The Heathcote Arms in Leytonstone will close for good on Monday despite staff attempts to boost trade and attract families

The Heathcote Arms in Leytonstone has been sold

The Heathcote Arms in Leytonstone has been sold

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A landmark pub famous for its many jazz nights and comedy shows will call time at the bar for good this weekend – despite an increase in trade, according to staff and locals.

Trade at the Heathcote Arms in Leytonstone, which has served the community for decades, has picked up in recent months as staff say they made an effort to transform it reputation.

Despite their push for punters, one of the pub's duty managers, Daniel Lawlor and team leader Christine Bennett were told just three weeks ago that owners Stonegate had sold it.

Mr Lawlor, who has also had to move out of the upstairs flat, said it was a loss to the community.

“It’s been a very up and down pub," he added.

“The regulars in here absolutely love it – some of them have been coming for 40 or 50 years.

“Everyone remembers the music. We have had some great music and comedy here.

"Location, Location, Location filmed here and Alan Davies did stand up comedy here.

“It took us a long time to turn it into a family pub but we did it and we have seen a difference.”

Ms Bennett, who remembers the pub being full on Fridays after nearby factory workers finished work years ago, agreed.

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“Nobody can say that we have been run into the ground," she added. "We were really picking up.

“We’ve been exactly where we should be. I wouldn’t say it’s been major but we have been doing well.

“We put in so much work as a team and the regulars love it – it is really sad.”

Nobody at the pub knows exactly when it opened but many have been drinking there since they were teenagers.

Des Egan, 69, of St Anne’s Road, is a regular in the pub.

“Young people don’t drink in pubs anymore like we did - they go to clubs.

“It is such a shame. The closest pubs now for me will be in the High Road.

“As far as I know it used to be a coach house, with stables round the back.”

Maureen and Chaz Blunden were in the bar today having a ‘farewell pint’.

Mr Blunden is usually Santa for the pub at Christmas and both said the loss of the pub was a "huge shame".

Maureen and Bill Measure enjoy drinking in the pub - remembering it as a "rough old place" many years ago.

“There have been so many landlords over the years, but there is a lovely group of people now,” Mr Measure added.

“I am disappointed to see it go.”

Stonegate have not declared who it has been sold to.

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3:49pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Villagecranberry says...

Don't worry, word on the ground saying it is going to be a gatso pub better than the Red Lions.
Don't worry, word on the ground saying it is going to be a gatso pub better than the Red Lions. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -6

3:56pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Nanki Poo says...

Maybe they should have stopped barring everybody for absolutely no reason under the new owners?

Rumour locally is they are deliberately running it down so that it can be sold for development into . . . guess what? Yes flats! And Loakes loves it because he wants the only pub left to be his local, the Red Lion.

nK
Maybe they should have stopped barring everybody for absolutely no reason under the new owners? Rumour locally is they are deliberately running it down so that it can be sold for development into . . . guess what? Yes flats! And Loakes loves it because he wants the only pub left to be his local, the Red Lion. nK Nanki Poo
  • Score: 12

11:31pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Villagecranberry says...

Nanki Poo wrote:
Maybe they should have stopped barring everybody for absolutely no reason under the new owners?

Rumour locally is they are deliberately running it down so that it can be sold for development into . . . guess what? Yes flats! And Loakes loves it because he wants the only pub left to be his local, the Red Lion.

nK
Your assumption is poppycock.

This will be a pub that will kill off competition in the vicinity. Veer on told me. Watch this space. It is the gateway to Hackney and will knock any rivals into a cocked hat.
[quote][p][bold]Nanki Poo[/bold] wrote: Maybe they should have stopped barring everybody for absolutely no reason under the new owners? Rumour locally is they are deliberately running it down so that it can be sold for development into . . . guess what? Yes flats! And Loakes loves it because he wants the only pub left to be his local, the Red Lion. nK[/p][/quote]Your assumption is poppycock. This will be a pub that will kill off competition in the vicinity. Veer on told me. Watch this space. It is the gateway to Hackney and will knock any rivals into a cocked hat. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -8

9:29am Sat 6 Sep 14

StanE11 says...

Just before the smoking ban they spent a load of money on the garden, where they filmed Location x 3. £50k I heard. The garden looked great, be a shame to demolish a community asset.
Just before the smoking ban they spent a load of money on the garden, where they filmed Location x 3. £50k I heard. The garden looked great, be a shame to demolish a community asset. StanE11
  • Score: 4

9:30am Sat 6 Sep 14

StanE11 says...

