Hackney Wick pub dating back to 1844 has opening hours cut due to noise complaints
PUBLISHED: 18:38 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 18:42 20 September 2018
A pub in Hackney Wick which dates back to 1844 has had its weekend hours slashed following complaints from neighbours about noisy revellers.
The Lighthouse in Wick Lane, had previously been slapped with a noise prevention notice at the beginning of August but yesterday at licensing review it was told by the council it must cut its opening hours.
The pub, which is managed by Rinesh “Ren” Patel, was allowed to serve alcohol until 2am on Fridays and had a 24 hour licence at weekends but must now close at midnight on a Friday and Saturday and 10.30pm on a Sunday.
Residents living in a block of flats called Ink Court nearby claimed they were being forced out of their homes because of the noise emanating from the bar.
The locals in the £500,000 two-bedroom flats complained that the pub’s customers “shout at all hours, urinate in the street and block the roads” – and claimed Mr Patel did nothing to stop them.
Emma Lloyd said: “He (Mr Patel) was very aggressive and said: “You want me to control my customers? You’re ‘aving a f***ing bubble ain’t ya love? This is the East End, come down here and ‘ave it.’
“I told him about the customers urinating [in the street], to which he said: ‘Nah nah nah, I’ve just thrown water there’.
“I told I had seen one of his customers on film weeing up the side of the wall. His aggressive tone came back and told me to ‘f**k off’. I still cannot believe the way I was spoken to.”
John Sharp, who lives over the road from the pub, claims a customer smashed his living room window after one all-night party.
He added: “I sleep with earplugs and I feel uncomfortable in my own home. On occasions customers have been outside my bedroom shouting at 11am the next morning.”
Mr Patel has denied ever being aggressive and said he has “always been respectful” of residents.
Kishan Bhatt, who lives above The Lighthouse, defended the pub.
He said: “In two years I have only been woken up once by the noise downstairs. I went down and complained and [the landlord] was very polite and turned it down.”
Councillor Peter Gold said: “Our borough tries its best to preserve the pub trade. But a licensed premise must work with the local community.
“We were taken aback with your extraordinary decision to close the road of at your convenience. You have no entitlement to do that. We are amending your licence to the framework of the council.
“You can apply for temporary event licences. And you have extended hours on saints days. This is in line with other pubs in the borough.”