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#1 dawnchorus

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 02:39 PM

Hi,

I'm doing some research on the Cambridge Arms as part of a podcast on the junction where the roundabout used to be.

Did you ever have a drink there? Memories of it? Avoiding it? Do you know who owns it? Why is it still unused?

I've heard it used to be a fiercely Labour-orientated pub under the old landlord until he died and it was taken over by someone who turned it into what has been described as "the worst pub in Crystal Palace". Is that true?

Any tips, stories, contacts etc would be greatly appreciated.

Please note: I am not a prospective buyer. I am a journalist who lives locally and I'm starting a community podcast on Crystal Palace, and looking for ways to tell the story of an empty, closed-down pub.

If you have any stories about the Cambridge Arms - even if it is about why you may never have gone inside - and would like to be interviewed, or just like to have a chat/email exchange, please contact me, Roxanne, on:

oddoneoutradio [at] googlemail [dot] com

Many thanks.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:27 AM

In the 26 years I have been socialising in the triangle I never set foot inside the Cambridge i.e. from my early twenties onwards. It may have something to do with being female but on the few occasions I peered around the door I was not at all tempted to enter, coupled with the fact that - rightly or wrongly - it had a reputation for drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:33 AM

I used to frequent it now and again. I know a little about it.
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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:41 AM

Since I have been of the age to drink in the early 80's it has been a s78thole of a pub & got much much worse towards the end of its life , piss poor beer [removed by moderator] which was another reason to avoid this pub like the plague.

Apologies but this was the most honest discription /opinion i could give of this place!

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Edited by gekko, 21 September 2012 - 10:11 AM.
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Your obviously mistaken me with someone who gives a fig

#5 RetiredMember1

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:24 AM

OMG, Dazza what DID you say?! :o

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:59 AM

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 11:30 AM

[Nice try Dazza ;)]

Edited by gekko, 21 September 2012 - 02:32 PM.

Your obviously mistaken me with someone who gives a fig

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 02:34 PM

Dazza suggested that the presence in this pub of people from a certain country was a reason to avoid the place. Obviously, we don't allow comments that stereotype entire nationalities on here :).
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#9 dawnchorus

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 02:53 PM

Thanks for all your replies. Especially the honest ones!

I'll be in touch via private messages.

Cheers.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 08:39 PM

These guys are the ones who handled the pub in receivership although they don't seem to want to tell anyone who the current agents are so its a bit difficult to work out who owns it now.

http://www.lunngroves.co.uk/id12.html

As far as the actual pub was concerned it was way ahead of its time, where else could you watch the footy whilst learning a new language via the commentary ;)

#11 dawnchorus

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 09:40 AM

Thanks, Norwood Lad!

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:48 PM

Shortly before it closed down, I noticed that they had chalked up a big rainbow flag on the board outside and my jaw hit the pavement as I thought, "That can-not have become a gay bar!" (what I mean by that is, I couldn't see people flocking in their droves to the Cambridge instead of going to any other gay bar on the face of the planet) The flag disappeared soon afterwards. I think whoever put it there must have just thought it indicated a nice, jolly place  :D .  I like a beer as much as the next person but not even I have set ever foot in the Cambridge. It always looked as rough as old rope.


Edited by SockMonkey, 18 February 2013 - 02:51 PM.