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Another city centre pub closes

It’s been closed for a while now but when going past the pub on the corner of Onslow Road and St Mary’s Road (which has had many names in recent years including Shotz, Pure, H2O and the Oliver Goldsmith) yesterday, I noticed it has now been converted to a convenience store.

This seems to be a popular trend at the moment, with The Eagle and The Winning Post having already been converted to shops and rumours about The Maybush and The Woodman becoming shops as well.

It is always sad when a pub closes but I would rather the buildings, which are often of local historic interest and important landmarks for navigation, were kept and converted instead of being destroyed to make way for characterless new flats. Sadly, we’ve lost the Oddfellows Arms, the Star and Garter, the Elephant and Castle and many other pubs in that way.

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Southampton pubs update January 2012

I was sad to hear that the Talking Heads in Portswood was closing for good. However, that was fortunately only for a short while and has now been refurbished and once again, has live music every night under new management.

In other news, the Chilli White nightclub (formerly Bliss Clubrooms, Chicago Rock and various other brands), which has been open for five months, has closed suddenly, following a spate of drunk and disorderly incidents outside the venue. It has been ‘debranded’ by the owner and is now empty.

Finally, another historic Southampton pub has bit the dust. The Oddfellows Arms (below), st Mary Street (most recently Zeb Bar and then a furniture shop, featuring some notable Courage tiles has been demolished to make way for another very dull block of flats. No flowers please.

Oddfellows pub

Oddfellows Arms, St Mary Street