London Gin Club to join Mr Fogg's, pubs reopen after revamps

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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Fresh look: Pubs open doors after interior and exterior refurbs
Fresh look: Pubs open doors after interior and exterior refurbs

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The London Gin Club is set to join the Mr Fogg's group come summer, a village pub has been sold and other inns have reopened after makeovers costing thousands.

London Gin Club to join Mr Fogg’s

The London Gin Club, owned and operated by Inception Group since 2021, is set to join the Mr Fogg’s family in July 2023 when it becomes Mr Fogg’s Hat Tavern & Gin Club.

The venue, located in Soho, central London at 22 Great Chapel Street, is now undergoing a major refurbishment and will become a two-floored space with a traditional Victorian tavern upstairs.

Downstairs will host the gin club with a selection of juniper-based spirits on the menu and immersive cocktail experiences on offer.

Mr Fogg’s Hat Tavern takes inspiration from the building opposite which was once Henry Heath’s Hat Factory, established in 1822. Nods to the business will be evident in interior choices and cocktail vessels.

Inception Group co-founder Charlie Gilkes said: “We are very much looking forward to the newest member of the Mr Fogg’s family, in the heart of Soho, as well as paying homage to Henry Heath’s Hat Factory.

“The Gin Club will continue in a new wonderful subterranean space devoted to the spirit.” 


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Community pub reopens after £185k refurb

Community pub the Jesmond Arms in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, reopened on Thursday 6 April following a major investment of £185,000.

The site is part of the Proper Pubs division at Admiral Taverns, and has undergone a complete transformation with new flooring, a new sound system, new TVs as well as new seating areas and booths, new toilets, a brand-new pool table and electronic darts board.

For opening night, customers got to enjoy live music from local musician Liam Pattison.

The Jesmond Arms operator Kiely Sharkett said: “Opening night was fantastic, it was amazing to see all our customers, old and new, coming to see what the pub has to offer! 

“The feedback we received from our community was amazing, and we can’t wait to see them again soon!”

The pub will be offering a wide range of drinks offers, including cocktails, wine and fizz promotions. It will also be hosting an annual schedule of events for the local community.


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Village pub snapped up

Business property adviser Christie & Co has completed the sale of the Exeter Arms, a village pub in the centre of Oakham, Rutland.

The inn is known for its gastropub menu, traditional vibe with open fires and exposed beams, and its 1.5-acre garden with an alfresco dining area.

The pub has been bought by Amanda and Darren Wells who are keen to put their own stamp on the business.

Christie & Co broker Matt Hill said: “I am pleased to be able to help join these two parties together and arrange a new lease with the freeholder.

“This continues to show that Christie & Co are well placed within this competitive market as the leading brokers in the hospitality sector.

“If you are considering an exit strategy or are simply curious as to what your business maybe worth, please do not hesitate to contact me on a confidential and no obligation basis.”


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Wet led pub reopens after £400k makeover

Traditional, wet led pub the Prince of Wales in Moseley, Birmingham has reopened its doors after a whopping £400,000 investment by pub owner Greene King Pub Partners.

Multiple operator Sheldon Inns Ltd will operate the pub which has been revamped inside and out.

Inside, new fixtures and fittings have been installed including new seating and lighting, which are in line with the pub’s traditional look.

Externally, the pub’s garden has also been made over to include firepits and an outside bar. A large mural on the pub’s wall has also been repainted.

Greene King Pub Partners managing director Dan Robinson said: “We are thrilled with our investment in The Prince of Wales and to be continuing our successful partnership with Sheldon Inns Ltd.

“As a well-known venue locally, our investment in the Prince of Wales will ensure the pub continues to thrive as a great place for people to enjoy for years to come.”

The Prince of Wales is known for its selection of real ales and premium beers.

Sheldon Inns Ltd director Martin Cartwright said: "We are delighted to be taking on the Prince of Wales.

“The refurbishment has brought the pub back to its former glory, whilst retaining its character and charm. We look forward to welcoming customers old and new to this fantastic pub."


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