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Gold Coast Bar and Restaurant
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Address: 224 Portland Road, South Norwood, London, SE25 4QB [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 6981) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras


Nearest train stations Norwood Junction (0.5 miles), Elmers End (0.9 miles), Selhurst (1 mile)

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> Current user rating: 6.8/10 (rated by 8 users)
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An excellent venue. Bar prices are reasonable and the bar staff are very welcoming. This is a stylish, chilled out venue very suitable for non-africans who dare to think beyond football and Murdoch newspapers. Obviously, there is a strong Ghanaian theme by way of music (hip-life/R&B), cuisine and beverages. As a whole, Gold Coast captivates the essence of Ghana culture and offers that west African experience to folks of all cultures and backgrounds. My only disappointment would be the door staff (specifically an east Asian man) who unfortunately forgot his manners. Nonetheless, once this venue dispenses with his services, I feel assured it will truly embrace the spirit of AKWABA (welcome in Twi language)
Kwasi_Oburoni - 19 May 2012 01:43
The Spread Eagle was in my family from before the second world war to about 1962.
It was a working mans pub with an off licence on the left hand side and on the Cobden Road side was an outdoor "Gents"
Long time since I have been back there. Can anyone tell me if the horse mounting block is still there?
johnwindell - 6 Apr 2009 22:57
I used to know this as the Spread Eagle, when Natalies family owned it, back in the 80's. Nat and I hung out a fair bit - i was the only backpacker in the area back then, known by the publicans as 'Kiwi'.
siennadawnnz - 19 Jan 2009 03:05
I hold my hands up londoncabby. The amount of pubs closing down is a truly depressing sight and you're right, it is a refreshing change to see some opening and thriving as this one obviously has.
Were William and Francesca the couple who ran it when it became The Pleasant Pheasant in the late 80s?
The next time I'm down on my old stomping ground I'll definitely pop in and open my mind a bit more rather than letting nostalgia get the bette rof me - good luck to the GCB and all who sail in her!
mervpayne - 4 Jul 2008 13:40
In reply to MervPayne, I too remember the previous incarnations. During the '70s I used to play league darts and the 'Spread Eagle' as it was then was a family run pub with musical entertainment at the weekends. After the landlord died the landlady took it over until retirement. The recession hit many locals and the Spread did not escape. As manager replaced manager, the decay turned into rot. The breweries and pub owners did not help one iota. The pub closed until taken over by William and Francesca. The pub reflects the multi cultural aspects of my home, South Norwood. Many areas change and so do the pubs, some for good some for bad. This I feel is for the good. Real ale will probably not sell well there, but the Ghanaian bottled beer is good tasting and strong. By always looking back one does not see the present or anticipate the future. There has been numeruous pub closures in the area so any pub re-opening is good news.
thelondoncabby - 12 Dec 2007 11:45

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