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the peckham cod 10:34 Mon Mar 9
Duke of Wellington E1
Hopefully some of you will know this great little backstreet pub near Spitalfields/Aldgate. No nonsense. No tossers. Well a greedy developer has taken it over and by underhand means will probably close the pub (as they have done in other sites across London). A campaign is under way to help save the pub.

http://www.savetheduke.info/

There is also a meeting 4pm tomorrow (Tues 10th) in the pub to find out more about the development and gather political support to help save it's closure.

Don't let another part of our heritage/pub stock be sold off and developed for a quick profit by some shady shysters. If nearby come on down and have your say.

Rant over. Drink beer!

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CasualKen 6:24 Sun Jul 12
Re: Duke of Wellington E1
Beers on Vince then

aldgate 8:50 Sat Jul 11
Re: Duke of Wellington E1
Oliver - it's 500 yards from the city

Pub Bigot 4:33 Sat Jul 11
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Well done Cod, and all those involved.

mentor 3:26 Sat Jul 11
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Asif Aziz

the peckham cod 3:12 Sat Jul 11
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Mendoza/Golfrate - A proper nasty bunch. If you don't know much about them a quick google will give you an idea.

mentor 3:06 Sat Jul 11
Re: Duke of Wellington E1
Who's the developer?

Oliver Cromwell 2:47 Sat Jul 11
Re: Duke of Wellington E1
Muslim area no need for pubs

the peckham cod 2:37 Sat Jul 11
Re: Duke of Wellington E1
July 2015 Update

A group of us went to the planning meeting at Tower Hamlets town hall to hear the application. The pub put on a red bus for all the supporters to turn up and show support. Was very tense but the councillors voted 6-0 to turn down the application. It was mentioned that the support and letters received against the proposals help made the case so next time you see a similar campaign be aware that it can make a difference!

I'm sure the snide super rich developer will appeal but it was a good first victory.

Was very much helped by

http://uk.linkedin.com/in/planningforpubs/

A great person to go to if you know of any local pub that needs saving

Pigshead 6:57 Wed Mar 11
Re: Duke of Wellington E1
Vinny died of cancer about 6 months ago

jfk 12:13 Wed Mar 11
Re: Duke of Wellington E1
A decent unpretentious back street boozer I used all the time when Louis had it.

Eddie a fella called Vinny is/was the owner and a different Vinny runs it.

I've filled in the petition it would be a shame to see it go the same way as so many others

Eddie B 11:22 Wed Mar 11
Re: Duke of Wellington E1
Is he the fella with the famous borther?

the peckham cod 10:44 Wed Mar 11
Re: Duke of Wellington E1
Dudley - Vinny still runs it. Absolute top bloke (and hammer to boot). He lives upstairs so is fighting to save his home as well as livelihood in the face of sharp business practices.

Anyhow there is some good people on board to help save the pub so there is a fighting chance we can prevail.

If anyone wants a pint in an unpretensious backstreet pub near the Liverpool St/City go down to find out more (plenty of racing on this week!)

Gavros 4:29 Tue Mar 10
Re: Duke of Wellington E1
doesnt really do itself any favours. Went to go in there a couple of saturdays ago and it had shut early.

bill green 4:26 Tue Mar 10
Re: Duke of Wellington E1
objected online pwopa boozer

Dudley Moore 2:21 Tue Mar 10
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Ok, best of luck with it.

the peckham cod 2:19 Tue Mar 10
Re: Duke of Wellington E1
I've no idea who runs it. Been in a few times, liked it, saw the story and thought would go on down as have an interest in preserving pubs and pub culture.

Dudley Moore 2:08 Tue Mar 10
Re: Duke of Wellington E1
Peckham,

Does Vinny still run it?

Used to drink in here every day, but haven't been in for years due to moving away.

the peckham cod 2:08 Tue Mar 10
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I don't think it is under pressure due to lack of sales/customers - it could go on as is. Some property company (with links to another dodgy offshore company) has bought it and wants to develop the next door and pub garden into flats making the pub bit unviable - hence it will close and he can do what he wants with the whole lot.

I think it's a tied pub so new owners can also dictate the price the landlord buys the beer at and I've heard he has whacked the price of barrels up 50/60% which is another way to drive the pub out of business.

These are practices happening up and down the land meaning good pubs on prime land close down so be good to see what can be done and fight back against these cretins.

London Assembly Member John Biggs will be there so fair play for showing an interest (may just be an election stunt though). I'll keep you posted. Excuse for an early pint anyway!

smithy 1:45 Tue Mar 10
Re: Duke of Wellington E1
I drink here fairly regularly, most miserable barmaids in the world. But a sound juke box. Too many darts teams as well

Bit a shame to see it go still...

mentor 1:38 Tue Mar 10
Re: Duke of Wellington E1
The whole area is facing regeneration. This pub should be listed and protected. if it was a gas silo it would be. Good luck.

1964 12:25 Tue Mar 10
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Eddie

The locals to the Pride of Spitalfields are mostly Muslims and there is even a large Mosque just round the corner but it's always heaving when I've been in there.

Is still like a good old East End boozer with a couple of decent ales.

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