Downham Estate pub closed for 18 months set to reopen in time for World Cup

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A Bromley estate’s only pub that has been closed for 18 months is set to reopen in time for the World Cup.

The Downham Tavern shut down last year following police raids in which 20 people were arrested for offences involving drugs and firearm possession.

Now new manager Julia Edwards, 50, is moving in after local lads Tommy Noone, 66, and his sons bought the lease on a non-tied tenancy.

Ms Edwards said she and the team want to give something back to Downham and hopes to dispel the pub’s bad public image.

She explained: "We want people to know that it’s going to be a nice community pub, somewhere where people can come in and have a drink and some food.

"It’s going to be a totally rebranded - we want to take it forward.

"It’s going to be really nice and I can’t wait until we’re up and running. We hope to be open in time for the World Cup, but it’s dependant on a few things."

The establishment, owned by Enterprise Inns, had its licence suspendedand previous landlord removed in March 2013, with police at the time describing an unacceptable level of criminality.

But Ms Edwards stressed "big changes" were coming into force, mentioning that the newly refurbished premises will be no place for "naughtiness".

She also noted The Downham Tavern is the only pub in an estate with a population of nearly 30,000.

Having worked in the industry since 17 the new landlady has high hopes for the enterprise and added: "We’re having major work - everything’s being done.

"We’re having it painted, outdoor paving is being put in, and there’s a florist doing outdoor plants.

"It was a really rough old place. We’re going to be doing things differently - that’s what we’re trying to portray. We’re not going to accept any bad behaviour.

"There are 29,000 people on this estate and they’ve got nowhere to drink."

A 'soft opening' is planned for the Downham Tavern on Saturday June 7. Stay up to date on our website: newsshopper.co.uk

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3:13pm Fri 30 May 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Not very often that people confuse Downham with Bromley!

Most of Downham falls within Sharm rather than Brommers. The "old" Downham Tavern was at one time the biggest pub in the UK, and a rough old dump it was too, I understand that one could have one's face rearranged for blocking the locals view of the optics even in the fifties. Next door to the pub was the Bal Tabarin, an exotic name for what was basically a large Bingo Hall.

Not far from the DT stood The Northover, another charming place where one could be beaten to a pulp for looking up from the floor (at least the DT was kinda sorta justabout ok at lunchtime), and if one ventured a mile in the other direction there was The Garden Gate, now a MCD's. Bluddy awful places the lot of 'em.
Not very often that people confuse Downham with Bromley! Most of Downham falls within Sharm rather than Brommers. The "old" Downham Tavern was at one time the biggest pub in the UK, and a rough old dump it was too, I understand that one could have one's face rearranged for blocking the locals view of the optics even in the fifties. Next door to the pub was the Bal Tabarin, an exotic name for what was basically a large Bingo Hall. Not far from the DT stood The Northover, another charming place where one could be beaten to a pulp for looking up from the floor (at least the DT was kinda sorta justabout ok at lunchtime), and if one ventured a mile in the other direction there was The Garden Gate, now a MCD's. Bluddy awful places the lot of 'em. goldenbroomboy
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3:33pm Fri 30 May 14

yellobubblegum says...

The thing i find most funny about this article is how they say this is the only pub in Downham, when in actual fact you have the Baring at Grove Park which has now reopened!
The thing i find most funny about this article is how they say this is the only pub in Downham, when in actual fact you have the Baring at Grove Park which has now reopened! yellobubblegum
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4:00pm Fri 30 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

goldenbroomboy wrote:
Not very often that people confuse Downham with Bromley!

Most of Downham falls within Sharm rather than Brommers. The "old" Downham Tavern was at one time the biggest pub in the UK, and a rough old dump it was too, I understand that one could have one's face rearranged for blocking the locals view of the optics even in the fifties. Next door to the pub was the Bal Tabarin, an exotic name for what was basically a large Bingo Hall.

Not far from the DT stood The Northover, another charming place where one could be beaten to a pulp for looking up from the floor (at least the DT was kinda sorta justabout ok at lunchtime), and if one ventured a mile in the other direction there was The Garden Gate, now a MCD's. Bluddy awful places the lot of 'em.
You leave the Norf Over outa this broom boy.

