London’s first co-operatively owned pub, which was saved from closure by locals and now hosts live events most nights of the week.
If this pub were a film, it would be a heartwarming tale of pluck directed by Mike Leigh. In 2012, the owners gave their tenants one week’s notice to ship out after selling the property to developers. Instead of going quietly, the tenants sent out flares to the community; together, they raised £1 million to buy the pub and turn it into a cooperative. In classic British style, The Ivy House wears its stripes lightly – friendly, committed staff welcome locals of all ages for a mates-rates pint of locally brewed ale, carefully sourced pub food (including generous Sunday roasts), and events ranging from plentiful live music to yoga classes, knitting circles and kids’ dance lessons. All these good vibrations are housed in a Grade-II listed building chock-full of handsome features, from original beams and wall-to-wall wood panelling to leaded windows and an open fire. After overcoming a few 'Bleak Moments', these days The Ivy House is 'Happy Go Lucky'.
|Venue name:||The Ivy House|
40 Stuart Road
|Opening hours:||Open noon-11pm Mon-Thurs; noon-midnight Fri-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun.|
|Transport:||Rail: Nunhead or Brockley.|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30.|
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