A historic Shepherd’s Bush pub which closed without warning earlier this year reopened on Friday (October 20).
The Princess Victoria, popular with locals as well as celebrity chefs and food writers, opened its doors again at midday after coming under new management .
Its sudden closure at the end of June took staff and customers by shock, with Brexit blamed for the demise.
Now the Uxbridge Road venue has benefited from a full exterior and interior makeover after it was acquired by the Three Cheers Pub Company.
The pub’s kitchen opened later the same day at 6pm.
The revamped award-winning pub boasts new front terrace in addition to a bar and dining room, private room and courtyard garden, with more than 100 gins and 40 beers on offer to complement a carefully chosen wine list and seasonal British menus.
The landmark former Victorian gin palace, with its soaring ceilings, dates back to the early 19th century and was once owned by Richard Branson.
The restaurant caters for 150 customers downstairs, 95 outside, and include a first floor function room seating 70.
Known and admired for its menu by the likes of chef Nigella Lawson and food writer Anthony Bourdain before its closure, the pub’s menu will concentrate on great British produce and robust flavours, with a focus on Scotch eggs, British charcuterie, puff pastry pies, artisan pizzas and flatbreads.
Three Cheers has pubs in Clapham, Battersea, Balham, Dulwich and Kennington, and is owned by Tom Peake, Mark Reynolds and Nick Fox.
Mr Peake said: “We are absolutely delighted to confirm we are taking on The Princess Victoria.
“It is such a well-loved pub with a rich history and we can’t wait to breathe new life into it.”
The Princess Victoria, which poured its first pint back in 1829, closed suddenly on June 30 under previous owners Affinity Bars and Restaurants – an independent operator – which also shut down three other pubs that it ran across London, blaming Brexit for creating volatile market conditions.
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