Thursday 30 December 2010



@ the DESPARD....

8pm til 3am!


get your dancin' shoes on & join us at the bar.....

Sunday 26 December 2010


yesterday it was all about starting the day with champagne & smoked salmon blinis....
....progressing onto a starter of lobster & giant prawns...

....followed by roast turkey with all the trimmings!

today it's all about the CHEESE!!

we've got loads of the stuff & pickles & grapes & crackers...
yummy! loads of the obligatory Boxing Day sport on the TV, so I declare that today is officially a cheesy, sporting fest!

Sunday 19 December 2010

Take 2 - kicked to bits last night - BOOO

after the snow doodz head fell off..

i edited him into this fellow..

a bit father christmas and a bit gary Glitter

anyway he's gone now...

hope it snows again


Dr Seuss's Grinch may've tried to steal Christmas...

...but as your tame Bar Grinch, I'm not stealing Christmas - instead I am gifting you a Christmas Quiz!

So break out the mulled wine & cider, wrap the tree, post the turkey, and roast the cards....

...then head on down to the pub on Tuesday & help me get into the Christmas spirit for the first time ever!

Saturday 18 December 2010

Charlotte Despard's snow friend

well we had a bit of snow...

so as people were busy crashing their cars..

I had a go at building a new member of staff..

PS this is his 2nd head...

and his name is DAVE

Friday 17 December 2010

Snow, Ice, Christmas...Bah Humbug!

This time next week it'll be Christmas Eve & I know that fills some of your hearts with joy & merriment!

Me - I'm your very own Christmas Grinch - not amused by it all & very definitely not the crazy weather - I mean have you tried walking anywhere?! It's a death-trap-ice-rink out there!

But in spite of my Grinch-iness, I am compiling all you lovely peeps a fun ol' Christmas & Winter-Wonderland themed Quiz for next Tuesday - 21st December.

Oh & I caved in to pressure & much pitiful whining & bought the bar boys some mistletoe - so all you loverly ladies (& guys) pucker up & give 'em somat to smile about whilst they're grafting during this festive season!

Monday 13 December 2010


Quiz Night is upon us once again.....

And this time it's entitled -
'Space, the Final Frontier - to Infinity & Beyond'

Fairly broad, but even i don't know what to expect - I've not finished it yet!

Looking like a late night for me (again).

Start time is 9.30pm, but why not come down a bit earlier & make an evening of it? grab some great pub grub & have a couple of jars before the off!

Jamie the Christmas Fairy

What a lovely job J did on the tree - shame he made it complicated for himself by putting the lights on last!

Looks great tho. Pub looking like there's been a cross between an explosion in a glitter factory and a bordello....

but it's feeling festive, and the mulled wine and cider are flowing freely!

I've even stopped being the ultimate grinch of Christmas and caved in and brought Christmas cards and even mistletoe - to keep the bar boys happy in their never-ending quest for romance - or maybe just a smooch with the loverly ladies...!

Merry Christmas one and all

Saturday 11 December 2010

Last SKA PARTY of 2010 - Trojan Pete

The usual shennanigans from Pete

Lots of Reggae, Ska And 2-Tone.

Its the Ultimate SKA PARTY...

join Pete from about 8.30 for drinks, food and dancing

all aboard the Ska Train...


Wednesday 8 December 2010

I saw this little disaster at the end of Despard Road... oops!

how long do we think this will stay like this ?
Blimey, they used to do this in the Northwest of England too..

But there was usually a cashpoint machine missing.

Anybody know what happend???

Tuesday 7 December 2010

The Quiz starts after the Spurs match

Tonight's Quiz is centred on CAUSE CELEBRE.

its about people who are in the limelight for the wrong reasons

pop down and identify the people who oppose social acceptability

Wednesday 1 December 2010

see ya later lovlies, i've had a blast!

but doesn't mean I love you any less!

I've had a great time getting to know you, you've been great. It's been emotional..?!

