It’s good news for north London pubs at the moment. After The Belrose, Steeles, White Horse and more coming back to life this autumn, yesterday’s news that the team from Kentish Town icon The Pineapple were taking over Camden’s Daughter was met with a fair rapturous response from all quarters.
Next up is historic pub the Duke of Hamilton up in lofty New End, right near the Heath. Today it’s reopened the under the management of Hampstead-born brothers Ben and Ed Robson and pal Adam Gostyn (pictured above), best known locally as the former managers of The Horseshoe. And who else is chucking a bit of cash at it? Keyboardist Andy Fletcher from Depeche Mode. Well, this is affluent NW3, after all.
The former stomping ground of actors – unbelievably including Oliver Reed, Peter O’Toole and Richard Burton – thankfully has retained many of its ancient (circa 700) features, including iconic bar and two large outdoor areas in the front and back.
The menu now focuses on seasonal British produce and classics, such as boneless wings, a Saturday brunch offer, roasts and a special Duke of Hamilton brew. The trio also plan to host drinks events in partnership with key producers and suppliers, such as wine and whisky tastings.
Downstairs, the Hampstead Jazz Club is to host intimate live performances by a variety of musicians, from established stars to emerging talent: the comfy space will be available for live recordings, rehearsals, and workshops too. In-house band All Stars will be kicking things off tonight, with future acts ranging from pianist Jamie Safir & Friends (15th November), to vocalist, guitarist and composer Allan Harris (17th) and Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio (23rd).
“Bringing such an iconic pub back to life is a dream come true; we’re delighted to be able to give something back to the community,” say the threesome, hopefully in unison.
Time to climb the hill this weekend.