The Nag’s Head in Camberwell – one of the area’s last traditional pubs – faces an uncertain future after pub manager Julie Clifford looks set to leave after landlords doubled the rent to an unaffordable £75,000 per year.
There’s been a pub on this site since at least 1856, but the Nag’s Head will close on April 1st after the building’s owners, Landlord Camberwell Road Ltd, were granted planning permission to turn it into luxury flats.
Seen as the ‘last proper pub in Camberwell,’ the Nag’s Head provides a valuable community hub, providing a space for people to socialise and have family gatherings, as well as offering a place for the elderly to enjoy some company.
A petition to save the pub gives more details:
The owners of the Nags Head do so much for the elderly in their community, they close the doors for a day every Christmas and have a private lunch for all the elderly in the area, and for some of these people it is the highlight of their year and the only day they get to see other people.
They also make a point of calling their elderly regulars if they don’t see them for a day or two just to make sure they are okay.
Clifford has been in charge of the pub for eight years, and she told the Southwark News about why she has been forced to leave:
There’s nothing I can do, it looks like we’re going to be out in April. The price is ridiculous, this is Camberwell not Covent Garden.
I said we’re willing to pay £40,000. We were paying £35,000 and we struggled at times… They know we can’t afford it, but now at least they can say they did offer.
As of this morning, the petition needs just 34 signatures to reach its target of 1,500. Please sign it here: www.change.org/p/harriet-harman-mp-parliament-uk-save-the-nags-head.
Visit the pub:
242 Camberwell Rd, Camberwell, London SE5 0DP
020 7703 7604
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