From promotion to operation - drinks agency takes on pub

By Stuart Stone

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On target: specialist drinks agency Sweet&Chilli has taken over the 19th century Gunmakers pub
On target: specialist drinks agency Sweet&Chilli has taken over the 19th century Gunmakers pub

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Victorian pub the Gunmakers - located on the site of an former gunmaker’s shop on Eyre Street Hill in Clerkenwell, central London - which features a hair studio in its attic has been taken over by specialist drinks agency Sweet&Chili.

The agency behind both the Gunmakers and the Nine Lives Bar in Bermondsey Street, London Bridge, has appointed Madison Duffy as the pub’s head chef.

Having previously worked with Wright Bros and Brooksby’s Walk, Duffy will showcase her Asian-inspired cuisine on the new menu. This is set to include sharing dishes such as ox tongue spring roll with chilli jam; crispy pigs' ears with nori; roasted pumpkin brik pastry with watercress and walnuts; and chicken supreme served with lap cheong sausage, hispi cabbage and chilli.

The pub will also offer three real ales on rotation, a collection of craft beers and hand-picked spirits alongside its extensive food menu.


The Gunmakers living room features artwork curated by Shoreditch-based modern and contemporary art company Beautiful Crime, including original and limited-edition art by both established and emerging artists, as well as a music playlist picked by London DJ Nicola Robinson, and antique furnishings.

The 19th century pub also boasts a unique attic conversion which features a hair studio – known as the Gun Club – with its own bar currently offering a Tanqueray gin-based Negroni or the Bulleit Bourbon-based Bananavardier. The studio is run by Tim Whiting, who in 2012 qualified as the best student from the Vidal Sassoon Academy and has since worked at London Fashion Week.

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Since launching in 2002, Sweet&Chilli has worked on a host of projects based across Europe, the US and Australia, with London-based projects including a partnership with vodka brand Cîroc to designing a drinks menu for GQ’s Man of the Year awards, as well as its House of Peroni residency.

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