The Hare & Billet pub is closing for refurbishment from 6th January until 12th February. I’ve been contacted by someone working on the pub’s interior design. If anyone has any historical photos of the pub, or information about the origin of the name, please send it over to me and I will forward it on – ideally I’d like to post them here too if that’s ok with you. Thanks! I’ve asked Neil Rhind to contact them. In his book (p186) it mentions that a horse bus route used to run from nearby the pub in the 1840s? Perhaps the name stems from this business?
There’s always the ghost story I suppose…
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I had a note from Roger (suggestions always welcome here), saying that he:
Can’t wait for the new Chapters to open. Have you entered the competition at http://chaptersrestaurants.com/competition/process.php The advert in Meridian Magazine says that entrants will get a discount voucher.
Meridian magazine isn’t usually the first thing I rush for when the post arrives – it seems to be full of puff-pieces about below average restaurants, or bland soft-stories that could be about anywhere. But aside from that, Chapter Two is such a great place, and Blackheath is lucky to have them.
As you can see from the photo (taken Friday 8th August), the building work is coming on well. I don’t know whether they will fill your front hall with junk mail should you sign up, but they are offering a trip to New York, and the website also illustrates how the redesigned restaurant will look. When you sign up, they say they’ll send you a 10% voucher for use with your first meal.
It looks as though The Laughing Buddha has finally stopped laughing. The Chinese restaurant, which is next to Chapter Two seems to be closed. The sign says for refurbishment works, but I’m not sure. It seems like a bit of a coincidence that both places are shutting up shop at the same time… Maybe Chapter Two are expanding into the Buddha’s space? I hope it isn’t closing, as I never even got a chance to go in there – I’d always intended to but never quite had the right moment.