Friday, 29 December 2006

Pub design

By the by, whoever has redesigned The Woodman has shown that they understand aesthetics. No, nothing to do with East London in 2012.

The exterior of The Woodman looks great. Care and attention to signage, use of colour and type.

On the other hand, The Ship formerly known as The Ship, has failed miserably. The gold 3D lettering does not work at all. Look at the typeface. Look how cramped it looks on the elevation. If you want to take the traditional route, then at least use a serif typeface.

Hi De Hi

Ho De Ho

Hope you all had a jolly Christmas. If you had a miserable one, just think of those immortal words:-

'It's all for the best in this best of all possible worlds.'

And so it is.

I don't really want Plumsteadshire to be focused on pubs in Plumstead, but as this has been the local news hot potato, here's my latest contribution.

I walked over to The Woodman today and took a look through the olde worlde pubbe windows. Looks good. It's got that contemporary look which doesn't say 'old man's pub'. It's got a certain Bromley-post-modern-soft-and-fast-seating-area feel about it. I don't know what The Woodman was like in the past but as long as it's a genteel non-offensive place with good beer and food, I'll be there.

Here's a picture of it taken on a typically tropical Plumstead day.

Tuesday, 12 December 2006

Squat's up doc?

Lovely listener.

What's up with that tatty looking house a third of the way down Griffin Road? If you know Griffin Road then you definitely know the house to which I refer. It looks like one of those houses featured on the hit BBC show, Life of Grime.

Is it occupied? Is it a squat? Is it infested with rats, coachroaches? Or art students?

Only you, lovely listener, can hold the proverbial key to the battened up door.

Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope.......

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.

Friday, 1 December 2006

Prince Albert

Looked at their website this evening.


Tesco Slade

There is no way on God's earth that Tesco would be interested in a tiny shop like Lawrence's. If the big T were interested, they'd want the whole parade of shops. Look at a small Tesco Metro and see how fruit & veg alone would swamp the Lawrence's DVD collection.

Sorry, but that must've been the local rumour mill going into overdrive.

Bust dat door down

Passing the Busta Ship this morning, I saw THE most hideous door they had installed.

It is such a carbuncle that I can only imagine that it is either a temporary measure or Mr Patel designs whilst holding a white stick. This is a Conservation Area for God's sake. Show some thought for aesthetics.