Pub snub isn’t our cup of tea’

PUBLISHED: 09:41 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:30 25 August 2010

RESIDENTS say turning a family pub into tea rooms is breaking up a community .

RESIDENTS say turning a family pub into tea rooms is 'breaking up a community'.

Greenwich council refused to sell the lease of the 16th century Tudor Barn in Well Hall Pleasaunce, Well Hall Road, Eltham to another pub owner and opened it as tea rooms on Monday.

Valerie Dempsey, 62, of Prince Rupert Road, Eltham, said: "It took years to build that community up and the council has just come and broken it.

"Everybody round here thinks tea rooms won't work as it was teas room before and it closed.

"To turn it into tea rooms show the council don't care what the community thinks.

"I wouldn't like drinking a coffee for two or three hours. It is not everybody's cup of tea. It is not my cup of tea."

A spokesperson for Greenwich council said: "The Tudor Barn will run as a tea room while the council considers plans for its long-term future.

"24-hour security has been in place while we clean and carry out some repairs.

"Alcohol will not be served."

The tea room is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm and the second floor gallery is available for hire from 9am-10.30pm.

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