|Goldhawk Tavern, Goldhawk Road. Photo: Google Maps|
According to a piece in GetWestLondon in 2013, the Goldhawk Tavern has been "sold to developers". But what does this mean, exactly? Demolition? Office space? Much depends on the Council. After all, you can't just change a pub into flats overnight, you need permission for a change of use.
In fact, as Shepherd's Bush gentrifies, there is more and more demand for the kind of quality experience offered by good pubs such as the Princess Victoria on the Uxbridge road - a superb Victorian gin palace which is now a successful and busy pub. Pubs done right, can still work well.
|Once, the Wellington Arms. Today a KCF and "Cashino".|
Today, it is a KFC and a "Cashino". The first floor balcony is in use as a storage area for old fridges and other old junk. Looking at it now, you'd never know there had once been a nice old pub on the site.
The Goldhawk Tavern is not the only pub bearing the name of the street which has fallen on hard times. The Goldhawk pub on the north side of the Goldhawk Road (see photo below) is also boarded up.
If any of our readers have any information on the future of The Goldhawk Tavern, we'd be glad to hear from you. Email us at shepherdsbushblog(at)gmail.com