Wow. Look at the size of the building which was once behind there.
yes 6 storey tower maybe? There was a road between Hindsleys Place and Church Vale, with houses on it - there’s a pic here taken from Church Vale showing the terrace and the back of the brewery behind it.
Very sad to hear this, a pub with many fond memories for us, not least a meal there with “Fowl Mouths” persuading our son that it was time to arrive! We no longer live just around the corner but have still tried to come back every so often from our new home in SE20.
The change of use rules for pubs were tightened last year so there is now no right to demolish or change an A4 drinking establishment to any other use without planning permission. Previously this only applied where the pub had been designated an ACV or if the local authority had put down an article 4 direction. More details here (pdf):