Keep on, 'keeping on' me loverlies' ; especially you crazy ninjas you!

Train hard & party on!

This is goodbye....the end....

What happend to the summer ?

well its a bit cold...

not sold any Guinness EXTRA COLD today...

getting big and heavy now -

might even get a snowman out of it.....!

Tuesday 30 November 2010

our Links page - is good to follow

click the image to go directly to our links page.

If you wish to be linked by us - all we ask is you return the link.

contact for all enquiries or come in the pub !

hope you find something useful..

Monday 29 November 2010


Well, it's quiz night, and yes, I've baked the cake...

but now we're in a quandary - is it cheese or is it cake? It's not cheesecake (too easy!)

It's both!

There's a cake (chocolate fudge if you're askin'), but it's all about winning the cheese!

all hail the most Trivial of Pursuits!


Well, tommorrow night is Quiz Night, and guess what?

I've baked a cake! There's a first time for everything...

So, the quiz covers six categories - just like a game of Trivial Pursuit. Plus there's plenty of current affairs in there, so I hope you've being paying attention to the goings on in the world over the last bit...

Quiz - bring on the cheese - but it's cake!


see you tomo for much fun n' larks!

Wednesday 24 November 2010


Its nearly Quiz night - so go gen up on everything.... The cake is in the oven, Questions in the safe and Game format to blow yer socks off - c'ya Tuesday


Broad subject range next week - based on the categories found in a game of Trivial Pursuit....


Plus, I'll be throwing in some current affairs relevant to the categories.... bring on the cheese!

Monday 22 November 2010


Tuesday Quiz Night has rolled around again & this time it's all about man (& woman) throughout history....

development, history, inventions, exploration, philosophy.....

it's a biggie, but lets face it, there's a lot of source material to work from! We're a pretty diverse species.

shall be spending the evening crafting you guys a quiz, so see you at the bar!

quiz will start circa 9.30pm after the football, so why not head on down for some great pub grub & the match, and round off your evening by exercising your little grey cells!

Saturday 20 November 2010

The Charlotte Despard Blogathon: About Charlotte Despard

The Charlotte Despard Blogathon: About Charlotte Despard: "Charlotte French, the daughter of William French, a naval commander from Ireland, was born in Ripple, Kent, in 1844. By the age of ten her ..."

Monday 15 November 2010


QUIZ NIGHT rolls around again & this time we'll be asking you to exercise not just your brains, but your....

& fingertips!

somat a bit different & a bit fun!

see you for fun & games Tuesday 16th @ 9.30 for quiz; or why not come a little earlier & grab some food & make an evening of it?

Sunday 14 November 2010

Trojan Pete has a ball once again

Trojan Pete asks the Party " Whats my number"

lets put it this way - 54 46 - thats my number...

check the video for all the proof..

Wednesday 10 November 2010


Next weeks quiz is going to be all about the realm of the senses....

NOT the rudey art-house film of the same name, but sight, sound, smell, taste & touch!

We're going to have a lot of fun with this one!

You're going to have to exercise your minds in all sorts of new ways!

See you Tuesday 16th for all things quiziness!

Quiz will commence at 9.30pm, but why not come down a bit earlier for some lovely food & make a right proper evening of it?

Tuesday 9 November 2010

Yep its Tuesday - Quizzness is here

Brainboxes - telly addicts and funseekers...

come by after 9pm and join our celebrated quiz.

Prizes & Fun

Free to enter

and usually everyone gets drunk..

Monday 8 November 2010

Question: is it normal to have to ask 6 times to get the simple fundementals done?

I hereby acknowledge that everybody else is normal and sain -

Although i help most people and have the for-sight to ensure easy passage for all around me.
I also use good English. to make sure there is no way of misconstruing my meaning.
I can show and teach ppl who dont understand.
My portions are big - i cook meals with love -
I go the extra mile -
I have an opinion -
I ask for nothing except courtesy, honesty and respect..

there are about 10% around me who give that - and that is poor

If you cant beat em  - join em ... they used to say...
I think my new model is just do what everyone else does - they shouldnt be pissed off if the model is the same as theirs.