You could always pull a winner in the Bal Tabarin or cruise up past the Bromley Court Hotel after last orders gentlemen please and score.
[quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: Not very often that people confuse Downham with Bromley! Most of Downham falls within Sharm rather than Brommers. The "old" Downham Tavern was at one time the biggest pub in the UK, and a rough old dump it was too, I understand that one could have one's face rearranged for blocking the locals view of the optics even in the fifties. Next door to the pub was the Bal Tabarin, an exotic name for what was basically a large Bingo Hall. Not far from the DT stood The Northover, another charming place where one could be beaten to a pulp for looking up from the floor (at least the DT was kinda sorta justabout ok at lunchtime), and if one ventured a mile in the other direction there was The Garden Gate, now a MCD's. Bluddy awful places the lot of 'em.[/p][/quote]You leave the Norf Over outa this broom boy. You could always pull a winner in the Bal Tabarin or cruise up past the Bromley Court Hotel after last orders gentlemen please and score. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 28

4:19pm Fri 30 May 14

reasonable75 says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
goldenbroomboy wrote:
Not very often that people confuse Downham with Bromley!

Most of Downham falls within Sharm rather than Brommers. The "old" Downham Tavern was at one time the biggest pub in the UK, and a rough old dump it was too, I understand that one could have one's face rearranged for blocking the locals view of the optics even in the fifties. Next door to the pub was the Bal Tabarin, an exotic name for what was basically a large Bingo Hall.

Not far from the DT stood The Northover, another charming place where one could be beaten to a pulp for looking up from the floor (at least the DT was kinda sorta justabout ok at lunchtime), and if one ventured a mile in the other direction there was The Garden Gate, now a MCD's. Bluddy awful places the lot of 'em.
You leave the Norf Over outa this broom boy.

You could always pull a winner in the Bal Tabarin or cruise up past the Bromley Court Hotel after last orders gentlemen please and score.
And there speaks the expert
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: Not very often that people confuse Downham with Bromley! Most of Downham falls within Sharm rather than Brommers. The "old" Downham Tavern was at one time the biggest pub in the UK, and a rough old dump it was too, I understand that one could have one's face rearranged for blocking the locals view of the optics even in the fifties. Next door to the pub was the Bal Tabarin, an exotic name for what was basically a large Bingo Hall. Not far from the DT stood The Northover, another charming place where one could be beaten to a pulp for looking up from the floor (at least the DT was kinda sorta justabout ok at lunchtime), and if one ventured a mile in the other direction there was The Garden Gate, now a MCD's. Bluddy awful places the lot of 'em.[/p][/quote]You leave the Norf Over outa this broom boy. You could always pull a winner in the Bal Tabarin or cruise up past the Bromley Court Hotel after last orders gentlemen please and score.[/p][/quote]And there speaks the expert reasonable75
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4:43pm Fri 30 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

reasonable75 wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
goldenbroomboy wrote:
Not very often that people confuse Downham with Bromley!

Most of Downham falls within Sharm rather than Brommers. The "old" Downham Tavern was at one time the biggest pub in the UK, and a rough old dump it was too, I understand that one could have one's face rearranged for blocking the locals view of the optics even in the fifties. Next door to the pub was the Bal Tabarin, an exotic name for what was basically a large Bingo Hall.

Not far from the DT stood The Northover, another charming place where one could be beaten to a pulp for looking up from the floor (at least the DT was kinda sorta justabout ok at lunchtime), and if one ventured a mile in the other direction there was The Garden Gate, now a MCD's. Bluddy awful places the lot of 'em.
You leave the Norf Over outa this broom boy.

You could always pull a winner in the Bal Tabarin or cruise up past the Bromley Court Hotel after last orders gentlemen please and score.
And there speaks the expert
Guilty as charged sir.
[quote][p][bold]reasonable75[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: Not very often that people confuse Downham with Bromley! Most of Downham falls within Sharm rather than Brommers. The "old" Downham Tavern was at one time the biggest pub in the UK, and a rough old dump it was too, I understand that one could have one's face rearranged for blocking the locals view of the optics even in the fifties. Next door to the pub was the Bal Tabarin, an exotic name for what was basically a large Bingo Hall. Not far from the DT stood The Northover, another charming place where one could be beaten to a pulp for looking up from the floor (at least the DT was kinda sorta justabout ok at lunchtime), and if one ventured a mile in the other direction there was The Garden Gate, now a MCD's. Bluddy awful places the lot of 'em.[/p][/quote]You leave the Norf Over outa this broom boy. You could always pull a winner in the Bal Tabarin or cruise up past the Bromley Court Hotel after last orders gentlemen please and score.[/p][/quote]And there speaks the expert[/p][/quote]Guilty as charged sir. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 33

