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They must not knock down the irreplaceable Compton Arms

10 November, 2017

Publican Malcolm Mant at the Compton Arms

• AS one of the “devoted regulars” at the Compton Arms, I obviously dread the thought of it being knocked down and replaced by flats (Calling time on Orwell boozer, November 3).

It is completely irreplaceable; let us hope that no purchaser is insensitive enough to destroy it.

It is true that the Compton’s regulars include some single men, but they also include women (including me), couples and dogs (Ned, Alfie and Ted, to name but three).

On home match days the pub is packed with Arsenal fans, and, owing to the proximity of the Union Chapel, it is often crowded with audiences and performers, many of them young.

Islington town hall is just around the corner, and groups of wedding guests frequently pop in. You may also spot the occasional stage or television actor.

And there’s good food too – lunch costs only a fiver on weekdays before 3pm. To say that this is a pub worth saving is a massive understatement.

EMILY MORRIS
Ripplevale Grove, N1

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