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Posted: 10 December 2013
Blog category: Pubs
A Shoreditch pub, the Prince Arthur, Brunswick Place has reopened after undergoing a complete refurbishment.
New licensee Euan Johnstone and Kent brewer Shepherd Neame have jointly invested £100,000 to completely modernise the pub, while maintaining the eclectic aesthetic of a classic, real ale country pub.
The upstairs living accommodation has been transformed into a function room accommodating up to 20 people. Outside, the pub has been redecorated and now sports new awnings and signage. New toilets and a relaxed country pub interior complete the look.
Licensee Euan Johnstone, a direct descendant of the first Neame to own the brewery, has owned and managed several large London nightclubs.
Euan said: “The pub is a change of direction for me, a new challenge. I knew it well and when I heard that the former tenant was leaving, I was keen to take it on. It’s an authentic real ale pub close to Silicon Roundabout serving the local community. It’s this essence which I’ve tried to preserve and keep in mind while renovating the pub by using reclaimed materials and furniture to give it a laid back, lived-in feel.”
The new function room is available for hire for private functions and is already home to the pub’s three dart teams, creating a dedicated area where they can meet and play.
There are plans to introduce food in the run-up to Christmas, the first time food has been served at thepub. Hearty traditional pub food using Kentish fare, where possible, from Shepherd Neame’s heartland will cater for the local office trade.
Says Shepherd Neame property and tenanted trade director George Barnes, “Tucked away in a quiet side street in a very fashionable part of London, the Prince Arthur is a charming pub. It is very popular with the local community for an after-work pint and can also now offer a good-value lunchtime bite toeat.”
Unlike many other City pubs,the Prince Arthur is also open seven days a week. For more information see the pubs website.