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Dartmouth Arms re-opens after battle to save it from flats conversion

Beers and cheers among Save The Darty campaigners

27 April, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

Punters at the Dartmouth Arms enjoy their first pint in two and a half years

PINTS were poured and hearty cheers were raised this week as the Dartmouth Arms, a pub in York Rise, Dartmouth Park, reopened for business after two-and-a-half years.

The pub was shut by its owners, Faucett Inn Ltd, in 2015 as they sought to convert the building into flats. They had planning permission for the upper floors but there was a fear that once the work was completed, the historic pub would remain closed – prompting a prolonged campaign by regulars and neighbours to force the pub chain to sell up to a publican who would reopen it.

Publican Andy Bird, who runs the popular Chesham Arms in Hackney, has taken on the lease and now a six month re-fit has been completed. Sean Dillon, who helped run the Save The Darty campaign, told the New Journal: “It is a huge pleasure to see the Dartmouth Arms open again and under the ownership of people who obviously care about their trade, their pubs and the communities that keep them alive.”

Highgate ward councillor Oliver Lewis, who was instrumental in securing the pub’s future, said: “We hope that pub campaigners across Camden and beyond will take heart from the success story of the Dartmouth Arms.”

Mr Bird, who had previously rescued the Chesham Arms from closure, said: “It is great to be involved in getting this beautiful local pub back up and running as it should be.”

Faucett Inn director Steve Cox, who was dubbed “Public Enemy Number One” on posters distributed by campaigners when the pub’s doors were closed, sent a message of goodwill to the new set-up.

He said: “I am genuinely pleased to see the business back open and looking so fantastic. I am sure Andy Bird and his team will do an amazing job re-establishing this business.” within the community.”

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