Memo to pub owners: When you have a pub full of punters eating or having a chat at 5.30pm on a Sunday, there’s no reason at all to turn the music up so loud that people sitting a foot away from each other have to shout to be heard — not even if one drunk bloke asks you to because “this is a wicked song”.
So after we were driven out of the Castle, we went for a quiet pint at the Dark Horse on the way home. Or, not so quiet; after having bought a pint and sat down, the evening’s entertainment started setting up their sound system right next to our table.
Finishing up, we thought about going for some fish and chips from the Flying Fish; unfortunately, despite having ‘Open 7 days 11am-10.30pm’ on the door, they were shut.
It was not a successful Sunday.
On the positive side, we did get some very nice bread from Paul’s Continental Olive Shop on Saturday; filled with olives, tomato and herbs. But a quick question: why is the ‘S’ in ‘Shop’ on their sign drawn as a snake?
In response to a comment from Dagmar, I’m also intrigued by the Peckham Lodge; it’s a big, smart building and I’d like to know more about it. Was it ever a successful hotel? Is it now, as I suspect, a bail/asylum hotel? Or am I doing it a grave disservice? This page says it “specialises in catering for long stay guests”; it also says “Peckham is a vibrant creative hotspot and has recently become incredibly fashionable amongst Londoners”.