Pub due for £120,000 makeover to sports bar

Changes – the Spread Eagle should reopen on August 12

Changes – the Spread Eagle should reopen on August 12

First published in News

A PUB has shut for a £120,000 four-week revamp.

The Spread Eagle, in Victoria Avenue, Southend, is being transformed by new tenant Kamil Augele and owners Punch Taverns.

Eight jobs will be created.

Mr Augele said: “There will be major work throughout the pub and we will be showing BT Sport, racing channels and Sky Sport across nine screens.

“The plans look fantastic.

We will be offering the community something different and facilities to suit all.”

The pub is expected to reopen on August 12.

Paul Mathias, Punch Taverns’ partnership development manager, said: “We want to reposition the Spread Eagle as one of the leading pubs providing drinks and live sport in Southend.”

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9:25am Tue 29 Jul 14

Jaimundo says...

Sounds good but it's a pity they fall foul of the draconian requirement to have plastic glasses on matchdays, still enforced by police contrary to all common sense. Problem with sports bars is they all seem to assume people want to drink tasteless lager and the real ale suffers.

I hope the Spread improves as a result of this as it's a spiritual home for Southend supporters and it's been a bit disappointing in recent years.
Sounds good but it's a pity they fall foul of the draconian requirement to have plastic glasses on matchdays, still enforced by police contrary to all common sense. Problem with sports bars is they all seem to assume people want to drink tasteless lager and the real ale suffers. I hope the Spread improves as a result of this as it's a spiritual home for Southend supporters and it's been a bit disappointing in recent years. Jaimundo
  • Score: 5

9:25am Tue 29 Jul 14

roger moore says...

oh great thats all we need another sports bar :(
oh great thats all we need another sports bar :( roger moore
  • Score: 9

9:41am Tue 29 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

Jaimundo wrote:
Sounds good but it's a pity they fall foul of the draconian requirement to have plastic glasses on matchdays, still enforced by police contrary to all common sense. Problem with sports bars is they all seem to assume people want to drink tasteless lager and the real ale suffers.

I hope the Spread improves as a result of this as it's a spiritual home for Southend supporters and it's been a bit disappointing in recent years.
Its gonna be pretty dead once the old stadium is gone, did someone mention this to Punch.?
[quote][p][bold]Jaimundo[/bold] wrote: Sounds good but it's a pity they fall foul of the draconian requirement to have plastic glasses on matchdays, still enforced by police contrary to all common sense. Problem with sports bars is they all seem to assume people want to drink tasteless lager and the real ale suffers. I hope the Spread improves as a result of this as it's a spiritual home for Southend supporters and it's been a bit disappointing in recent years.[/p][/quote]Its gonna be pretty dead once the old stadium is gone, did someone mention this to Punch.? Robin Reliant
  • Score: 13

9:43am Tue 29 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

"Mr Augele said: “There will be major work throughout the pub and we will be showing BT Sport, racing channels and Sky Sport across nine screens."

Not another sports bore hostelry...

If people want to watch sport they can watch it at home. Personally I go out to get away from the television, especially televised sport which is a huge yawn.

If I want to look at posturing muscle bound idiots I need look no further than the local gym and if I have a sudden urge to check out lycra clad sweaty bodily particles I need venture no further than a trip down the A127.

Pubs are for socialising, conversation, drinking, a good laugh and an escape from the mediocrity that is tight shorted televised torsos.
"Mr Augele said: “There will be major work throughout the pub and we will be showing BT Sport, racing channels and Sky Sport across nine screens." Not another sports bore hostelry... If people want to watch sport they can watch it at home. Personally I go out to get away from the television, especially televised sport which is a huge yawn. If I want to look at posturing muscle bound idiots I need look no further than the local gym and if I have a sudden urge to check out lycra clad sweaty bodily particles I need venture no further than a trip down the A127. Pubs are for socialising, conversation, drinking, a good laugh and an escape from the mediocrity that is tight shorted televised torsos. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -9

9:51am Tue 29 Jul 14

supermadmax says...

