Search

Developers call time on popular Harringay pub

16:25 25 January 2011

The Oakdale Arms will close in March. Picture: Ewan Munro

The Oakdale Arms will close in March. Picture: Ewan Munro

Archant

A POPULAR boozer has reached the bottom of the barrel and been forced out of its home to make way for developers.

The Oakdale Arms, in Hermitage Road, Harringay, will pull its last pint on Saturday, March 19, but will be going out in style with a lavish send off for its “heartbroken” regulars, complete with cabaret and live music.

The pub will be knocked down to make way for a three storey housing block of nine flats by C&S Builders Merchants, which has just one month to start construction work before their planning permission officially runs out.

The announcement was a blow to the pub’s owners, who were hoping developers would run out of time despite being given the green light for the scheme on appeal almost five years ago.

Landlord Rob Ruin, who also lives above the pub and has been serving at the pub for more than seven years, said the closure was the “end of an era”, adding: “It was a bit of a shock to be given a final closing date. It has been going on for a few years but to know it’s certified is a bit of a nightmare.

“Customers are very upset and everybody is heartbroken. It is my home but it’s been much more than a home. I’m just thankful to everyone for the last few years.”

The north London branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) have been campaigning against its closure since 2006 and regulars branded the move as “shameless cultural vandalism”.

The leaving party on the pub’s last day will see a handful of local bands playing on the night as well as a special performance by cabaret act Polly Hall, who used to sing at the pub several years ago.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 09:24
Labour Party leader Ed Miiband and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon during the BBC Challengers' Election Debate 2015. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

David Cameron has warned of more borrowing and taxes if Ed Miliband does a deal with the Scottish National Party (SNP) to become Prime Minister.

Thu, 19:57
David Dimbleby  Photo:  Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

The five leaders not in government will debate each other on the BBC

Thu, 09:29
Prime Minister David Cameron visits part of the work on dualling the A11 at Elveden. Picture: Denise Bradley

Labour will accuse David Cameron of “ducking” the chance to explain how he would fund generous Tory manifesto pledges as his rivals prepare to square up for another televised debate.

Thu, 06:45
Homeless children - stock image Photo credit: Shutterstock

Haringey has more children without a permanent home in Haringey than anywhere else in London, figures reveal.

Most read news

Competitions

Glen Moray whiskey could be winging its way to you.

The Glen Moray Classic is a classic Speyside single malt and forms the starting point for the Classic Range.

Seasons 1-4 on Blu-ray, as well as a shiny new Sony Blu-ray player could be coming your way!

To celebrate the fifth series of George RR Martin and HBO’s epic fantasy Game of Thrones, Ladbrokes is giving away a series one to four Blu-ray box set along with a Sony Blu-ray player to one lucky winner!

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Tottenham Journal e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder