One of Crouch End’s favourite watering holes the Earl Haig Hall ‘could become a gym or a restaurant’ according to the property agent currently marketing the old British Legion hall to potential tenants.
‘Seriously?’, one angry Crouchender told us, ‘There is no way that this building’s unique warmth, charm and sense of “genteel decay” could possibly survive conversion into a gymnasium!’
Meanwhile, Crouch End’s Liberal Democrat councillor has called for its use as a pub to be protected.
Until the first week in January the hall was operating as a popular pub with a strong community ethos. But after pub company Antic sold the lease and shut up shop, its future is worryingly uncertain.
A property agent told the Ham & High, “We’ve had interest from gym operators, restaurants and other pub operators, so it’s likely that things will change.”
In just five years, the Earl Haig Hall had become a local institution and there seems to be a real appetite amongst locals for the place to be given the opportunity to remain as a pub.
At this stage no tenancy has yet been agreed.