Wednesday 3 November 2010


Another Tuesday Quiz Night in the bag, and my mind is set to wonder about next weeks offering.

As you must know by now we try & do it a little differently at The Despard....

....a good cross-section of questions difficulty-wise, but we don't take it too seriously (lots of good natured banter and funness!)

And these days there's always a theme.

At some stage I'd like to do a quiz based on the senses - taste, touch, sight, smell.... could be fun!

but it's going to need some serious prep, so for now, i shall continue my musings re next week....

...any & all suggestions gratefully received & considered!

Saturday 30 October 2010



After many a wasted hour attempting to collate 70 questions on the subject of all things Bonfire Night & finding it nigh on impossible to formulate a quiz suitable for anyone other than a total bonfire anorak.....

Tuesday's quiz is now on all things "Cool Britannia"....

Remember when it were so?

Broad subject base - film, social change, music, fashion, art, you name it.

Looks like a long night of question formulating for me, so I hope to see you on Tuesday, 9.30pm!

PS - The quiz title may've changed but I'm still determined on the indoor fireworks!

Friday 29 October 2010

Our local Parkour nutters.

Action shot of our local airborne humans

They leap over the subway and sometimes ...

land on the A1 just in front of a bus..

so if you hear  ppl on yer roof - its probably this lot takin a short cut to the chippy !

Wednesday 27 October 2010

Well, seen as its got cold again...

I think we'll put a nice hot soup back on the menu.


new menu - very shortly as well as a Christmas menu

Monday 25 October 2010




tis quiz night again tomorrow eve. once again i am spending another night in front of the 'puter, and i'll be spending the afternoon tomo carving pumpkins....

.....but it's worth it & I do love it so! especially as I've got 10kgs of dry ice arriving tomo - oh yes, i'm going all out on this one....

atmospherics, bring it on!

so come on down for a fun, spooky evening.

dry ice, jack o'lanterns & can you not?!

Sunday 24 October 2010



Great night had by all last eve - the inaugural session of


hosted by the lovely Michelle & Paul, was a resounding success!

It's most definitely going to be a regular monthly occurrence on the third Saturday of the month....
.....or maybe even bi-monthly, if we ask 'em nicely....

It's something that will develop, and we hope to be bringing you live acoustic sessions mixed up with dj's in the not to distant future.

See you for the next one!

Sun is Shining

might as well pop down for a sandwich and a pint

Friday 22 October 2010


 Tonight Eva and I attacks, rocking the speaker stacks... Girl v boy DJ's!

Come earlier for food and wine, or pitch up later for an night time drinkie poos! DJing from 9pm and LATE in the Archway Massive!!

Wednesday 20 October 2010


Well done to last nights quiz winners -


Hope to see you guys back next week to defend your title.....

....and as you've probably guessed, next weeks quiz has a Halloween theme, so not only shall I be devising a fiendish & spooky quiz, looks like I'll also be putting in some hours carving some pumpkins!

See you on Tuesday!

Tuesday 19 October 2010

YO YO YO - Quiz night beckons @ The Charlotte Despard

Quiz all about London

How easy is that >>??

stuff right on yer doorstep

come and have a go from about 9:30 pm

Monday 18 October 2010

Wednesday night shennanigans - Part 1 @ Proud in 2 Weeks

if you dont have school on a Thursday -
there's abig party on

Wednesday the 3rd of November

DUNYA DANCE - @ PROUD CAMDEN - The stables - Camden

 All the event details can be found here

Find more artists like Chizza Chong at Myspace Music

Sunday 17 October 2010

Indie Night

Calling all you Indie boys n'girls...

This Saturday marks the start of a monthly Saturday night devoted to all things Indie - and that's a big umbrella!

Get your diaries out & mark down the third Saturday of each month as Indie Night @ the Despard.

