Guy Ritchie buys Mitchells & Butlers' London pub

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Trade return: Guy Ritchie has bought a Mitchells & Butlers' pub in Fitzrovia, London (Image: Mike Quinn, Geograph; Kathy Hutchins, Wikimedia)
Trade return: Guy Ritchie has bought a Mitchells & Butlers' pub in Fitzrovia, London (Image: Mike Quinn, Geograph; Kathy Hutchins, Wikimedia)

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Film director Guy Ritchie is set to make a return as a landlord, having acquired a Mitchells & Butlers’ pub in London.

Ritchie has entered into a joint venture with the pubco to open the Lukin on Conway Street, Fitzrovia, as a “pub and dining venue” later in the year.

The pub, which closed several months ago, will reopen with a new name and look. It will open its doors as the Lore of the Land.

He rose to acclaim directing the cult crime comedies Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels​ and Snatch​. Ritchie has most recently directed a trilogy of Sherlock Holmes films, starring Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law.

Industry return

The acquisition marks Ritchie’s homecoming to the hospitality industry, after a short-lived stint owning a Mayfair pub during his marriage to popstar Madonna.

Ritchie and Madonna bought the Punch Bowl for a reported £2.5m sum in 2008. It was a popular hangout for celebrities including the young princes William and Harry, David Beckham, and Leonardo DiCaprio. The pub was sold in 2013 to south-east based Cirrus Inns.

He is listed as one of the directors for Fatboy Pub Company Ltd on a government directory.

The company was incorporated at the start of the year, close to the January launch of Ritchie’s brewing company.

English Lore

The Gritchie Brewing Company, based in a converted barn on the producer’s estate on the Dorset/Wiltshire border, produces a 4% ABV pale ale called the English Lore.

It is described on the brewerys website as “a light to medium-bodied beer with a touch of caramel and a layering of floral and honey notes and bright flecks of citrus and orange marmalade”.

A spokesperson for Mitchells & Butlers said: “We can confirm we’ve entered a joint venture with Guy Ritchie to open a new pub and dining venue in central London.

“The venue will open later in the year with further details to follow.”

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