I'm not in the usual age group that uses the GU (a young 60ish thing!) but I must say that I consider it an excellent bar- service is impecable, the ambiance is perfect whatever time of day or night, pricing structure fair and, one thing that is normally missing at venues such as the GU, good and friendly door supervisers.
The DS are the first and last people one encounters and the wrong attitude can either make or break one's visit. Fortunately though, at the GU, they could all qualify to work for the Corps Diplomatique!Being a former publican (Blue Anchor, Portsmouth some twenty years ago) I still follow licensed trade activities and, as such, keep up-to-date with the trade bible "The Morning Advertiser".
I was extremely interested to read in the last issue that GU are on track to open more similar venues and in this respect I would like to reccommend that the directors take a look at Hackney, London E8. There is a venue on Mare Street, just adjacent to Hackney Central Overground Station that has stood empty for the last eighteen months.
It was formerly a venue called Hackney Central (the building is the former Mare Street [Hackney] railway station before the new station next door opened) and I feel that this would make a great cool venue for another GU outlet. It is on two levels and when it was trading it was a cross between a bar, grill, night club and a venue for private functions upstairs.
With Hackney on the up-and-up, coupled with the fact that the tube is shortly to run through nearby Dalston (half-a-mile away), it won't be long before the area becomes another Hoxton, Islington, Shoreditch or Camden so maybe this would be a good opportunity to consider opening a GU venue in Hackney. As an idcicator of Hackney's popularity, much property in the area is being snapped-up; it's also served by many all-night buses so transport 24/7 is never a problem!)In the meantime, keep up the good work at Camden Road!