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Alhambra, 64-66 New Buildings

These premises have been known by different names during their history:FROMTONAME
Photo This pub was the MERIDEN TAVERN until the mid - 1960s, when it was renamed the Alhambra. The Alhambra is the 'red palace' built by the Moorish rulers of Grenada in the 13th century. It was used as the name of a famous music hall in Leicester Square, built in the Moorish style and then became a popular name for variety theatres, cinemas and pubs, implying a certain opulence. Why it should be used for this pub at such a late date I do not know. People my age will remember good times at the Alhambra from Don Fardon's tenancy in the 1970s on. It featured in the 1986 Good Beer Guide as 'a popular lunchtime venue', but was demolished in 1999 to make way for 'the Priory Court development. The roof timbers were rescued for ring dating, so that we would know what an aged building the deveopers had destroyed!


to 1960s see Meriden Tavern 1970s Don Fardon 1985 D. Cockrell
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