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Landlords sell up at The Good Mixer pub

Internet speculation that former haunt of Blur and Amy Winehouse will be turned into flats is scotched

14 December, 2017 — By Tom Foot

LANDLORDS of a legendary Camden Town pub are preparing to sell up. John Davidson and Sarah Hurley are looking to leave The Good Mixer on the corner of Inverness Street and Arlington Road after nine years. Friends of the couple say that suggestions shared online that the bar would be turned into flats were just speculation and that no planning application has been filed at the Town Hall. It was the pub of choice for stars of the 1990s Britpop scene, with Blur making it one of their favourite watering holes at the height of their success.

John Davidson and Sarah Hurley, centre, at the Camden Inner London Licensees Association cheque presentation

Singer Amy Winehouse, a regular before her death, was a friend of Ms Hurley. The couple behind the bar were celebrated at a meeting of Camden Inner London Licensees Association (CILLA). Chairman Henry Conlon paid tribute to them and Ms Hurley’s uncle Michael, who used to work there.

He told the New Journal: “The family will be much missed. They established a business that became one of the foundation centres for the indie music scene, its fans and musicians. There was no rivalry with other pubs… The Mixer merely encouraged the Camden scene to grow and the family played a major part in nurturing Camden’s iconic rock’n’roll status.”

Mr Conlon said that through CILLA the couple had helped make Camden a “safer and more enjoyable place to visit”. He added: “Together with the generat­ions of punters who have graced the threshold of the Good Mixer, the publicans, club owners and bar managers of Camden wish them goodwill and good luck. They’ll be sorely missed.”

Amy Winehouse and Sarah Hurley

Following an online blog post claiming the Mixer was due to be transformed into flats, Ms Hurley posted a response criticising the use of “non-facts”. It is understood that the long-serving publicans will, however, leave the pub in the New Year.

After Ms Winehouse’s death in 2011, Ms Hurley told the New Journal how the singer would use the pub to escape the attentions of the media: “The paparazzi were everywhere. I remember at the height of it all we shut the blinds when she came in here and wouldn’t let any of them in – just to give her a bit of normal time. “When people would see her in here they’d do a double take because they’d be like: ‘Hey? Why isn’t she in the Met Bar or somewhere swanky?’”

l Pub landlords have presented £2,500 to two charities at a meeting in the Hawley Arms, in Camden Town. Diabetes UK and Noah’s Ark Children’ Hospital picked up cheques from Camden Inner London Licensees Association.

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