Dec 09

THE FT TOP 25 PUBS OF THE 00’s No 19: The Blue Posts, Newman St.

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I’m not very good at writing about pubs – my excuse is that I tend to care a hundred times more about the company than the place. Nonetheless, this was a regular haunt of mine for many years before I even moved to London. For no particular reason that I know about, it became the standard gathering place for my old friends, and still is. As it happens, when I moved here I ended up working five minutes’ walk away, so it’s still my most regular pub.

It’s a Sam Smiths, so it gets points for cheapness, and I always find their bitter okay. The food’s pretty decent too, if you can find a place to sit to eat it. It does tend to get full at times, but often less so than a lot of Central London pubs. It gets a lot of postal workers just after work hours.

Its level of comfort varies a lot. There’s more space upstairs than down, and some very comfy seating there, in something like a very old-fashioned gentleman’s club style – but that is not infrequently booked for private parties. When that’s unavailable, downstairs can get crowded, and there isn’t much comfy seating there, but there are plenty of stools and high tables and ledges, and it rarely gets hideously packed for long. It used to show football on a projection screen downstairs, but that seems to have ended.

I’ve had some good times there, which is the main reason I like it. With old friends and newer ones, and my first date after my marriage ended was there (it went very well, thanks for asking). It’s also the pub I have most often unexpectedly bumped into someone else I know. These social aspects are what make it a favourite of mine.

It’s also the place that a large and very goth woman started talking to me: she was there for a meeting of her vampire club that evening. She also wrote poetry, she told me (“Yes, it is mostly about vampires”), and she considered herself to be the modern answer to Byron and Shelley. Despite being obviously too talented to be compared to just one of those predecessors, I neglected to ask her to recite any. My friends thought she was a friend of mine when they showed up…


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    Kat but logged out innit on 5 Dec 2009 #

    Blue Posts = THE pub in which to meet goths! I have met countless goths in there, some of whom have become excellent chums :)

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    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 5 Dec 2009 #

    In a sense there is nothing that is not a dangling modifier. But in another, more accurate sense, the DM in the second last sentence here is exemplary: what’s meant is obvious; what the grammar — arising out of the word order — says is slightly different, and makes pedants snicker!

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    lonepilgrim on 5 Dec 2009 #

    This may not be the best place to ask but has any one else noticed that goths have a penchant for cheese – perhaps due to a vegetarian lifestyle? I formulated this theory after noticing goths hanging around the cheese counter in local supermarkets – often late at night. Maybe they like the chill air or the ultraviolet lighting? ‘Goth at the cheese counter’ always struck me as a title with rich potential for a song, play or art work – like ‘Nude descending a staircase’.

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    Martin Skidmore on 7 Dec 2009 #

    Oh dear, that is a classic example of the wrong dangling modifier – I am so sorry. Writing carefully, dangling modifiers really should be avoided.

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    Richard J on 7 Dec 2009 #

    And, of course, it’s easily confused with the other pubs named the Blue Posts when trying to meet up with people, which is usually good for a cheap laugh. (I’ve never been to this particular one, but one of the others is an occasional regular.)

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    Pete on 7 Dec 2009 #

    This issue is one of deep interest to FT, and we may yet see another Blue Posts in the list…

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    PJM on 16 Dec 2009 #

    I like this pub a lot, especially when it is eerily empty.

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