Sports bar, that's original.
Sports bar, that's original. supermadmax
  • Score: 3

10:01am Tue 29 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

i would have thought a fine cocktail and champers bar would be more suited.
i would have thought a fine cocktail and champers bar would be more suited. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 6

10:06am Tue 29 Jul 14

Jaimundo says...

Robin Reliant wrote:
Jaimundo wrote:
Sounds good but it's a pity they fall foul of the draconian requirement to have plastic glasses on matchdays, still enforced by police contrary to all common sense. Problem with sports bars is they all seem to assume people want to drink tasteless lager and the real ale suffers.

I hope the Spread improves as a result of this as it's a spiritual home for Southend supporters and it's been a bit disappointing in recent years.
Its gonna be pretty dead once the old stadium is gone, did someone mention this to Punch.?
I reckon Punch probably have about as much faith in Ron Martin to deliver on his promises as the rest of us.
[quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jaimundo[/bold] wrote: Sounds good but it's a pity they fall foul of the draconian requirement to have plastic glasses on matchdays, still enforced by police contrary to all common sense. Problem with sports bars is they all seem to assume people want to drink tasteless lager and the real ale suffers. I hope the Spread improves as a result of this as it's a spiritual home for Southend supporters and it's been a bit disappointing in recent years.[/p][/quote]Its gonna be pretty dead once the old stadium is gone, did someone mention this to Punch.?[/p][/quote]I reckon Punch probably have about as much faith in Ron Martin to deliver on his promises as the rest of us. Jaimundo
  • Score: 15

10:11am Tue 29 Jul 14

John Right says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
"Mr Augele said: “There will be major work throughout the pub and we will be showing BT Sport, racing channels and Sky Sport across nine screens."

Not another sports bore hostelry...

If people want to watch sport they can watch it at home. Personally I go out to get away from the television, especially televised sport which is a huge yawn.

If I want to look at posturing muscle bound idiots I need look no further than the local gym and if I have a sudden urge to check out lycra clad sweaty bodily particles I need venture no further than a trip down the A127.

Pubs are for socialising, conversation, drinking, a good laugh and an escape from the mediocrity that is tight shorted televised torsos.
I know you speak with authority Gandy, though I expect the TOWIE Bar doesn't accommodate pensioners, try the Methodist church, they do a good whist drive
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: "Mr Augele said: “There will be major work throughout the pub and we will be showing BT Sport, racing channels and Sky Sport across nine screens." Not another sports bore hostelry... If people want to watch sport they can watch it at home. Personally I go out to get away from the television, especially televised sport which is a huge yawn. If I want to look at posturing muscle bound idiots I need look no further than the local gym and if I have a sudden urge to check out lycra clad sweaty bodily particles I need venture no further than a trip down the A127. Pubs are for socialising, conversation, drinking, a good laugh and an escape from the mediocrity that is tight shorted televised torsos.[/p][/quote]I know you speak with authority Gandy, though I expect the TOWIE Bar doesn't accommodate pensioners, try the Methodist church, they do a good whist drive John Right
  • Score: 6

10:33am Tue 29 Jul 14

Nebs says...

Robin Reliant wrote:
Jaimundo wrote:
Sounds good but it's a pity they fall foul of the draconian requirement to have plastic glasses on matchdays, still enforced by police contrary to all common sense. Problem with sports bars is they all seem to assume people want to drink tasteless lager and the real ale suffers.

I hope the Spread improves as a result of this as it's a spiritual home for Southend supporters and it's been a bit disappointing in recent years.
Its gonna be pretty dead once the old stadium is gone, did someone mention this to Punch.?
Based on past promises for starting to build the new stadium they should be good for another few years.
[quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jaimundo[/bold] wrote: Sounds good but it's a pity they fall foul of the draconian requirement to have plastic glasses on matchdays, still enforced by police contrary to all common sense. Problem with sports bars is they all seem to assume people want to drink tasteless lager and the real ale suffers. I hope the Spread improves as a result of this as it's a spiritual home for Southend supporters and it's been a bit disappointing in recent years.[/p][/quote]Its gonna be pretty dead once the old stadium is gone, did someone mention this to Punch.?[/p][/quote]Based on past promises for starting to build the new stadium they should be good for another few years. Nebs
  • Score: 8

11:28am Tue 29 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

The Towngate pub in Basildon's Westgate shut for refurbishment years ago. Still shut.....

