After last month's report on pub closures, we have some better news to drink to this month. Westminster City Council are reviewing whether to strengthen the protection for pubs, by putting in place an “Article 4 directive” to prevent permitted development rights. We welcome this step and if this approach is adopted we will be asking you which pubs you would like to see greater protection of to prevent change of use.
The Dover Castle in Weymouth Mews we are pleased to report will be reopened by the Howard de Walden Estate as a “Traditional Pub” with a new operator, once some building works have been completed.
If you fancy owning your own pub, the Duke of Wellington on Crawford Street is on the market for offer in excess of £4m contact the selling agent www.michaelelliott.co.uk for details.
Finally the plans for the Tudor Rose on Blandford Street are being redesigned retaining the old windows and we hear encouraging signs that the landlord in insisting on making sure draft beer is also served alongside your glass of the rather excellent Margaux!
This month the Italian restaurant Fucina opens on the site of the former Apollo pub on Paddington Street. Australia-born Kurt Zdesar is behind this organic Italian restaurant and bakery. Heading up the kitchen is Stefano Stecca, former head chef at Toto’s in Chelsea. Fucina is clearly going to be worth a visit when it opens on the 3 October. www.fucina.co.uk