My word, it’s all go in Kentish Town right now. In the same calendar month that the new cinema has been approved, subterranean cocktail bar Ladies and Gentlemen was given the green light, new all-day bistro Upstairs is to open in the former Mamma Mia, and the Torriano is being rebooted as the Rose & Crown, Young’s have finally been given the all clear to get to work on the Bull & Gate.
“We’re thrilled that planning permission was approved by an overwhelming majority,” says Young’s director Patrick Dardis. “The council committee recognised that it is clear that Young’s proposals will much enhance the venue, retaining and enhancing original features, bringing this historic, community pub back to life.”
Of course, it’s a shame that the music venue will no longer exist – in fact, read our paean to its closing night right here – but we would 100% rather have a pub that serves good food and drink back open and packed, than yet more luxury flats – or, worse still, a boarded-up knackered old building. Wouldn’t you?
And the once-iconic music pub – which famously has seen everyone through its doors from Blur to Coldplay – has, lest we forget, been lying dormant for nearly 18 months since the owners sold it amidst protests that its future was simply unviable.
But anyway, with yesterday’s approval, that’s all now in the past. And, interior revamp aside (see box), what happens next? “We have been busy planning an amazing menu,” says Dardis. “Food will be fresh, simple and seasonal and will include all the pub classics as well as some lighter, more delicate dishes. On our bar you can expect to find a range of cask conditioned ales as well as craft beers, spirits, cocktails and a selection of wines from around the world.”
The last word? Reader Fred mused earlier this year in our comments section: “It’s a pity that the music venue shut, but nobody was prepared to put their money where their mouth was, buy and run it. As an alternative between flats and a pub selling good beer, I far prefer the latter.”
What do you think?