No loss though the beer choice in there was dreadful compared to the Moon on the Winos and Weedeaters opposite
The Towngate pub in Basildon's Westgate shut for refurbishment years ago. Still shut..... No loss though the beer choice in there was dreadful compared to the Moon on the Winos and Weedeaters opposite Howard Cháse
  • Score: 6

12:02pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

Nebs wrote:
Robin Reliant wrote:
Jaimundo wrote:
Sounds good but it's a pity they fall foul of the draconian requirement to have plastic glasses on matchdays, still enforced by police contrary to all common sense. Problem with sports bars is they all seem to assume people want to drink tasteless lager and the real ale suffers.

I hope the Spread improves as a result of this as it's a spiritual home for Southend supporters and it's been a bit disappointing in recent years.
Its gonna be pretty dead once the old stadium is gone, did someone mention this to Punch.?
Based on past promises for starting to build the new stadium they should be good for another few years.
I thought i saw a bloke in a donkey jacket with a roll up sticking out of his mouth holding a spade over there only last week.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jaimundo[/bold] wrote: Sounds good but it's a pity they fall foul of the draconian requirement to have plastic glasses on matchdays, still enforced by police contrary to all common sense. Problem with sports bars is they all seem to assume people want to drink tasteless lager and the real ale suffers. I hope the Spread improves as a result of this as it's a spiritual home for Southend supporters and it's been a bit disappointing in recent years.[/p][/quote]Its gonna be pretty dead once the old stadium is gone, did someone mention this to Punch.?[/p][/quote]Based on past promises for starting to build the new stadium they should be good for another few years.[/p][/quote]I thought i saw a bloke in a donkey jacket with a roll up sticking out of his mouth holding a spade over there only last week. Robin Reliant
  • Score: -3

12:34pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Parsnip says...

It's a shame, the Spread Eagle has always been a traditional pub with atmosphere and character
It's a shame, the Spread Eagle has always been a traditional pub with atmosphere and character Parsnip
  • Score: 11

4:31pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Sensible Man says...

With SUFC sitting nicely in League Two - what on earth would be the point of moving to a new bigger stadium? POINTLESS!!!! Forget Fossetts Park!!
Leave it nice and green.

Roots Hall is a jolly good stadium for a League Two club. The Spread Eagle for home fans - the Blue Boar for away fans. The Fish House for some nice chips.

SUFC - stay at Roots Hall. YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE!!!!!!!!
With SUFC sitting nicely in League Two - what on earth would be the point of moving to a new bigger stadium? POINTLESS!!!! Forget Fossetts Park!! Leave it nice and green. Roots Hall is a jolly good stadium for a League Two club. The Spread Eagle for home fans - the Blue Boar for away fans. The Fish House for some nice chips. SUFC - stay at Roots Hall. YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE!!!!!!!! Sensible Man
  • Score: 7

7:38pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Royr says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
"Mr Augele said: “There will be major work throughout the pub and we will be showing BT Sport, racing channels and Sky Sport across nine screens."

Not another sports bore hostelry...

If people want to watch sport they can watch it at home. Personally I go out to get away from the television, especially televised sport which is a huge yawn.

If I want to look at posturing muscle bound idiots I need look no further than the local gym and if I have a sudden urge to check out lycra clad sweaty bodily particles I need venture no further than a trip down the A127.

Pubs are for socialising, conversation, drinking, a good laugh and an escape from the mediocrity that is tight shorted televised torsos.
There are still (fortunately) pubs for all types- socialising/conversa
tion, eating, drinking, playing darts or pool, drinking real ale, playing petanque lazing in the sun, music pubs, barbecue pubs, child friendly pubs, dog friendly pubs - and on and on and on.

