Former Southend pubs remember the opening of the new Westcliff bar

EXCITEMENT is buzzing as a new pub is set to open in Hamlet Court Road, on the site where The Foundry and Clouseau once stood.

The Craftsman, which has been undergoing construction for a few months, will be a new music center in Westcliff selling craft beer and premium lagers.

It is set to open at noon on Friday, October 21, with a party hosted by Middle Age Spread DJs.

As a new pub opens in Southend we have decided to revisit the lost pubs in the area that we wish we could reopen for one more pint.

The Lost Pubs project – found at closedpubs.co.uk – remembers pubs some may have forgotten about and it’s fascinating to think they were thriving businesses in their heyday.

A look back at Southend's lost pubs as a new Westcliff venue is set to openCork and Cheese in Southend

The Cork and Cheese – pictured above – was a ‘real ale’ pub at the bottom of the Victoria Shopping Centre.

It closed in June 2007.

A look back at Southend's lost pubs as a new Westcliff venue is set to open

Westcliff pub-goers eagerly awaiting the opening of The Craftsman may remember this pub from the past.

The Nelson, pictured above, was located on North Road and has since been converted into apartments.

It is certainly remembered by John Kempster on closedpubs.co.uk, who said: “I remember the Nelson from my earliest days of drinking in Southend – almost 60 years ago now.

“It was a big, loud and extremely friendly place under a Scottish governor named Bill who was, of course, called Jock.”

He added: “It’s now been over fifty years since I’ve been there but I have very fond memories and I’m sorry it’s not over.”

A look back at Southend's lost pubs as a new Westcliff venue is set to openLa Minerve on Southend seafront

The Minerva was on Southend seafront – next to the Kursaal. It was originally built in 1792 as the home of Abraham Vandervord, the main local barge owner.

The building stood empty for years after its closure. It was taken over by businessmen seven years ago and replaced by a restaurant.

Another popular seaside pub, the Esplanade was located on Fishermans Wharf, Western Esplanade and was a favorite with locals.

A look back at Southend's lost pubs as a new Westcliff venue is set to open

The pub suffered an arson attack on November 26, 2018, the latest in a long string of incidents since the pub closed a few years ago.

The site is now home to the Clifftown Shore housing estate.

The London, located in Southend High Street, was converted into a card shop before Birthdays also went bankrupt.

A look back at Southend's lost pubs as a new Westcliff venue is set to openThe Lost Pubs Project

The Woodgrange was located on Southchurch Avenue and is now used as apartments.

Here is an honorable mention to the other closed pubs in Southend mentioned by The Lost Pubs Project:

  • The Bell Hotel in Leigh was located on Leigh Hill. It became derelict after planning permission was refused for a nightclub and was demolished in November 2015 following a roof collapse.
  • The Sportsman at Shoebury was later known as The Osprey, then The Renown and is now used as a learning centre.
  • Foresters Arms was located at Marine Parade before it was demolished to make way for a £100million seafront development scheme.

Did we miss your old favorite Southend pub? Let us know in the comments!

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