon-10.30pm

The Hobgoblin is just kind of there. It’s not great, but you end up going there a lot. Inside, it’s like the hull of a miserable ship; one that smells of stale beer, and has sofas, and really uncomfortable wooden church pews instead of hammocks. There’s a lot of wood panelling, and with the bright lights the whole place is bathed in an oppressive amber hue.

Aside from the decor, my main problem with The Hobgoblin is that the staff tend to be quite rude. All the time. They must be indoctrinated in it by the main men: three rugger buggers who appear to run the place. I don’t know if they’re related, but they all look vaguely similar; they’re like cauliflowered trolls, with beer bellies flopping out of British Lions rugby jerseys. Their heads are distended and warped into the shapes of various root vegetables, and they all have a rather blunt and passive-aggressive demeanour. And they love rugby, which is enough to turn you off anyone.

Though eggchasing is the primary pastime (they really love it, far too much), the place is pretty good for watching football. You usually get a decent-sized crowd watching games and there is a big screen in the conservatory.

The place gets extremely busy on Wednesday nights during term time, for Ladies Night, when said gender is entitled to various drink offers. There are lots of cheap spirits flung back, as the place acts as departure lounge for the Flight into Hell that is Club Sandwich at Goldsmiths Student Union. If you do plan on going Sandwich, it’s definitely worth flinging as many down your neck as you can, and if you’re not, well, the pub is nice and lively until closing every Wednesday anyway. So enjoy.

There’s a middling selection of draught beers, the usual lagers plus Heineken; and Doom Bar, London Pride, and, um, Hobgoblin. A pint of Guinness is £3.70 and normally pretty good. And they often have bottles of Green Goblin cider, which is fucking great. The Thai food is also excellent and reasonably priced.

To be honest, if you’re from somewhere horrible like Stoke or Hull, you’ll probably love this place. If not, well, it’s kinda just OK. It’s convenient; and a good atmosphere can build when it gets busy, particularly the beer garden in the summer, or on a Wednesday night. When it is packed out, you can ignore the rude staff and shit interior, but otherwise they bring it down if you’re just after a quiet pint.

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