If you don't like them DON'T GO THERE - simples
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: "Mr Augele said: “There will be major work throughout the pub and we will be showing BT Sport, racing channels and Sky Sport across nine screens." Not another sports bore hostelry... If people want to watch sport they can watch it at home. Personally I go out to get away from the television, especially televised sport which is a huge yawn. If I want to look at posturing muscle bound idiots I need look no further than the local gym and if I have a sudden urge to check out lycra clad sweaty bodily particles I need venture no further than a trip down the A127. Pubs are for socialising, conversation, drinking, a good laugh and an escape from the mediocrity that is tight shorted televised torsos.[/p][/quote]There are still (fortunately) pubs for all types- socialising/conversa tion, eating, drinking, playing darts or pool, drinking real ale, playing petanque lazing in the sun, music pubs, barbecue pubs, child friendly pubs, dog friendly pubs - and on and on and on. If you don't like them DON'T GO THERE - simples Royr
  • Score: 2

8:22pm Tue 29 Jul 14

emcee says...

Royr wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
"Mr Augele said: “There will be major work throughout the pub and we will be showing BT Sport, racing channels and Sky Sport across nine screens."

Not another sports bore hostelry...

If people want to watch sport they can watch it at home. Personally I go out to get away from the television, especially televised sport which is a huge yawn.

If I want to look at posturing muscle bound idiots I need look no further than the local gym and if I have a sudden urge to check out lycra clad sweaty bodily particles I need venture no further than a trip down the A127.

Pubs are for socialising, conversation, drinking, a good laugh and an escape from the mediocrity that is tight shorted televised torsos.
There are still (fortunately) pubs for all types- socialising/conversa

tion, eating, drinking, playing darts or pool, drinking real ale, playing petanque lazing in the sun, music pubs, barbecue pubs, child friendly pubs, dog friendly pubs - and on and on and on.

If you don't like them DON'T GO THERE - simples
In most town centre pubs there is huge chance you will experience the following:
1. Loud music
2. Screaming kids
3. Multiple sports screens
4. The pub has been taken over by clans of chavs, trogladites or druggies.
5. All the above.

There are very few pubs where you can have a quiet drink with friendly conversation, drinking fine ales, have a game of darts, enjoy a ploughmans and where kids are bannished to the beer garden. In fact, pubs like that are so few and far between that you often have to travel miles out of town to find one.
[quote][p][bold]Royr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: "Mr Augele said: “There will be major work throughout the pub and we will be showing BT Sport, racing channels and Sky Sport across nine screens." Not another sports bore hostelry... If people want to watch sport they can watch it at home. Personally I go out to get away from the television, especially televised sport which is a huge yawn. If I want to look at posturing muscle bound idiots I need look no further than the local gym and if I have a sudden urge to check out lycra clad sweaty bodily particles I need venture no further than a trip down the A127. Pubs are for socialising, conversation, drinking, a good laugh and an escape from the mediocrity that is tight shorted televised torsos.[/p][/quote]There are still (fortunately) pubs for all types- socialising/conversa tion, eating, drinking, playing darts or pool, drinking real ale, playing petanque lazing in the sun, music pubs, barbecue pubs, child friendly pubs, dog friendly pubs - and on and on and on. If you don't like them DON'T GO THERE - simples[/p][/quote]In most town centre pubs there is huge chance you will experience the following: 1. Loud music 2. Screaming kids 3. Multiple sports screens 4. The pub has been taken over by clans of chavs, trogladites or druggies. 5. All the above. There are very few pubs where you can have a quiet drink with friendly conversation, drinking fine ales, have a game of darts, enjoy a ploughmans and where kids are bannished to the beer garden. In fact, pubs like that are so few and far between that you often have to travel miles out of town to find one. emcee
  • Score: 7

9:44pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Maddogg says...

Sensible Man wrote:
With SUFC sitting nicely in League Two - what on earth would be the point of moving to a new bigger stadium? POINTLESS!!!! Forget Fossetts Park!!
Leave it nice and green.

