Thursday, 7 December 2006

Busta's Open

Boy oh boy. It's been such a long time that I almost forgot how to write a blog.

Well, I just walked past The Ship formerly known as The Ship. There is some kind of shin-dig going on in there. I guess it must be the topping-off ceremony (as we in the trade call it). It looked a pretty sober affair and the only gold chains were worn around ladies necks. [I made that last bit up to keep the Busta Rhymes unsavouriness alive - ed.]

The interior fit-out looks like it amounted to seven hundred tins of magnolia emulsion. At the moment, it's a nice fresh look. Some would call it soul-less, but early days. At least it's pointing in the right direction. It looks friendly and likeable. We'll see how the interior design develops as Mr Patel eases into the character of his venture.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes. It also looks smart on the outside. Windows look like they are in good order and there is traditionlly looking gold lettering reading "THE SHIP" on the front. So looks like we've got ourselves a shiny new pub called The Ship.

The Headless 291 Driver said...

No fair, I mentioned it first! Does look good on the inside though although a bit sparse obviously. Once opened if people like ourselves frequent it early on and make it seem like a quality place then hopefully that might encourage busta that we're a good clientele to aim at but it may also discourage less, how shall we say, "decent" people trying to make it there new drinking hole.

Anonymous said...

i completely agree headless 291! let's all go to the ship and be the 'decent' people to make it the kind of place we'd like to have.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only person to notice that these blue signs he puts up (to do with planning I presume) are always behind a big pile of rubble?

This morning I went to have a look at it, and, now that the rubble's gone, so, mysteriously, has the blue sign.

I know he's got to display the signs but does it count if it's not accessible?

Dimps said...

The deadline about the license was yesterday, so I suppose that's why the notice has come down.

Don't forget The Star, people. It would be a shame if Brian lost custom because we encouraged them to cross the road.

waverleygirl said...

does anyone know when the hearing is???

The Plumster said...

I haven't looked at the place for a few days. Please tell me they've taken the rusty lamp-post off the roof?

Dimps said...

They seem to be working flat out to get it ready for something... A Christmas party perhaps? Are we all invited?

plumstead common resident said...

pledge to improve plumstead common:
http://www.pledgebank.com/plumsteadcafe

Anonymous said...

I was walking around the corner of Wernbrook this morning, and passed two tenants coming out of the flats attached to the ship. I peered in the Ship window with them and shared comments about the refurbishment. Then, they told me the place is due to open next! I asked how they knew this? They said their landlord (mr busta ship) told them. I ask how it was it was opening without the license being approved yet? They said that thought it was approved already?! Anyone know what's going on there? when is the hearing? How can they open the place without an approved license?!

Anonymous said...

also, forgot to say. rusty lamp post (or ship mast??) appears to still be on the roof. but new traditional-style windows are now in (where bricks were prevously inserted and mysteriously painted black, then removed). also the 'handy andy' door has white primer on it now and the inside is set up with full pub bar set up, etc

Anonymous said...

I passed the woodman today and noticed it has a blue application attached to it...anyone read it?

Do you know back in 2005 there was an application rejected from the woodman for 2 nights a week 'gentlemens night' and another 2 nights 'ladies night'. What is it with plumstead and strippers?

Anonymous said...

It would be illegal for any public house to run without a license. If you do happen to spot that 'The Ship' is opening before the license is granted, please call the police straight away on their non-emergency number 020 8855 1212 and report it. Ask for their crimereference number before ending the call as this would be needed when communicating to the council. The police would need to report this to the council anyway, but at least you are able to keep a track of things. The police has a legal obligation to come and visit the scene, ie. establishment in question. Hope this does help if they do decide to open before getting the license. Make sure you report it, because if 'The Ship' does open without a license the virtually make it impossible for themselves to ever get a license under the same licensee!

The Headless 291 Driver said...

I guess it would make good business sense to get it open before Christmas and New Year to capture the extra festive cash that flies around at this time of year. Would be a shame if they went and screwed it up by opening illegaly as it is looking pretty nice indeed, quite amazing to see anything like that in Plumstead. I would most certainly pop in for a few on the way back from work.

As an aside I can't see how on earth it could have ever have been a club, it's tiny, it's not even a big pub.

Anonymous said...

A good additional reason to oppose the dancing element of the licence application!

waverleygirl said...

I've just called the council - the party last week was a one off which they had some kind of special licence for. the hearing is not before christmas for definiate. anyone who complained in writing will be invited....

Anonymous said...

Posted this on another board on here then saw this thread which is more appropriate.

For your information…

Received a letter from the committee Co-ordinator, Tricia Covington...
another meeting at the Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich.
Meeting date is 11th January 2007 at 6.30pm

Where matters expected to be considered by the Sub- Committee is the
Bust da Rhymes Exclusive Bar and Lounge.

From the letter...
“This notification is to inform you, at an early stage, of the possibility that a matter in which you have shown an interest may be appearing on the agenda for the above meeting. I should point out that some of the issues listed may not be included for reasons beyond our control. If the finalised agenda includes the item(s) relevant to you a copy of the report will be sent to you along with an invitation to attend the meeting and address the Sub Committee should you wish to do so.

If you have not received an invitation the week before the Committee meeting please contact these offices at the number at the top of this letter. 020 8921 5133”

Dimps said...

Last time I received a letter from the licensing committee telling me that my objection letter had been accepted - but then heard nothing from the committee co-ordinators. I phoned a couple of days before the hearing - they were very apologetic, added me to the list and delivered all the documents the following morning.

So, I just want to reiterate the point in the above post - if you do not receive an invitation to the hearing during the week before the hearing, please make sure you ring the number mentioned. If you wish to speak at the meeting, you will need to let the committee co-ordinators know by the day before the hearing at the latest.

Anonymous said...

pledge to improve plumstead common:
http://www.pledgebank.com/plumsteadcafe

Wimby said...

Looking forward to it opening myself. The younger people in Plumstead need a good watering hole.

Anonymous said...

yeah cant wait 2 have some bevvies b4 my next graffit rampage.

Wimby said...

Yes all people under the age of old cants, go on graffit rampages as there is nothing to do and nowhere to go in Plumstead as all you NIMBYS make sure of that !

Wimby said...

oh yeah, happy christmas !

Bob said...

I want the ship to become a lapdance club. It would make a change from the tawdry crackwhores on the high street.

Anonymous said...

It's a shame the new owners of the ship didn't take a short trip on the no. 53 to New Cross and have a pint in the Royal Albert (formly The Paradise Bar). That is the sort of pub we need on the Common not a poor man student's union. The Ship had the potential to be turned into a good pub which served good beers and food at a reasonable rate and the owners would have made a killing. Hopefully the owners of the Ship will be force to sell and the Meantime Brewery might take it off their hands.