Tag Archives: New Cross
The New Cross Inn is up for sale. Christie + Co have been instructed to obtain bids for the pub / live music venue on New Cross Road with a price tag of £1,200,000!
The press release says “The investment is split into two distinct businesses and has recently undergone an overhaul with capital expenditure of £80,000. There is a ground floor and basement, a live music bar with a 10-year free-of-tie lease and a current rental income of £36,000. The upper floors are presently operated as a hostel with 80 beds, a 10-year lease and a rental income of £60,000.”
I can only hope whoever ends up buying it keeps it running as a pub and venue, and it doesn’t fall in to the hands of Tesco’s.
If anyone is interested I’ll be willing to chip a bit for it – I can only afford about £20 though, its getting pretty close to Christmas.
So we haven’t posted anything recently both myself and Auld Uncle Crawler have been very busy with work, Uni, Fifa, girls etc. but we have managed to keep the listings page as up to date as possible which is nice.
Its getting darker earlier, too cold to get out of bed in the mornings and someone on my road constantly has their wood burner on to make it feel like I’m walking through a campsite every evening. This can only mean one thing, winter is coming. I like winter, apart from summer holidays all of the best things happen in winter: Christmas, New Years, the majority of the football season, Bonfire Night, pub roasts by a fire, the majority of the football season and this year we have the end of the world to look forward to so bonus for us!
It all kicks off, this weekend with Halloween, I’m not a big fan of the holiday itself (is it a holiday?) I am a fan of the dressing up part though. Personally I’ll just throw on a jump suit with some aviators and say I’m Top Gun to anyone who asks; but It’s the girls that do it for me, Halloween brings out the vamp in them and its fucking great! So here’s a little of what’s going on, on your doorstep this weekend.
On Friday there’s the Toejam Halloween Trick or Treat with live music from Wild Flowers, Battle of You, Howling Circus and others. Best fancy dress wins as well as £3 Jäger bombs, £1 sidekicks and 20% off all drinks before 8pm. Bargain. As well as Toejam the guys at the Amersham will be throwing their normal Whip It shindig (no doubt Halloween themed)
Saturday at the New Cross Inn is for the punks, a benefit gig for repairs and restoration of the ScumFest PA system to be used for future DIY events. Facebook page here
I suggest looking out for the Venue lot that descend this weekend, it should be an interesting sight. If you are intrigued by going into the place, this weekend and next would be the best time to go, you won’t feel that out of place if you are in enough fancy dress and you’ll still get that ‘Venue’ experience. If you just want to observe the Marquis is the best place for it.
If it’s your bag, there’s a couple of exciting spoken word events at The Albany this weekend. Tonight there’s Chill Pill, a regular poetry night, featuring Soweto Kinch. You can buy tickets here: http://www.thealbany.org.uk/tickets/845/Spoken-Word/Chill-Pill
Whilst tomorrow and Saturday there’s ‘Brand New Ancients’, a new show by Kate Tempest about ‘everyday Gods’. If you’ve never seen Kate perform before I wholeheartedly recommend you go see her. She is a seriously impressive performer; she dominates a stage. You can find out more and buy tickets here: http://www.thealbany.org.uk/event_detail/834/Spoken-Word/Brand-New-Ancients-
Also this Friday are various freshers nights, including at the New Cross Inn, with free entry for students/£3 otherwise; and at the Bussey Building, with secret headliner, free before 11.30/£3 after with student card/£5 otherwise
Finally today, the East London Line extension to Clapham Junction from Surrey Quays has been confirmed to open on December 9th. Trains will go via Peckham Rye, Denmark Hill and Clapham High Street. There’s a bit more in bland PR form on the TfL website: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/15401.aspx
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.
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.
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.
So on our way to Deptford for a drink, a friend of mine popped into the Waldron Health Centre at the end of last month to pick up some condoms “extra-large” he tells me (I don’t believe him) “you always have to get an extra size up with NHS johnnys” he continues as he strolls, hood up, into the Centre. Auld Uncle Crawler and I wait in the ‘car park’ discussing what the council should do with the cracked tarmac space outside the practice, we come to the conclusion that one of those mini-Tesco will probably be built taking more money away from local shop owners, I’m confident a permanent late night bouncy castle is a much more sustainable business opportunity. After a bit of people watching ‘Mr Big’ bounces out of the building towards us smiling like he’s just managed to blag 10 quids worth of pick ‘n’ mix from Woolworths. We giggle like school boys at the 12 multi-coloured packs for a while, realise what we are doing and quickly depart for our booze crawl around Deptford.
Two weeks later our good friend ‘extra-large’ returns to the Waldron for some more “I have to top up for freshers week innit!” but on this occasion leaves empty handed. Apparently you can only get 12 free condoms a month from the NHS!? What in the actual fuck? So you can only practice safe sex 3 times a week, the other 4 days you’re cool to do as you please?
If you are single, sex 3 times a week means you are doing something right but 12 condoms isn’t really a lot is it? What about the odd posh one, or the nights where you decide to put one on your head and see how much you can blow it up.
If, for whatever reason, you do need more my advice is to ask your lady friends, girls can get a fuck load just for picking up the pill. If you don’t have any female companions and you’re one of those people that likes to keep thousands of them bulging out of that ‘special’ drawer next to your bed like some sort of weird sexual stamp collector then brag to all your friends about how much action you could get with them all, you can try the other clinics in the area. Links below:
Best remembered for their successful 1982 single “Pass the Dutchie”, which became a number 1 hit across the world, Grammy Award nominees Musical Youth will host an intimate but no doubt packed show at the New Cross Inn this Saturday 8th of September. We are very excited for this one, especially after missing them at London Pleasure Gardens a few months back.
Support from the awesome ChainSka Brassika as well as One Jah plus 20% off drinks until 8pm means this will be a very special night. Facebook event here
Tickets are £10 in advance an can be purchased here otherwise its £15 on the door. Its worth getting them in advance just to save disappointment plus you could go halves on a 10 bit for the show with your savings*
It’s Tuesday which means it’s Open Mic Night tonight at the New Cross Inn.
Last week was a very busy one so get down there for 7pm to make sure you get on the list to play. Entry is absolutely FREE as always.