Honor Oak Pub (under new management, 2016)


#21

Passed there last night and the place was in darkness and all the shelves were empty!

What’s happening?


#22

Bit hard to tell from their social media.

The last thing on their Facebook page was them sharing an SE23.life post on Christmas Tree recycling. Which came with a picture of err… me on a beach (moral of the story - careful to override the user’s avatar image when you share a tweet on Facebook!)

I think I spotted elsewhere that they were closed for refurbishment but now cannot find the link, sorry.


#23

Will probably walk past tonight. Will have a look, see if they’ve left a notice.

I don’t think they doing very well business wise. Always seemed to be almost empty every time I’ve walked past. Perhaps they’ve brought the refurb. plans forward?


#24

They are re-opening on the 23rd Feb:


#25

Regarding the changes:



#26

Be interesting to see what they do with the place…
It is basically a big box so I don’t know if they will do that much in the way of major alterations but hopefully they will manage to make it a bit more welcoming.
It was doing so badly recently that a re-launch was very much needed even if just to make the point that it is under new management.
Never really understood how a pub can fail in that location - I am sure the customer base is pretty big and the demand is there but somehow it always manages to end up a failure.


#27

I totally agree with all you have said. I went in there before xmas with a friend, it was freezing cold & the food was appalling.
Have been back twice with my husband in the new year & although warmer, the food & drink are still sub-standard. I think if they don’t do something drastic, they will close down.


#28

The last time I was in before the change in management was when it was really cold - we kept our coats on. Combined with the empty fridges, I put this down to the old management trying to limit their outgoings.

The new management warmed it up, and the beer definitely improved along with the service. I am hoping that after the work, the pub will feel a bit nicer (putting blinds on the windows would be a start).


#29

So, what’s the verdict with the changes to the Honor Oak? It looks like a vast improvement to me but I’ve not spent an evening there yet…


#30

Too expensive. Go to the Nap or Blythe instead.


#31

Well they’ve gotta pay back the cost of the living wall :wink:


#32

Had a wonderful dinner this evening for Mothers Day.

My daughter does a few shifts here & paid for me and my friend to eat here & then the manager gave us drinks on the house as apparently she’s his best worker.

Please say hi to my Elz if you pop in (she’s half Chinese & half me so easy to spot) she’s mega friendly & my dinner was delicious :slight_smile:

She’s after a fab dinner at home tomorrow I think :joy::joy:


#33

Also had a really good meal there yesterday, albeit not cheap. Plenty of staff on at the bar and never had to wait to get served - maybe they’ve taken heed of the oft-repeated issue raised on here!


#34

I didn’t pay for anything yesterday so can only comment on the service and quality, which was fab.

I loved the outdoor booths with heating in the garden where you just pushed a button & the whole booth heated up :slight_smile:

Not seen that before.

I may be bias on the service yesterday as my daughter was working, hope she was polite & looked after your group Stephan.

ETA Yes I did show the manager this thread, and he’s a very lovely guy that will probably take all on board - I got on really well with him & love his plans for this place,he’s so enthusiastic which is brilliant in my book :slight_smile:


#35

Been back a couple of times since and despite on occasion bumping into some of the local forumite riff-raff it’s been a definite improvement. Food has been mostly good albeit a little pricey (tho yesterday’s burger at lunch wasn’t​ great) but the service has been monumentally better with engaged staff who don’t seem to see customers as a distraction from their phones/chats with their mates. @Pauline I think your daughter has served us a few times and she’s been exemplary each time, a credit to the place.


#36

Thank you, That would be my Elz working & served you. She’s saving up for uni in Sept :slight_smile:


#37

Feel free to tell her you know me from here…

And thanks for the good review about her, much appreciated: :slight_smile:

She is my baby at the end of the day regardless of her age xx