It’s back! Pelton Arms team reopens Charlton’s White Swan

White Swan, 4 September 2015

The newspapers are down… the pub is open!

Charlton’s worst-kept secret is finally out – the White Swan pub has reopened, with the team behind Greenwich’s Pelton Arms aiming to give the bar a new lease of life.

The pub has had a “soft opening” – so don’t go expecting a full service just yet. But we do know that there’s plenty of beer from Woolwich’s Hop Stuff brewery ready for you…

We popped in on Friday for its test night, and we found Brockley Brewery’s Golden and two beers from Croydon’s Cronx brewery on too. It’s amazing what some new furniture and a little bit of redecoration can do for a pub which hasn’t looked quite right since the old carpets were stripped out many moons ago. We had a great night and we’re looking forward to many more.

It’s the fourth pub to be taken on by Pelton boss Geoff Keen, who also runs Bromley’s Shortlands Tavern and the Red Lion in Godalming, Surrey. The Pelton’s firmly established as one of south-east London’s best-loved boozers and we know he’s done a excellent job with the cosy Shortlands, so we’re looking forward to watching the Swan develop.

As with any new leased pub, there are still a few niggles to be ironed out. But since Geoff has managed to transform the Pelton despite having Punch Taverns as a freeholder, we’re optimistic the Swan can finally fly. It’ll only take off if you visit – so pop in for a pint.

A lot of people have been fretting over the Swan over the past couple of years – probably more than the numbers who actually regularly drank there, truth be told. Hopefully, this tale finally has its happy ending. For everyone who worked on the asset of community value, everyone who took time to look at a community bid, and everyone who spread the word about a great pub going to waste – it’s time for a drink, I reckon. Cheers!


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15 Responses to It’s back! Pelton Arms team reopens Charlton’s White Swan

  1. Spoontaneous says:

    Brilliant news!!, we love the Pelton And good to see they are stocking local beers. 😉 A pint it is and fingers crossed for some food too! Yeeepeee!

  2. peter lapper says:

    Good news for Charlton people, The Swan will fly again. To far for me to come now in Ireland but you guys round the village enjoy.
    Peter Lapper, Ex 2 Prince henry rd.

  3. Charltonlassie says:

    Really great wines and food would make me go there, and a cheese board

  4. Spoontaneous says:

    We’ve just been there. Apparently, They will start serving food in about ten days. Really friendly staff, jazzy music, no TV screens. It looks promising, it already looks much better and they are offering some different local brews. 😉 Can’t wait to taste the food!!

  5. Chris says:

    My drinking days are behind me but this seems a good start. For it to succeed it has to be different. No tellies is a good start, those that want footie along with their pint can go to Bugle.

  6. Charlie says:

    Really looking forward to paying a visit when we’re back from holiday next week. A good pub is just what the village needs. Let’s all get behind it. See you in there!

  7. Pete M says:

    According to one of the bar staff the owner owns the freehold, not the leasehold.Could that be correct?

  8. Sarah says:

    Great news! Can’t wait to pop in… 🙂

  9. Diana says:

    We went up there on Wednesday – fantastic. Lovely atmosphere, very welcoming. At last!

  10. Neil C says:

    Learnt last night that it’s being run as a free house, which is good. They had some nice beers on.

  11. CharltonNewbie says:

    We went in on Saturday, really pleased that it is also a dog friendly pub. Good beers, nice atmosphere and friendly staff. We’re planning on going at least once a week to support it 🙂

  12. Barbara says:

    Popped in for a swift half yesterday. Excellent atmosphere, friendly service. We need a pub like this in Charlton. Dog-friendly too. Good local beers and board games provided if entertainment needed. Nice jazz playing which wasn’t too loud. No food yet apart from nibbles like nuts so roll on the hiring of a chef which the staff said was in progress. Try it out!

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