Thursday, November 05, 2009
One of the hidden gems in Eltham is the Tudor Barn in Well Hall Pleasaunce, near to Eltham Station. It is the only remaining building of the original Well Hall manor, home to Thomas More when he was Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor. In recent years it had become rather run-down and was a fairly scruffy pub, until the Council (to their credit) took away the lease and put it out to tender for a more suitable use.
I'm delighted that it is now open again as a cafe and restaurant, run by a community interest company with plans for it to also be used for weddings and functions. The other week I went for lunch there (after a morning's canvassing) with our Conservative Parliamentary Candidate David Gold and other friends. It was a great meal, and the place is looking delightful. I highly recommend it, and long may it continue.