The poker club getting banned was a strange story.
The poker club getting banned was a strange story. StanE11
  • Score: 3

10:18am Sat 6 Sep 14

parkingtrouble says...

StanE11 wrote:
The poker club getting banned was a strange story.
I think the owners had been holding their cards close to the chest and then suddenly stepped in and upped the ante. That's when the club folded.
[quote][p][bold]StanE11[/bold] wrote: The poker club getting banned was a strange story.[/p][/quote]I think the owners had been holding their cards close to the chest and then suddenly stepped in and upped the ante. That's when the club folded. parkingtrouble
  • Score: 1

1:20pm Sat 6 Sep 14

Nanki Poo says...

Cranberry boy you prove every day how little knowledge you actually have of the area. We'll see who's right.

nK
Cranberry boy you prove every day how little knowledge you actually have of the area. We'll see who's right. nK Nanki Poo
  • Score: 3

2:05pm Sat 6 Sep 14

Touchwood says...

Nanki Poo wrote:
Cranberry boy you prove every day how little knowledge you actually have of the area. We'll see who's right.

nK
Don't encourage 'Villagecranberry/co
rnbeefur'. His sole aim in his little life is arguing!
[quote][p][bold]Nanki Poo[/bold] wrote: Cranberry boy you prove every day how little knowledge you actually have of the area. We'll see who's right. nK[/p][/quote]Don't encourage 'Villagecranberry/co rnbeefur'. His sole aim in his little life is arguing! Touchwood
  • Score: 3

5:29pm Sat 6 Sep 14

J Mark Dodds says...

Sounds like the business here would be considered a 'going concern' and if so the staff, assuming they have no tenants' right to continuation of a lease, should have some employment rights (TUPE) while they are being sold to a new freeholder?
Sounds like the business here would be considered a 'going concern' and if so the staff, assuming they have no tenants' right to continuation of a lease, should have some employment rights (TUPE) while they are being sold to a new freeholder? J Mark Dodds
  • Score: 1

6:25pm Sat 6 Sep 14

Villagecranberry says...

Touchwood wrote:
Nanki Poo wrote:
Cranberry boy you prove every day how little knowledge you actually have of the area. We'll see who's right.

nK
Don't encourage 'Villagecranberry/co

rnbeefur'. His sole aim in his little life is arguing!
Proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Watch this space.
[quote][p][bold]Touchwood[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nanki Poo[/bold] wrote: Cranberry boy you prove every day how little knowledge you actually have of the area. We'll see who's right. nK[/p][/quote]Don't encourage 'Villagecranberry/co rnbeefur'. His sole aim in his little life is arguing![/p][/quote]Proof of the pudding is in the eating. Watch this space. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -7

9:33pm Sat 6 Sep 14

oly141 says...

Daniel you have been used as a puppet to kill our community pub and then just thrown out onto the streets,good now move on with the blood on your hands.How dare you have the front to comment on decades of our pub history when you were never part of it.
Daniel you have been used as a puppet to kill our community pub and then just thrown out onto the streets,good now move on with the blood on your hands.How dare you have the front to comment on decades of our pub history when you were never part of it. oly141
  • Score: -5

11:06pm Sat 6 Sep 14

jackblack007 says...

Touchwood wrote:
Nanki Poo wrote:
Cranberry boy you prove every day how little knowledge you actually have of the area. We'll see who's right.

nK
Don't encourage 'Villagecranberry/co

rnbeefur'. His sole aim in his little life is arguing!
sadly you're both wrong, he's still smarting from being outed when a man was found masturbating in the park a few weeks ago , now he's a ***ker on 2 fronts
[quote][p][bold]Touchwood[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nanki Poo[/bold] wrote: Cranberry boy you prove every day how little knowledge you actually have of the area. We'll see who's right. nK[/p][/quote]Don't encourage 'Villagecranberry/co rnbeefur'. His sole aim in his little life is arguing![/p][/quote]sadly you're both wrong, he's still smarting from being outed when a man was found masturbating in the park a few weeks ago , now he's a ***ker on 2 fronts jackblack007
  • Score: -1

12:59am Sun 7 Sep 14

Villagecranberry says...