2:46pm Sat 31 May 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Why is Gypo Joe suddenly 'flavour of the month' in the thumbs up stakes?
Either he is manipulating votes or has amassed (and amazed) a whole new bunch of thumbs up buddies on here. No way.
Why is Gypo Joe suddenly 'flavour of the month' in the thumbs up stakes? Either he is manipulating votes or has amassed (and amazed) a whole new bunch of thumbs up buddies on here. No way. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -17

9:57am Mon 2 Jun 14

bnorther says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
Why is Gypo Joe suddenly 'flavour of the month' in the thumbs up stakes?
Either he is manipulating votes or has amassed (and amazed) a whole new bunch of thumbs up buddies on here. No way.
I have a hunch that the votes are manipulated, maybe even by newsshopper. I have had several comments gradually getting several 10s of plus votes over hours only to go to minus allot in the space of a few minutes.

I smell a rat.
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Why is Gypo Joe suddenly 'flavour of the month' in the thumbs up stakes? Either he is manipulating votes or has amassed (and amazed) a whole new bunch of thumbs up buddies on here. No way.[/p][/quote]I have a hunch that the votes are manipulated, maybe even by newsshopper. I have had several comments gradually getting several 10s of plus votes over hours only to go to minus allot in the space of a few minutes. I smell a rat. bnorther
  • Score: 4

11:45am Mon 2 Jun 14

bob builder says...

N/S forgot to mention only 3 people were convicted & fined, now look at this pub: http://www.bromleyti
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N/S forgot to mention only 3 people were convicted & fined, now look at this pub: http://www.bromleyti mes.co.uk/news/biggi n_hill_pub_to_re_ope n_after_licensee_is_ given_final_chance_f ollowing_drugs_raid_ 1_2220641 bob builder
  • Score: 4

11:48am Tue 3 Jun 14

Toolbox69 says...

bnorther wrote:
sarfflondonbird wrote:
Why is Gypo Joe suddenly 'flavour of the month' in the thumbs up stakes?
Either he is manipulating votes or has amassed (and amazed) a whole new bunch of thumbs up buddies on here. No way.
I have a hunch that the votes are manipulated, maybe even by newsshopper. I have had several comments gradually getting several 10s of plus votes over hours only to go to minus allot in the space of a few minutes.

I smell a rat.
Maybe he works for NS!

Have to say, his recent posts have given me a good chuckle although some of the negative scores for others odn't make sense.
[quote][p][bold]bnorther[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Why is Gypo Joe suddenly 'flavour of the month' in the thumbs up stakes? Either he is manipulating votes or has amassed (and amazed) a whole new bunch of thumbs up buddies on here. No way.[/p][/quote]I have a hunch that the votes are manipulated, maybe even by newsshopper. I have had several comments gradually getting several 10s of plus votes over hours only to go to minus allot in the space of a few minutes. I smell a rat.[/p][/quote]Maybe he works for NS! Have to say, his recent posts have given me a good chuckle although some of the negative scores for others odn't make sense. Toolbox69
  • Score: 0

1:44pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Joyjoy41 says...

Downham is in Bromley -it is BR1. The Downham Tavern is the only pub in Downham as the Baring arms is in Grove Park! I live locally to the pub and can't believe how lovely it is now! The Victorian fireplaces and warm feel of the pub are great as are the friendly staff. I have been there about 4 times since it opened with my 5 year old daughter and my mum and it has been great. They even had free sea food on Sunday at the bar and the manager came and spoke to us about the plans for the pub. They will be doing food soon and I am looking forward to trying the menu and giving the NEW Downham Tavern a chance!!
Downham is in Bromley -it is BR1. The Downham Tavern is the only pub in Downham as the Baring arms is in Grove Park! I live locally to the pub and can't believe how lovely it is now! The Victorian fireplaces and warm feel of the pub are great as are the friendly staff. I have been there about 4 times since it opened with my 5 year old daughter and my mum and it has been great. They even had free sea food on Sunday at the bar and the manager came and spoke to us about the plans for the pub. They will be doing food soon and I am looking forward to trying the menu and giving the NEW Downham Tavern a chance!! Joyjoy41
  • Score: 1

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