As reported by The Morning Advertiser, the Lord Palmerston had closed its doors under mysterious circumstances in October, with owners leaving a scrawled sign which read “closed until further notice” in one of the pub’s windows.
It was later confirmed in a statement by Young’s that the pub was to join their estate, would be undergoing refurbishment from 16 October, and would re-open in November.
Joining Young's Estate
However, the pub, which lies on Dartmouth Park Hill Road on the border between Camden and Islington, will be opening its doors tonight (9 November), after three weeks of round the clock work, before a larger opening night on 30 November featuring live music and showcases from local alcohol companies such as Sipsmith Gin and Camden Town Brewery. Around 200 people are expected to attend.
Under the management of general manager Carlos Loureiro, who has more than 20 years in the pub and restaurant industry, the Lord Palmerston has been given a new menu – offering traditional British food made from local produce - and a colourful revamp which plays upon Tufnell Park’s local history as a hotspot for dairy farms.
Riffing on local heritage
The extensive renovation, which cost £250,000, includes an upgraded restaurant named The Dairy, improvements to front and rear gardens, private dining areas – The Viceroy’s Room and The Lord’s Room in homage to the former Prime Minister from whom the pub gets its name – and a new projector in the upstairs Lord’s Room so that the Tufnell Park film club can continue to hold weekly events at the North London venue.
Loureiro intends to re-establish the pub as a mainstay of the local community after the outcry generated by the pub’s unexpected closure last month and is already taking bookings for the Christmas period.
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