Roots Hall is a jolly good stadium for a League Two club. The Spread Eagle for home fans - the Blue Boar for away fans. The Fish House for some nice chips.

SUFC - stay at Roots Hall. YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE!!!!!!!!
Couldn't agree more. I understand the club needs to move, but what a great place for a family to watch football. Not some faceless ground, that can be laughed at up the A 12.
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: With SUFC sitting nicely in League Two - what on earth would be the point of moving to a new bigger stadium? POINTLESS!!!! Forget Fossetts Park!! Leave it nice and green. Roots Hall is a jolly good stadium for a League Two club. The Spread Eagle for home fans - the Blue Boar for away fans. The Fish House for some nice chips. SUFC - stay at Roots Hall. YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. I understand the club needs to move, but what a great place for a family to watch football. Not some faceless ground, that can be laughed at up the A 12. Maddogg
  • Score: 1

4:53pm Wed 30 Jul 14

chillyfeet says...

Robin Reliant wrote:
Jaimundo wrote:
Sounds good but it's a pity they fall foul of the draconian requirement to have plastic glasses on matchdays, still enforced by police contrary to all common sense. Problem with sports bars is they all seem to assume people want to drink tasteless lager and the real ale suffers.

I hope the Spread improves as a result of this as it's a spiritual home for Southend supporters and it's been a bit disappointing in recent years.
Its gonna be pretty dead once the old stadium is gone, did someone mention this to Punch.?
Surely it will get more regular trade when SAINSBURYS build the supermarket
[quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jaimundo[/bold] wrote: Sounds good but it's a pity they fall foul of the draconian requirement to have plastic glasses on matchdays, still enforced by police contrary to all common sense. Problem with sports bars is they all seem to assume people want to drink tasteless lager and the real ale suffers. I hope the Spread improves as a result of this as it's a spiritual home for Southend supporters and it's been a bit disappointing in recent years.[/p][/quote]Its gonna be pretty dead once the old stadium is gone, did someone mention this to Punch.?[/p][/quote]Surely it will get more regular trade when SAINSBURYS build the supermarket chillyfeet
  • Score: 0

5:12pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Gay Ray says...

Robin Reliant wrote:
Jaimundo wrote:
Sounds good but it's a pity they fall foul of the draconian requirement to have plastic glasses on matchdays, still enforced by police contrary to all common sense. Problem with sports bars is they all seem to assume people want to drink tasteless lager and the real ale suffers.

I hope the Spread improves as a result of this as it's a spiritual home for Southend supporters and it's been a bit disappointing in recent years.
Its gonna be pretty dead once the old stadium is gone, did someone mention this to Punch.?
I believe Judy may have and a bit of a row kicked off ;-(
[quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jaimundo[/bold] wrote: Sounds good but it's a pity they fall foul of the draconian requirement to have plastic glasses on matchdays, still enforced by police contrary to all common sense. Problem with sports bars is they all seem to assume people want to drink tasteless lager and the real ale suffers. I hope the Spread improves as a result of this as it's a spiritual home for Southend supporters and it's been a bit disappointing in recent years.[/p][/quote]Its gonna be pretty dead once the old stadium is gone, did someone mention this to Punch.?[/p][/quote]I believe Judy may have and a bit of a row kicked off ;-( Gay Ray
  • Score: 1

6:10pm Wed 30 Jul 14

1nails says...

Has anyone mentioned, "CAR PARKING",. Plus when/if the footy stadium closes, will it remain.??????
Has anyone mentioned, "CAR PARKING",. Plus when/if the footy stadium closes, will it remain.?????? 1nails
  • Score: 1

11:34am Thu 31 Jul 14

maddie14 says...

roger moore wrote:
oh great thats all we need another sports bar :(
so how many ' sports bars' do we have in the town then Roger ??
[quote][p][bold]roger moore[/bold] wrote: oh great thats all we need another sports bar :([/p][/quote]so how many ' sports bars' do we have in the town then Roger ?? maddie14
  • Score: 1

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