Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Bucking the trend

Chelsea public house The Cross Keys to reopen

 

Pubs in Britain are closing at a rate of 31 per week so it is refreshing to hear of one that is actually reopening. Bucking this sad trend, which is especially prevalent in wealthy areas like Kensington and Chelsea where pubs are worth more per square foot if converted to houses, it was recently announced that the DM Group is reopening The Cross Keys in Lawrence Street, SW3 at the end of January.

 

The Cross Keys
The Cross Keys has been boarded up since 2012

 

The Cross Keys first opened in 1708 and is believed to be the oldest pub in Chelsea. A well known Sloane haunt in the 1980s and 1990s, the pub was a favoured haunt of such people as Agatha Christie, Bob Marley, Dante Gabriel Rosette, John Singer Sargent, Dylan Thomas and J. M. W. Turner. It’s last owner, Andrew Bourne, unsuccessfully attempted to gain planning permission to convert the building into a £10 million home complete with swimming pool, sauna and cinema room after a campaign supported by Piers Morgan and Zac Goldsmith MP amongst others.

 

Closed down in 2012 and subsequently occupied by squatters, The Cross Keys was sold to the Parsons Green Land Group for £3.9 million in January 2014.

 

At the time, Mike Benner of the Campaign for Real Ale told the Evening Standard:

 

“Pubs are an essential part of Britain’s cultural heritage and it is clear from the support of the surrounding community how important it is The Cross Keys remains a pub in the future”.

 

Though the Parsons Green Land Group plan to convert the upper floors of The Cross Keys into residential accommodation, the lower floors have now been taken on by the DM Group – owners of the renowned Fulham pubs, The Brown Cow and The Sands End.

 

Of their plans for this iconic pub, Eamonn Manson, co-founder of the DM Group, commented:

 

“We want to maintain the magic of The Cross Keys from the cozy old fireplace to the natural light of the back atrium, but recharge it with a contemporary look”.

 

His business partner and co-founder, Mark Dyer, added:

 

“We felt that in resurrecting such an iconic pub that we are able to contribute to our British heritage in some way, while keeping the community happy with a truly good local”.

 

The pub’s new website states that The Cross Keys will serve real ales alongside “innovative, seasonal dishes” and “pub classics and Sunday roasts” and we urge our readers to support what will be a most welcome reopening.

 

 

Subscribe to our free once daily email newsletter here:

     

    5e3b97728b2e4bf58c9ff7822befe328?s=96&d=mm&r=g
    The Steeple Times
    We research and background check our articles. If you believe we have made and error in some detail please get in touch, we seek always to write the truth and stand against a press owned by a self selected few. Please help us, we will accept all your likes, subscriptions and anonymous suport. The Editor and his team at the Steeple Times.

    9 COMMENTS

      • I like your reference to “The Toms”… I assume you mean Thomas McLoughlin. He is barred from La Brasserie and many other places I hear. I hope they bar him from The Cross Keys too.

        • Thomas McLoughlin is down and out, he is not even welcome in Elephant and Castle, you are giving him celebrity status by over using his name on the Steeple Times. This will result in Channel 5 talent scouts chasing him to sign for the next Big Brother project. Forget Thomas………Woody Allen makes a better crook…..

      • Three-card trick merchants, you must mean Ed Miliband and Ed Balls promising to Fix the National Health service with yet another extra 20,000 nurses, the reality is the pool of nurses are depleted. The will have to go to Spain…..O’le ” I speak some English, but it is difficult for me”

    1. The ‘toms’ I was referring to were tarts on the game, usually referred to as such by the local constabulary.

      But I am led to believe that the local Licensed Victuallers Association maintains a ‘Scroats List’ on which they share details of less-desirable individuals. Throughout Kensington & Kensington, from the SCARSDALE to the ADMIRAL CODRINGTON one crook, known to many readers of this organ, has been declared “persona non grata”

      . I don’t imagine he’d be any more welcome in the CROSS KEYS.

    2. I’ll take guidance from you when it comes to my topper, Martin. But my choice of words is entirely mine, thank you.

      “I know what I means and I means what I say”!

      Whether the plod use ‘Toms’ (Thomas Moore = whore) or a ‘Brass’ (Brass Flute = prostitute) is just their choice of the moment. The words are interchangeable. “Here endeth the first lesson!”

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    Advertisement
    Advertisement

    Become a Patron of The Steeple Times

    Independent journalism will only remain independent if it is supported by clear-thinking people like you. We each have the command to make a real difference. Join us.

    2,588FansLike
    2,068FollowersFollow
    10,903FollowersFollow

    Subscribe For DAILY NEWS

    Please subscribe, like and share this very British site, it helps us grow. Your data is protected and The Steeple Times will send you an email at noon everyday that we rather trust you will enjoy.

    Advertisement

    Other Stories You May Enjoy

    Bargaining Britain’s Northernmost Castle – £130,000 for Muness Castle, Unst, Shetland Isles, Scotland, ZE2 9DL, United Kingdom – Grade A listed freehold Scottish castle with cottages, barony title, gold and copper reserves and 240 acres of land goes to auction for just £130,000 just as plans for a space centre are announced in the vicinity – To be sold by Future Property Auctions of Glasgow on 23rd April 2021.

