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Goldwyn’s Nightclub – Suffolk Place

The site of Goldwyn's Nighclub - Suffolk Place

The site of Goldwyn's Nightclub - Suffolk Place

Aimed at a slightly more upmarket crowd than Boogies and Edward’s nightclubs and bars just around the corner, with the opening of Goldwyn’s nightclub in  1989 – along with Paramount bar beneath it in 1988 – Edward Fewtrell aimed to tap-in to the theatre-going public (the Alexandra theatre being next door) and to present live cabaret-style acts and charity ‘dinners’ etc in a nicely decorated and furnished environment:  a cross between what had previously been attempted with Abigail’s and the more run of the mill nightclubs elsewhere in the City.

Whilst it did function for the above purpose on occasion, it largely became a conventional nightclub and became increasingly used for hosting the gigs of larger bands on behalf of Edward’s Number 8 – Nirvana, for example, played here!

When Ansell’s bought Mr Fewtrell’s chain of clubs and bars later in 1989 they moved into the offices above Goldwyn’s to preside over their new ’empire’.

I can’t say for certain whether or not the above building actually part-comprises the original Goldwyn’s premises as I wasn’t around when the office block above was built but would be interested to hear from anyone with more information.  For orientation purposes, the entrance to the club was where the black roller shutter can be seen behind the road sign.

Following the ‘Goldwyn’s era, the premises became The Foundry and Mr Bill’s Bier Keller which had uprooted from Nedless Alley, off New Street before total closure as a licensed establishment.

My abiding memory is of Texas playing there and during the sound check a severe rainstorm led to a roof leak above the stage.  An irate PR person from the concert promoter stormed over to the sadly now late Don Fewtrell – manager and brother of owner Edward Fewtrell – to vent her spleen about the problem:  “the roof’s leaking onto the band . . . what are we going to do?” she ranted – “get f***ing wet” came Don’s reply . . . magic!


2 comments for “Goldwyn’s Nightclub – Suffolk Place”

  1. Do you know what happened to the girl that managed it, Tracey Westwood was her name?

    Posted by robert barry | May 6, 2009, 2:29 pm
  2. No I don’t but do recall that she was Eddie Fewtrell’s PA when not running the bar. However, after Ansell’s got stuck in to the club I have a vague memory of her succumbing to the Ansell’s Axe (as did many ex-Fewtrell employees) following some late night lock-in shennanigans . . . from then on I don’t know what became of her.

    Posted by Andy Doherty | May 7, 2009, 7:59 pm

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