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Property round-up: Igniting Hospitality, the Bald Faced Stag and the Duchess of Dalston

By Michelle Perrett

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Property news: a number of operators have announced reopenings and refurbishments this week
Property news: a number of operators have announced reopenings and refurbishments this week

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The latest property round-up includes the news that Igniting Hospitality is launching its first pub, the reopening of the Bald Faced Stag and the chance to run the pub from TV series Doc Martin.

The Bald Faced Stag reopens after refurbishment 

East Finchley pub and eatery the Bald Faced Stag has reopened its doors following a refurbishment, which includes the installation of a feature tree.

Following the makeover, the north London pub’s snug now pays homage to the lands that stags roam, with tartan fabric and comfy upholstered chairs, complemented by quirky artwork and on trend panelled walls. 

The bar area has also received an overhaul, resulting in a premium feel that gives guests a higher quality space to enjoy a drink with friends and family. 

The restaurant area has been redesigned to break up space, with flexible and movable seating in soft and inviting dusky shades. 

Michael Horan, managing director of the Metropolitan Pub Company, said: “The refurbishment is one of our first major projects following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, with the pub undergoing a significant six-figure investment.

“After months of closure it’s great to be able to invest in such an exciting scheme for the East Finchley community and we think the results are spectacular.” 


Igniting Hospitality launches its first pub with chef Matt Larcombe at the helm

Igniting Hospitality, founded by Simon King, has brought the Crown at Bray’s former head chef & general manager Matt Larcombe on board as chef director.  

The Victoria in Oxshott, Surrey has reopened as a pub for its community, whilst offering a premium menu of British favourites, crafted by Matt and his chefs.

The duo have pulled together a stellar team of experienced individuals and have worked with the likes of Heston Blumenthal, Gordon Ramsay, JKS and Danny Meyer’s Union Square Group in New York.

An addition to the old pub kitchen is the expansive charcoal grill that supports the meat offering on the menu. 

The open bar area is built to have space for passersby to stop by for a drink, and have a bite to eat. Other spaces for dining include the Drawing Room, Parlour and the Dining Room. The Parlour area will boast cosy banquette seating, spilling over from the bar area, with the Dining and Drawing rooms having plenty of space for diners to enjoy a long lunch or dinner. 

The pub’s two private dining rooms accommodate six or eight people round a large central table.  



Chance to run the pub from Doc Martin and the Fisherman’s Friends film

A popular and historic Cornish pub, that’s graced cinema and television screens is looking for new licensees.

The Golden Lion occupies a prominent position overlooking Port Isaac’s picturesque harbour front. This scenic watering hole will be familiar to fans of ITV​’s Doc Martin TV series and the 2019 Fisherman’s Friends​ movie. 

The Golden Lion is part of the St Austell Brewery estate and the ideal operator will need to be aware of the local opportunities and have an understanding of very large seasonal uplift. 

The main ground floor hosts a snug bar with around 12 covers, a principal bar with a further 26 covers, and a small balcony that looks out across the harbour. On the first floor, a restaurant with 20 covers and exceptional views across the Cornish coastline awaits. The private accommodation is situated on the third floor and offers two bedrooms, a lounge, and a bathroom. 

Golden Lion, Port Isaac


Bar at The Italian Greyhound opens 

The Italian Greyhound bar and dining room is now open on Seymour Place, offering modern Italian food and drinks in stunning new surroundings in Marylebone in London's West End.

Previously the site of acclaimed Italian restaurant, Bernardi’s, The Italian Greyhound is a more casual evolution inspired by Italian neighbourhood bacaros​ (bars). 

This smart and friendly new spot comes from restaurateurs Marcello and Gabriel Bernardi and Barry Hirst, and is an evolution of their Italian restaurant, Bernardi’s.

The venue features an expansive bar area, with its own entrance for guests looking to drop in for a casual drink or small plate. The bookable dining space has plenty of cosy tables ideal for leisurely lunches and dinners that roll late into the evening - as well as a wraparound terrace for drinking and dining in the sun. 

Co-founder Marcello Bernardi said:  “We previously built a loyal local following in Marylebone and wanted to make sure that we evolved our positioning to keep our locals keen but also attract those from further afield. We want The Italian Greyhound to be a real crowd pleaser, a relaxed neighbourhood gem, where people can pop in for a drink or a pasta whenever they please.”



Callooh Callay founder launches The Duchess of Dalston 

Callooh Callay founder Richard Wynne is opening the Duchess of Dalston in London this month. 

The neighbourhood cocktail bar is named after the antagonist to the Queen of Hearts in Lewis Carroll’s, Alice in Wonderland. The bar offers up to 70 covers indoors, either by way of comfy booth seating or stools at the bar as well as 12 seats outdoors.

Nazareth Rodriguez, formerly of Mahiki and previous bartender at Callooh Callay, will be heading up a team of accomplished bartenders 

Wynne said: “In creating the Duchess of Dalston, we’ve embraced the resources and the history of the Dalston area itself, while also bringing our own touch of personality and experience into the drinks menu. 

“The result is a neighbourhood cocktail bar full of culture that perfectly complements the surrounding area and provides a welcome and friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcome.”



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