Had a great roast at The Bear today; it may be more expensive (~£14) but it’s the best in the area. Anyway, that’s not the point of this post; on the walk back I noticed a few changes, so figured it would be a good idea to report them. I’ve actually been away for a few weeks, so apologies if none of this is really new.
First, Jono’s snooker hall is still open. I thought it had closed years ago, and it’s definitely due for demolition at some point, but there’s a new note on the door advertising that you can still come in and play. Slightly down the road, The Old Dispensary is continuing its mission to change identity, and they’re now serving Brooklyn lagers and pulled pork to appeal to a younger crowd.
There’s a new pizzeria, Oregano Leaf, on Camberwell Church Street. No idea if it’s any relation to its namesake in Lewisham, or the quality, or anything else; all I saw was the name, a closed shutter, and the fact they have a wood-fired oven. Also, someone was working in the old Paul’s Continental Olive Shop today, cleaning out the interior and scraping the name from the awning. Don’t know what’s going to open in there; could it be the Kickstarter-backed Pigeon Hole Cafe? They said they’re hoping to get the lease this week, so could be… Update: apparently not.
Took a look at the old Tadim to see how the cycle cafe is progressing, but couldn’t see anything so nothing to report there. Definitely seems that work has slowed (or stopped) on the former Recreation Ground.
Finally, in case you haven’t heard already, Costa are taking over the former Wing Tai supermarket on Denmark Hill.