THE PRINCE George in Parkholme Road is safe from closure, says Hackney council. But the pub faces restrictions on its opening hours, after complaints from a small number of residents of the street.
A council spokesperson said today Thursday 12 August 2010: “Hackney council is working with publicans from the (George) to solve problems caused by noise coming from the pub’s front garden.
“This has been disturbing a number of the pub’s immediate neighbours.”
Here is Loving Dalston’s earlier report:
A bizarre rumour that emerged two years ago could lead to the end of Dalston’s favourite public house.
The Prince George in Parkholme Road, boozer of choice for discerning Dalstoners since the 1860s, is now the subject of objections by eight or so residents who see it as a noisy nuisance in an enclave of E8 affluence. They have complained to Hackney council, the licensing authority.
In 2008 a story spread that the pop magazine NME
had named the George “NME Music Pub of the year”. The pub has a a juke box but not live music; perhaps the talk was someone’s idea of “irony”.
Joke or not, the result was near-instant: at weekends the pub found it had become a lure for youngsters wanting to drink at venues that charged less than the Dalston clubs that they would visit later in the night.
The “Hoxton Horribles”, as Chris Ballingall, the manager, dubbed them, came in such number that they filled the road around the George which, noticing the raised eyebrows of its genteel neighbours, had to hire security staff. The pub next had to deal with visits from council noise-pollution staff responding to complaints from the public.
As it dawned on the Horribles that the only music they’d ever hear at the George would come from a box requiring 50p coins, they drifted away in search of other venues.
Despite the George’s closing the outside railed-off area on Saturdays at 9.30pm, however, objectors sensed that they had the pub on the run, and Ballingall and the owner, Robert Thomas, of Remarkable Restaurants, have been in discussions with local people and the council since then.
Today Tuesday 10 august 2010 the pub’s licence was being reviewed at the town hall
after a complaint by the council’s pollution team (or, more accurately, anti-pollution team). It is likely that consultation will continue until the autumn, when the licensing authorities will rule on whether the pub can continue.
Anyone wanting to comment should visit the licensing website
, before emailing their views to email@example.com
In London about 11 pubs close every week — almost 40 throughout the country, says the British Beer and Pub Association.
David Altheer 090810
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