Discs will be spun & as the night builds live, acoustic acts will perform live for your pleasure...

JAZZ from the TONY BURNS quartet - this evening

Yes Tony and his Jazz returns to the Charlotte Despard tonight.

Mainstream Jazz played from around 8:30pm

come and join Tony and his pals for some laid back jazz favourites

Thursday 14 October 2010

...and the pub is now completely green

Nat has finished painting the pub -

so here it is a green as you like..

and the passer by is Nick !

Wednesday 13 October 2010

Quiz Night all about London Town...INNIT!


next weeks quiz is all about London Town....somat that these lovelies would know all about.

It'll be a mixed bag, but it'll all most certainly all link back to this fair city of ours... gen up on your local knowledge and chow down on some pie & mash and some jellied eels (brain food don't'cha know!?)

As always, as there's a theme to the quiz, there'll be a theme to the prizes. Quite how last weeks retro sweeties (see previous blog photos) and the legendary Etch-A-Sketch can be topped, I'm still pondering!

But rest assured, I'll come up with somat good if it kills me!

So, hope to see you on Tuesday for QUIZ!!

There's football of some variety on Tues, so, kick off for the quiz will be 9.30pm.

Congratulations to Team Akabussi for winning last night's 'Childhood Whimsey' quiz. But well done to the the other teams, especially second placed Bob Fossil.

Have already started work on next week's quiz -

"London, innit!"

got lots of fun ideas, so I hope you'll all come and take part.

Any suggestions for themed quizes are always welcome, just instant message the pub via the webpage -

Monday 11 October 2010

Quiz night is approaching - time to swot up

ooooh, its nearly quiz night -

Amber has prepared hard

bring thinking caps and be prepared to cast back to your childhood

i'm looking forward to the sweetie rewards !!!

see you at the quiz @ The Charlotte Despard

Saturday 9 October 2010

Quiz Night - Childhood Whimsey....

Tuesday rolls around again, which means it's Quiz Night ....

..... and this time, the theme is childhood memories!

No matter your age, cast your mind back and remember those halcyon days....., music, books, board games, comics, sweets....

and speaking of sweets, we're fully loaded with flying saucers, popping candy and pez dispensers (remember them?!)

age is no barrier....we'll be covering every era, so come play!

All aboard - the SKA train

TROJAN PETE is back tonight for his monthly SKA party

playing the finest in old reggae and two tone ska

starts about 9pm and we still jumpin round about 1am

see you at the bar

Friday 8 October 2010

HOWARD is back tonight - yes its FRIDAY @ The Charlotte Despard


playing the finest Ibiza Chill-out and funky beats - 

check Howard from about 9pm til 1am

sitting down is OK... but once you start tapping...
you are invited to dance.

See you all @ The Charlotte Despard

More Real Ales at the Despard

For a while now we have stocked Timothy Taylor Landlord Bitter 4.3% ABV and Sambrook's Wandle 3.8% ABV as our two main real ales. Taylor is a great Ale and I think I'm correct in claiming that it has won more awards than any other real ale. Wandle is a locally produced ale. Its brewed in Battersea by Sambrooks Brewery who have have only been brewing for 2yrs now. Both are great ales and will remain remain as our main offering on hand pump.

We are now expanding our Real Ale offering by serving 2 guest ales directly from the cask. We are very keen to support locally produced ales and have been a member of CAMRA's LocAle scheme for well over a year now. So one of these ales will always be sourced from a local supplier - thats a brewer who is based within 30 miles of London. The craft brewing industry is booming in London and the South East with new brewers opening up almost every month or so it seems so there's great variety out there!

Right now we have two local guest beers - Urban Dusk 4.6% ABV which is a lovely deep ruby bitter and Redemption Pale Ale 3.6% which is a great fresh tasting pale ale. Both are from Redemption brewery who are based up in Tottenham, near Ikea in fact!

The second guest spot will go to beers sourced from the rest of the UK. Sometimes it will be a big name like Hob Goblin and sometimes it will be something are bit harder to find in London. Either way they'll be great beers.

