Mottingham mystery of Porcupine pub closure

News Shopper: Frustrated drinkers at the Porcupine Frustrated drinkers at the Porcupine

ANGRY pub-goers are protesting against the unexplained closure of a Mottingham pub which is more than a century old.

The Porcupine, in Mottingham Road, is rumoured to be replaced by consumer giant Tesco following its closure last week.

But, despite speculation, no planning application has been filed for the site and owners Enterprise have been unable to comment on the length of its closure. Meanwhile, the pub building has been put up for sale.

John Parkes, of Castleton Road, said: "I think it’s a bit of a disgrace really. It’s our local, I’m 70 and it’s always been here.

"It’s a joke, it’s the only pub around here, a good village pub. A lot of people go in there, so there’s no real need for this to happen."

David Bigley, of Mottingham Road, said: "It’s a great pub, in the summer the garden is full of families with children. We’re not very happy about what’s happening.

"It’s gone downhill rapidly, now we’ve heard they’re going to board it up. We don’t want that, we want our pub back."

The public house has swapped hands many times, though residents said they did not always feel managers were best suited to the job.

My Bigley, aged 56 and a Mottingham resident since 1980, added: "It has had nothing but scum managers running it down, who have made it into a pigsty.

"It’s always been put in the wrong hands, instead we want decent managers in there to tidy up. The potential has always been there for it to be the great pub it is.

"The landlord and staff were booted out two week ago, we haven’t seen them at the pub since. Days later the place was a full house of old faces for St Patrick’s Day."

Ronny Lee, of Bilsby Grove, said: "My family’s been going there since 1933, it’s a damn shame it’s closing. Where do we go from here?"

"I’ve grown up here, it’s been my local pub for the last 60 years. We want to stop it from happening after all these years."

Residents fear a Tesco Express will be the future occupants of the site, however a spokesman for Tesco said no deal had been made and nothing had been signed.

69 year-old Mick O’Hara, of Alnwick Road, said: "What can we do? Not a lot. We want it to stay open over Easter, it’s part of the community."

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1:21pm Mon 25 Mar 13

the wall says...

a good village pub......PMSL. No really it is not. It's a dive.
a good village pub......PMSL. No really it is not. It's a dive. the wall

2:17pm Mon 25 Mar 13

mcreedy says...

What a shame. Last summer we started to use this establishment regularly as the kids loved going there on summer days, where there would often be a bouncy castle and lots of other kids to play with. There are very few pubs around now where kids are made to feel welcome and offer a beer garden big enough for them to play in without it feeling like a place just for smokers to use.
It is local and it does have plenty to offer. I must say this is terrible. I reckon this cd be a little gold mine if run by an experienced landlord.
What a shame. Last summer we started to use this establishment regularly as the kids loved going there on summer days, where there would often be a bouncy castle and lots of other kids to play with. There are very few pubs around now where kids are made to feel welcome and offer a beer garden big enough for them to play in without it feeling like a place just for smokers to use. It is local and it does have plenty to offer. I must say this is terrible. I reckon this cd be a little gold mine if run by an experienced landlord. mcreedy

10:24am Tue 26 Mar 13

Gypo.Joe says...

The locals look like a motley crew. A few soap dodgers there.
From the age of the punters it look like the local pop in parlour.
The locals look like a motley crew. A few soap dodgers there. From the age of the punters it look like the local pop in parlour. Gypo.Joe

12:09pm Thu 18 Apr 13

David Fulcher says...

You need to understand that this is owned by Enterprise Inns, the pub company neither brew beers nor run pubs. Reuters reported they need to sell pubs just to service their debt. Sorry
You need to understand that this is owned by Enterprise Inns, the pub company neither brew beers nor run pubs. Reuters reported they need to sell pubs just to service their debt. Sorry David Fulcher

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