A new pub featuring a micro brewery on site is set to officially open this Wednesday at the Blackheath standard.
Plans were first submitted in early 2021 for the venture. Common Rioters have been selling their beers at Charlton House alongside markets in the recent past.
It wasn’t an easy journey. At a licensing hearing, plans for cycle parking were not allowed and one former Greenwich councillor even voted against permitting a license as people may park nearby on yellow lines.
On odd view, as by that rationale any town centre business should not be allowed. The thought of instead improving parking enforcement against people who park badly didn’t arise.
One other issue raised at council meetings was the location of another pub directly opposite. The Royal Standard – which I’ve been to many a time – is quite a different venture than a microbrewery, and what’s wrong with a town centre having choice anyway?
Fortunately the business did gain its license – sans cycle parking and outdoor seating – with work since undertaken to fit out the building.
The venture is an exemplary example of how to re-use bank buildings as many leave the high street leaving impressive buildings in their wake.
Doors open on Wednesday at 4pm.