So keep an eye on the site to see what we have coming in and even better come on down and try them out!

If you have any suggestion for guest ales we should try out drop us email via the website

Cheers for now


Thursday 7 October 2010

Maintenance day

Nope not got fork out to the ex but gotta do a whole load of DIY today - joy! There's going to be a load of screwing, banging and nailing going on and not of the type I enjoy!!!

And at long last the weather seems set to be good for a while so I'm gonna get the damn painting done too!!



Wednesday 6 October 2010

PUB OF THE SEASON !!! - yippee -

Last night not only did we have our regular quizathon

but the heavy's from CAMRA popped down to drop off an award.. ( more from NAT later )

NORFOLK & GOODE won the quiz by HALF a point - blimey !!

Nat said... Wow, what night last night was!

Monday 4 October 2010

Friday 1 October 2010

Balearic Beats anyone ??

Yes yes - its Friday, the weekend has landed...
Howard is downloading ( close the door Howard)
Bar is stocked 
and we've even polished the danceflooor..


Saturday 25 September 2010

Tuesday is Quiz Night & Bingo!


And in this case, it also means bingo....

Yes, you've guessed's quiz... and it's BINGO....

which means that it's QUINGO!

Quiz questions, bingo cards, prizes ..... and you don't need to pay cash money or have a blue rinse, sensible shoes and a cardi to enter!
(although if you do, you are very much welcome!)

Start time will be 9pm / 9.30pm (after any footie shown) hope to see you there

Man City - Chelsea now on the telly

C'mon City

Friday 24 September 2010

FRIDAY is here - COME & SEE HOWARD and then dance.

Its as simple as that !!

we got the drinks menu to die for...

food to mop up the beer on a plate the size of lichenstien

Eclectic tunes to blend you through the evening

and loads of  buses to and from all night..
I mean - am i selling this right >???

Thursday 23 September 2010

Its almost Friday night...which means - DJ Howard Hill

Every Friday - Join Howard on an eventful journey of music.
Always changing and songs you havn't heard for ages..

Why not join us every Friday from 9pm - to enjoy Howard's tuneful cruise.. see you there !

Tuesday 21 September 2010

morning all - don't forget the quiz tonight - seems i'll be wearing a gown

Bring cameras as well as knowledge...
be prepared for jelly....
and, think outside of the box....

and dress up if you want - Amber has been borrowed a Tux (blimey)

Monday 20 September 2010

Movie quiz - Tuesday night - well, Oscars ceremony.

Its almost quiz time again -

Amber & The Chef have got this little MOVIE style beauty together.

There are questions, prizes, fun and more

See if you can beat last weeks winners - they have been swatting !!!

so if you know about BOND, or PIXAR... come and  win an OSCAR

Sunday 19 September 2010

This jolly fella in his best bib and tucker..

Nice Corporate do... with lots of FREE BAR attitude ??

James - you are the happiest dood at the bar

I have another pic in the MAGIC DANCING HAT - thats for later tho.

Friday 17 September 2010

TONIGHT : Howard Hill plays The Charlotte Despard

DJ Howard Hill - TONIGHT 

playing the finest Ibiza Chill-out and funky beats - 

check Howard from about 9pm til 1am

sitting down is OK... but once you start tapping...
you are invited to dance.

See you all @ The Charlotte Despard
Mwah X

Thursday 16 September 2010

Beer tasting coming to the Charlotte soon

Bar Bint attended a beer tasting last evening hosted by the nice man from the Dutch brewery Texels, and Mike from Utobeer.

Sampled some great beers, some of which will be coming soon to our stock.... watch this space!

MOVIE QUIZ - coming up - here's a teaser..

1st of all.... A big congrats to our MUSIC QUIZ winners... Jonathan and his team.. DAVE DEE BEAKY TITCH ETC...

The prize: dinner for the whole team on me - and wine provided by Amber...


so come and see if you can win " A Charlie " -