Marmalade Pubs announces first three sites

By James Wallin, MCA

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Incredibly vibrant: Marmalade Pubs has announced its first three sites
Incredibly vibrant: Marmalade Pubs has announced its first three sites

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Marmalade Pubs, the joint venture between Ei Group and Marylebone Leisure, has announced its first three sites.

The group has taken on the former Molly Maggs in Soho, which will re-open as the Compton Cross later this summer. 

It will also take on the Portobello Star in Notting Hill, which will re-open after a “significant refurbishment” and The Crown and Treaty in Uxbridge, due to open this autumn.

It comes exactly a year after the six-strong Marylebone Leisure was unveiled as Ei Group’s sixth managed expert partnership.

Co-founder of the Marylebone Leisure Group and Marmalade Pub Company, Lawrence Santi said: “Soho is an incredibly vibrant area of London and we are so excited to be launching our first venue there.

“Molly Moggs has traditionally been positioned as an LGBT+ venue and we fully recognise the importance of this status for local people. As such we’ve been working closely with London’s Night Czar, Amy Lamé, to ensure that the Compton Cross continues to be a fully inclusive and welcoming venue for all members of the local community and visitors to the area.

“As with all Marmalade Pub Company sites, the back-bar will be made up almost entirely of our own spirits and liqueurs, with cocktails made by our fully-trained team of mixologists, so we’re bringing something different to Soho.”

Nathan Wall, operations director for Ei Managed Investments, said: “We are delighted to have found some fantastic venues for The Marmalade Pub Company set to open this year, the first of which being The Compton Cross. We’re excited to see them all open and help enrich the local communities they’ll serve.

“Our Soho site is the oldest pub in the area having opened in 1731. During that time it’s seen many different guises and has been known as Molly Moggs since 1996. We’d like to thank experienced publican Jimmy McGrath and his team for temporarily running the venue as the much-loved Molly Moggs while we prepare for refurbishment works that will take the pub in a new direction, but one that will continue to embrace all the local diversity and culture of Soho.”

Lamé said: “The Marmalade Pub Company has become the first signatory of the new LGBT+ Venues Charter which I have developed alongside The Mayor to help safeguard venues for the LGBT+ community. We are delighted that The Compton Cross (formerly Molly Moggs) will continue to be an LGBT+ venue.”

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