JDW sets new Euston Station pub opening date

By Gary Lloyd

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Capital opening: the Tim Martin-chaired Captain Flinders pub will create 55 jobs
Capital opening: the Tim Martin-chaired Captain Flinders pub will create 55 jobs

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JD Wetherspoon (JDW) is to open its new pub near Euston Station on Tuesday 9 January, which will create 55 new jobs.

The Tim Martin-chaired company has spent £2.3m developing the outlet that was the SophistiCats club on the corner of Eversholt Street and Doric Way.

The new pub, which will be called The Captain Flinders, will be managed by Samantha Pugh.

Archaeologists working at the Euston Station redevelopment (as the London HS2 terminus) discovered the remains of Captain Matthew Flinders.

The Royal Navy explorer led the first circumnavigation of Australia (between 1801 and 1803) and is credited with giving the country its name. He was not the first to use the term, but his work and publications popularised it.

Children welcome until 9pm

On the station’s main concourse is a statue of Flinders leaning over a map with his pet cat Trim.

The Captain Flinders will be open from 6.30am until midnight Sunday to Thursday and from 6.30am until 1am on Friday and Saturday.

Food will be served throughout the day from opening until 11pm every day and children are welcome until 9pm.

The bespoke carpet, fitted throughout the pub, draws its design inspiration from Euston Station, with cable patterns, as well as hidden cat faces to celebrate his cat Trim who accompanied him on his expeditions.

The interior colour scheme of the pub references the design of Euston’s Great Hall, with plaster pink tones against the blue of the ceiling. Lighting features and architectural detailing also recall elements of Euston’s Great Hall in 1960, before its demolition two years later.

Historic details on display

Historical photos and details of local history, as well as artwork and images of local scenes and characters of the area, are also displayed in the pub.

JDW added the site will boast a traditional London pub tiled feature wall, made with ceramic tiled panels, includes artwork based on the route the first train journeys took from Euston to Birmingham, incorporating imagery of other Wetherspoon pubs located along that route.

Pub manager Samantha Pugh said: “Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into the Captain Flinders.

“We are confident the pub will be a great addition for those travelling in and out of Euston Station as well as local people.”

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