Greenwich Inc Selling Up?
I have just heard from someone I trust that Greenwich Inc are into negotiations for selling all of their Greenwich properties except the Spread Eagle. Not sure if I’m supposed to say who to yet, but it’s a group that already has a lot of bars and pubs across London.
This, I confess, surprises me, given the recent news that they plan to turn the parts of Nelson road over Bar du Musee into a hotel, but maybe this is to fund it, given how much they’ve spent elsewhere in town on various high profile ventures that have met with astonishingly bad reviews (not sure if you’ll be able to read the ES article here – I’ve been having trouble with the site recently, only able to read ads, rather than content, but there’s no directions to a paywall or anything. Oh, well, it’s their loss – I failed to find their newsdesk number the other day so another newspaper got a tip-off instead (nothing to do with Greenwich). ) Of course the planning app might just be to push the overall price up.
I’m told that the company usually sinks a lot of money into new ventures, so hopefully places like the Coach and Horses, which isn’t looking well at all, to say the least, and the Trafalgar, which if you look past the initial wedding-cake-icing is definitely a peeling-paint-sprouting weeds-from-the-roof kind of place, will get a facelift. Hell – who knows – we might even get the Cricketers back.
Now, I have to stress that as yet this is all unconfirmed though, as I say, I trust the person who told me. If it’s true, then this could be a shot in the arm for Greenwich restaurants. Obviously I would always prefer individual, quirky restaurants run by different, passionate people, but in the absence of this with these particular venues, I do understand that this company likes to keep individual places individual, so I am cautiously optimistic that this isn’t us jumping out of the proverbial frying pan into the proverbial fire.
We can only wait and see.