The site of the BNW dates back for many centuries. Local legend tells us that originally a Tavern & Bakery was built there as a ‘Coach Stop & Rest’ for affluent travelers en route from wealthy Guildford to London. The tavern boasted a clean fresh water spring beneath it, which in those days was a god send for both horses and travellers alike, although the current owner may not share those sentiments today.. However, it is reputed a certain King Charles visited the tavern for refreshment, thus giving rise to the dirt track road passing through the farm that is now ‘Fish Ponds’ being aptly named King Charles Road.
The original tavern was eventually demolished, giving way to a better equipped public house on the site, and in classic English tradition was named The Bun Shop in recognition of its former bakery/inn incarnation. Over the years The Bun Shop became a well established venue for music of all kinds, hosting amongst other things – Jazz Clubs – nice, and more regularly, rock musicians both local and international in the rear function room club, created by Jeremy Talbot and aptly named ‘The Oven’.
Later, with a little help from a certain comedy entrepreneur, the oven incorporated a comedy club into its activities and gave working opportunities to many a Stand-Up. Names such as Lee Evans, Jo Brand, Tim Vine, Paul Merton, Lee Mack, Jim Tavare etc. all did their stuff at the venue.
In the 1990’s The Bun was revamped and became The Brave New World, the function room/performance area being increased in size and now boasting a quaint courtyard area for sunny day seating.
The interior design and undertaken work that completely changed the premises was done by a young RCA Graduate designer recommended by a certain Bob Geldof. The finished article became in its own right, a unique testimony to modern art from floors to ceiling with sculptured fittings & fixtures throughout.
(With a big thank you to our historian-in-chief, Mr. P.Buckley)