London pub reopens following £100,000 Punch investment

By Helen Gilbert

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Cheers: new publicans Ed Clifton (right) and Lukasz Adamczyk toast the new-look Brunel
Cheers: new publicans Ed Clifton (right) and Lukasz Adamczyk toast the new-look Brunel

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A London pub has reopened following a £100,000 investment from Punch Taverns and with two new publicans at the helm.

Ed Clifton and Lukasz Adamczyk have taken over the the Brunel, on Swan Road in Rotherhithe, as part of Punch’s managed Falcon arm.

The riverside site was close for two months for refurbishment before reopening last week with new carpet, light fittings, wall tiling, a refitted ladies toilet and new decking in the garden.

“This is an exciting new venture for us,” said Clifton, who previously worked as a sound engineer in the TV industry.

“Every time Lukasz and I visit a pub we talk about what we would change and do differently if we were running it and so we decided it was high time to practise what we preach.

“As soon as we saw the Brunel we knew it had great potential.

It’s an attractive riverside pub in a great location and this investment has given it a stunning new look.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming customers and showing them the improvements that have been made.”

The licensees plan to introduce a food offer over the coming months - Adamczyk has 15 years’ experience in the restaurant trade and has previously worked at high-profile establishments including Gordon Ramsay’s Pétrus and the Bel and the Dragon, in Windsor.

Book-club mornings, comedy nights, mother-and-baby groups and a cinema club are among other plans for the pub.

Punch openings manager Amie Bullock said: “Ed and Lukasz are great to work with - they have endless amounts of enthusiasm and a determination to put the Brunel at the hub of the community.

We are proud to be supporting them in this new venture.”

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