The Pear Tree, Norwood Green - pub details
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|The good news is that the pub is open once again. It is under the same management as of about a year back.|
Tetley's and a guest ale were on, and in good form.
Its usual boisterous tradesmen clientele have returned too. The down side of that would perhaps be that it's not easy to see how trade can be developed that much among the couple of hundred households within walking distance, in this generally well-heeled enclave. They largely consist of the more reserved, often older professional and business types, and I surmise that they would prefer a more refined atmosphere.
That's probably a pity for the management, since they are the very people with the money, and who would also outnumber the small crowd of regulars maybe several-fold.
eddybeer - 1 Jan 2017 21:53
|There are two pubs in the village of Norwood Green, and the comfortable locality ought to easily support them, indeed, as the other, the Old White Beare, has very limited indoor drinking space.|
Unfortunately, the Pear Tree has struggled rather in recent years, and the management has changed several times. It was known as a local for the employees of a couple of small factories and tradespeople, but the former have closed. The pub, however, has perhaps not yet lost this reputation amongst the quite numerous more affluent residents in the vicinity.
Still, the latest tenants improved it beyond recognition. The indoor decor was made light and airy. They removed the football television, and they stocked very well-kept real ales, sometimes as many as six. They transformed the garden into a charming open-air drinking area with elevated country views.
It was run by the same people who have made a success of the Bull’s Head at Gomersal, I understand.
The new management apparently decided that the atmosphere was to be for the genial and for the well-mannered. To that end they barred a couple of locals who, I am led to believe, chose to go against the grain of that policy, despite polite requests for consideration on their part.
Sadly, villages being what they are, and the timid being the timid, the barred appeared to succeed in creating a fairly general boycott of this as-it-was excellent pub in the immediate locality. Since there is not much passing trade, this made the position of the new tenants hopeless. The perceptions of the pub in the locality apparently did not change sufficiently in time to turn things round, and the pub is yet again shut down awaiting new takers.
I'll award the last tenants 9/10, and that gives an idea as to the potential of the pub.
eddybeer - 27 Sep 2016 00:35