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!