MUST DO: Dartmouth Arms changes hands. Plus ex-Junction chef’s next move

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And the Gipsy Queen in Gospel Oak launches new live music nights on Fridays


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Maroon dark room at the Dartmouth Arms
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DARTMOUTH PARK: Dartmouth Arms has a new owner

Decent pub proprietor Andy Bird, the guy who fought against the developers, has deserted his baby. It’s now under the auspices of Disappearing Dining Club, the food-and-drink collective who host pop-ups across the capital. “Our plan is to keep the Dartmouth as a great community pub with a focus on great food, drinks, music and good times,” says head honcho Stuart Langley. “We’ve rethought the snacks, hot and cold bar food and Sunday lunches, accompanied by vinyl-only DJs and the occasional live band.” Sounds promising enough. 35 York Rise NW5, more here.

BELSIZE PARK: Ex-Junction chef’s Just Pop & Pour

Chefs prepping one of seven courses. Photo: Facebook
We were fans of chef Will Robertson at The Junction on Fortess Road – so were pleased his latest project is twice-weekly suppers matched with vinos at Ginger & White, England’s Lane NW3. Seven tasting courses are paired with a selection of wines. Until 29th Sept. Tickets available here.

GOSPEL OAK: Gipsy Jams on Malden Road

Gipsy Queen
The Gipsy Queen. Photo: GQ
Meanwhile, over in Gospel Oak new weekend music night Gipsy Jams sees singer songwriters perform a mix of covers and originals, from interesting twists on classic covers to brand new choons by talented young musicians. A fresh food menu from Chicago Rib Shack is now in situ in the kitchen, should you require a meaty accompaniment to soak up the pretty strong range of craft beer. Fridays 8.30pm-10:30pm, 166 Malden Road NW5, more here.


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