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Famous Sir Richard Steele pub closes for ‘substantial refit’

Bar which was once a haunt of DJ Chris Evans and the Gallagher brothers could be closed for months

04 January, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

SIR Richard Steele pub on Haverstock Hill has shut its doors for what its owners call a “substantial refit”.

Pub firm Faucett Inn, which also owns the Black Cap in Camden High Street and the freehold of the Dartmouth Arms in Kentish Town, announc­ed on its website that after New Year’s Eve the pub would shut its doors for building work to start. The Steeles has long held a special place in the hearts of regulars, with a clientele in the 1960s that included actor Richard Harris, comedian Dudley Moore and footballer Jimmy Greaves. In the 1990s the Gallagher brothers and presenter Chris Evans were among the celebrity clientele.

The New Journal has learned that builders have begun a refit that has been at the centre of controversy. The firm has been under fire for its attempts to turn the first-floor bar – once home to popular comedy clubs, quiz nights and available for hire – into flats.

After a long-running planning wrangle, which saw Faucett Inn go to a Whitehall planning inspector to appeal a decision by the Town Hall to block its scheme, it won permission to renovate upper floors and create a new function area on the ground floor. It is also building new toilets and a kitchen.

Staff confirmed that Steeles had closed and said they had “no idea” how long the work would take, but estimated it would be “many months”.

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