A pub in Sydenham is being brought back to life after being "totally transformed" during a six-month refurbishment.

The Greyhound Pub will host its grand opening on Friday (February 23) after being closed for 10 years after being illegally knocked down.

The Kirkdale pub was bulldozed by developer Purelake without permision, causing Lewisham Council to bring them to court. 

It was demolished in 2012. 

In 2014 there was renewed calls for the pub to return

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New general manager, David Montgomery, said: "We have been working on this project for many months now and are delighted to open a civilised place to enjoy, drink and dine for Sydenham.

"In an era where an increasing number of well-loved local pubs are transformed into alternative uses, it is wonderful that we can, at The Greyhound, create a new heart of the community for people to spend time in.

"Although structural issues have made the project challenging, the result has all been worth it. I’m local myself and, as a team, we’re excited to welcome everyone.

"The Greyhound stands for good food, good drink, good times. We cannot wait to open."

The pub is also re-launching private dining rooms and a patio garden, both opening in Spring.

They also confirmed that both vegetarian and vegan options will be offered on their new menu.

The pub is located at 313-315 in Kirkdale and dogs and children are welcome.

It will open Monday to Saturday from 11am until 11pm and on Sundays from 12pm until 11pm.