Saturday, 1 December 2012

Run aground

The Winter 2012-13 edition of Wetherspoon News has a full-page feature on the Ship of Fools in Croydon entitled “Pub provides a positive force for community good”. The article explains how the manager of the pub has worked hard to improve community relations following the 2011 riots in the town. The pub even managed to win the Pub of the Year award in Croydon Council’s “Best Bar None” scheme. What an uplifting good news story about the pub trade, you might think.

But, despite all this, it appears that Tim is selling the pub off for conversion to a Sainsbury’s Local. Oh the irony! And this is not some “beached whale” suburban roadhouse, but a pub in the centre of a supposedly busy and thriving town.

11 comments:

  1. Croydon is a dump.

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  2. A Sainsbury you say? Croyden is looking up. All they need now is a Waitrose, so fingers crossed for another pub site eh?

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  3. Must be the money talking. Principles have a habit of going out the window when there's large amounts of cash involved.

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  4. Erasmus Nut-Sedge1 December 2012 at 18:16

    Tim runs a business.
    If he makes more money flogging the boozer than keeping it then why not ?
    That's why he's a multi-millionaire and the rest of us are still cleaning our teeth with out own shit.

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  5. I can afford toothpaste, but I don't piss all my money away in pubs.

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  6. croydon has 4 wetherspoons so it makes sense to me.the nearest one to the ship of fool is only 200 yards.the wetherspoon chain has been closing pubs for years in london.stops the competition from buying it as well if it becomes a supermarket.wait a minute isnt Tim always whinging about the unfair advantage the supermarkets have.cheers john

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  7. Totally agreed, John, but it's laughable when

    (1) said pub features in Spoons News the week its closure is announced, and

    (2) as you say, Timbo is always whining about the supermarkets

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  8. Yes, I spotted this story as well. It obviously slipped through the Spoons irony police:)

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  9. Spoons have always churned their estate, especially in London. Arguably one of the reasons for their success is not being sentimental about sites that aren't doing the business.

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  10. And the elephant still lurks in the corner of the room, ignored by all but a few.

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  11. Oh the elephant we are ignoring due to the cancerous and foul fog that surrounds it?

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