    Bargaining Britain’s Northernmost Castle

    Grade A listed freehold Scottish castle with cottages, barony title, gold and copper reserves and 240 acres of land goes to auction for just £130,000 just as plans for a space centre are announced in the vicinity.
    Epstein Gets The Wrecking Ball – £13m Jeffrey Epstein crib demolished – Wrecking ball sent in to destroy Prince Andrew’s paedo bestie Jeffrey Epstein’s £13.2 million Palm Beach mucky mansion at 358 El Brillo Way, Palm Beach, Florida, FL 33480, United States of America – Purchased by Miami developer Todd Michael Glaser.

    Epstein Gets The Wrecking Ball

    Wrecking ball sent in to destroy Prince Andrew’s paedo bestie Jeffrey Epstein’s £13.2 million Palm Beach mucky mansion.
    Hospitality vs. Headbangers 2021 – Hospitality vs. Government – Legal challenge to Boris Johnson’s government’s illogical refusal to allow indoor hospitality venues open whilst allowing indoor retail to be decided on this week.

    Hospitality vs. Headbangers

    Legal challenge to Boris Johnson’s government’s completely illogical refusal to allow indoor hospitality venues to open whilst allowing indoor retail to open to be decided on this week.
    Flattening a Fountain – £12 million for mansion The Fountains, 39 The Bishops Avenue, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, N2 0BA, United Kingdom ($16.6 million, €13.9 million or درهم61 million) with planning permission to demolish and replace through Knight Frank – Boxy “Town Hall classical style” mansion ‘The Fountains’ on infamous The Bishops Avenue, N2 for sale for £3 million less than it listed for in 2012; this time it is destined for flattening.

    Flattening a Fountain

    Boxy “Town Hall classical style” dictator crib ‘The Fountains’ on infamous The Bishops Avenue, N2 for sale for £3 million less than it listed for in 2012; this time it is destined for flattening.
    A BIG Bugatti – £1.55m for 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport – Theodora Ong lusts after a 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport that currently sports the registration plate ‘BIG 3’ – For sale through Graeme Hunt for £1.55 million ($2.14 million, €1.79 million or درهم7.88 million).

    A BIG Bugatti

    Theodora Ong lusts after a £1.55 million 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport that currently sports the registration plate ‘BIG 3’ – but could become ‘BUG 8’
    Don’t Come On Carrie! The nation does NOT need Carrie Symonds – Matthew Steeples argues that Daniel Johnson’s “Come on, Carrie: your country needs you!” call to Boris Johnson’s wine chucking latest baby mama is nothing but claptrap.

    Don’t Come On Carrie!

    Matthew Steeples argues that Daniel Johnson’s “Come on Carrie: your country needs you!” call to Boris Johnson’s wine chucking latest baby mama is nothing but claptrap.
    Theresa’s in the Trough – Theresa May MP’s £1.2m in 2020 – 2021 – Matthew Steeples highlights that it is not just David Cameron who has been sticking his piggy fingers in the trough; Theresa May also ‘pocketed’ over £1.2 million in the last year alone.

    Theresa’s in the Trough

    Matthew Steeples highlights that it is not just David Cameron who has been sticking his piggy fingers in the trough; Theresa May also ‘pocketed’ over £1.2 million in the last year alone.
    The Spectre Shooting Brake – 1 of 1 Rolls-Royce Wraith shooting brake – 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith converted to a shooting brake by automotive genius Niels van Roij for sale for 157% more than it originally cost – Bonhams at their ‘Les Grandes Marques à Monaco’ sale in Monte Carlo on 23rd April 2021 with an estimate of £320,000 to £480,000 ($440,000 to $660,000, €370,000 to €550,000 or درهم1.6 million to درهم2.4 million).

    The Spectre Shooting Brake

    2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith converted to a ‘Spectre’ shooting brake by automotive genius Niels van Roij for sale for 157% more than it originally cost.
    Courting Expletives 2021 – Emma Rivers v Jigsaw Homes Tameside – Extraordinary official civil judgment from the County Court at Manchester packed with expletives sums up the state of once Great Britain; one is simply left wondering if potty mouthed Emma Rivers was trained by the creosoted napkin slapper Dawn Ward.

    Courting Expletives

    Extraordinary official civil judgment from the County Court at Manchester packed with expletives sums up the state of the nation; one is simply left wondering if potty mouthed Emma Rivers was trained by the creosoted napkin slapper Dawn Ward.
    Beecher’s Muck – Far right Jay Beecher supports Ghislaine Maxwell – Ghislaine Maxwell’s latest supporter revealed to be Jay Beecher, a far right-wing political writer and ex-Ukipper with associations to the quite rightly banned-from-Facebook ‘Politicalite’

    Beecher’s Muck

    Ghislaine Maxwell’s latest supporter revealed to be Jay Beecher, a far right-wing political writer and ex-Ukipper with associations to the quite rightly banned-from-Facebook ‘Politicalite’

    Popular Articles From The Past

    Weather

    London
    overcast clouds
    12.8 ° C
    13.3 °
    12 °
    54 %
    5.7kmh
    90 %
    Wed
    13 °
    Thu
    13 °
    Fri
    14 °
    Sat
    13 °
    Sun
    12 °