GRAPE AND GRAIN LICENSEE LEAVING
Grape and Grain licensee John Grover leaves on Sunday December 4th prior to Wetherspoon’s formally taking over the pub at the top of Anerley Hill.
“When they bought us two years ago they had to honour our lease. “They gave us notice to quit 12 months ago” said John, who has been at the pub for the last three and a half years.
The move will mean no live music in the pub – and the fate of its ‘Tipsy Garden’ is unclear.
Wetherspoon’s acquired the pub in April 2014 in a £1.9 million deal. Chartered surveyors AG and G, who sold the pub, said then that the new landlord had the right to terminate the lease by giving notice at least a year before the break date in September 2016. Otherwise, the
lease expires in December 2021.
In April this year Wetherspoon’s lost their appeal against a Bromley council planning committee decision to refuse permission for a single storey extension to the front elevation of the Grape and Grain public house at the top of Anerley Hill.
The report of the inspector who turned down the appeal said the main issue was the effect of the proposal on the character and appearance of the host building and on the Crystal Palace Park Conservation Area in which the pub stands.
The pub was winner of South East London Camra Pub of the year 2011 under former licensees Rick and Angela.
Further reading: NO LIVE MUSIC AT GRAPE AND GRAIN WHEN IT BECOMES A WETHERSPOON’S
WETHERSPOON’S LOSE GRAPE AND GRAIN APPEAL 15.4.2016 on this website