jackblack007 wrote:
Touchwood wrote:
Nanki Poo wrote:
Cranberry boy you prove every day how little knowledge you actually have of the area. We'll see who's right.

nK
Don't encourage 'Villagecranberry/co


rnbeefur'. His sole aim in his little life is arguing!
sadly you're both wrong, he's still smarting from being outed when a man was found masturbating in the park a few weeks ago , now he's a ***ker on 2 fronts
Blimey , you have some kind of fixation with that old news story. Whatever turns you on I suppose.
[quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Touchwood[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nanki Poo[/bold] wrote: Cranberry boy you prove every day how little knowledge you actually have of the area. We'll see who's right. nK[/p][/quote]Don't encourage 'Villagecranberry/co rnbeefur'. His sole aim in his little life is arguing![/p][/quote]sadly you're both wrong, he's still smarting from being outed when a man was found masturbating in the park a few weeks ago , now he's a ***ker on 2 fronts[/p][/quote]Blimey , you have some kind of fixation with that old news story. Whatever turns you on I suppose. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -1

1:02am Sun 7 Sep 14

Villagecranberry says...

Nanki Poo wrote:
Cranberry boy you prove every day how little knowledge you actually have of the area. We'll see who's right.

nK
I have a wealth of knowledge about the area actually. The pub is going to be jazzed up and made into one to rival the likes of the Red Loin.
[quote][p][bold]Nanki Poo[/bold] wrote: Cranberry boy you prove every day how little knowledge you actually have of the area. We'll see who's right. nK[/p][/quote]I have a wealth of knowledge about the area actually. The pub is going to be jazzed up and made into one to rival the likes of the Red Loin. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -3

7:26pm Sun 7 Sep 14

jackblack007 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
jackblack007 wrote:
Touchwood wrote:
Nanki Poo wrote:
Cranberry boy you prove every day how little knowledge you actually have of the area. We'll see who's right.

nK
Don't encourage 'Villagecranberry/co



rnbeefur'. His sole aim in his little life is arguing!
sadly you're both wrong, he's still smarting from being outed when a man was found masturbating in the park a few weeks ago , now he's a ***ker on 2 fronts
Blimey , you have some kind of fixation with that old news story. Whatever turns you on I suppose.
POT// KETTLE
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Touchwood[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nanki Poo[/bold] wrote: Cranberry boy you prove every day how little knowledge you actually have of the area. We'll see who's right. nK[/p][/quote]Don't encourage 'Villagecranberry/co rnbeefur'. His sole aim in his little life is arguing![/p][/quote]sadly you're both wrong, he's still smarting from being outed when a man was found masturbating in the park a few weeks ago , now he's a ***ker on 2 fronts[/p][/quote]Blimey , you have some kind of fixation with that old news story. Whatever turns you on I suppose.[/p][/quote]POT// KETTLE jackblack007
  • Score: 1

7:40pm Sun 7 Sep 14

Villagecranberry says...

jackblack007 wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
jackblack007 wrote:
Touchwood wrote:
Nanki Poo wrote:
Cranberry boy you prove every day how little knowledge you actually have of the area. We'll see who's right.

nK
Don't encourage 'Villagecranberry/co




rnbeefur'. His sole aim in his little life is arguing!
sadly you're both wrong, he's still smarting from being outed when a man was found masturbating in the park a few weeks ago , now he's a ***ker on 2 fronts
Blimey , you have some kind of fixation with that old news story. Whatever turns you on I suppose.
POT// KETTLE
Yes I pot kettle
You pot brown
[quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Touchwood[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nanki Poo[/bold] wrote: Cranberry boy you prove every day how little knowledge you actually have of the area. We'll see who's right. nK[/p][/quote]Don't encourage 'Villagecranberry/co rnbeefur'. His sole aim in his little life is arguing![/p][/quote]sadly you're both wrong, he's still smarting from being outed when a man was found masturbating in the park a few weeks ago , now he's a ***ker on 2 fronts[/p][/quote]Blimey , you have some kind of fixation with that old news story. Whatever turns you on I suppose.[/p][/quote]POT// KETTLE[/p][/quote]Yes I pot kettle You pot brown Villagecranberry
  • Score: -2

6:31pm Wed 10 Sep 14

roundthetwist says...

I saw Tim Vine in the comedy club upstairs a few years ago. Fantastic.
I saw Tim Vine in the comedy club upstairs a few years ago. Fantastic. roundthetwist
  • Score: 0
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