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Lady Hamilton: Pineapple pub team to open new bar in Kentish Town

Camden Brewery close bar and pass on to Tapping The Admiral publicans

01 November, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

Paul Davies and Poppy Wheldon outside the former Camden’s Daughter pub

THE new owners of a famous Kentish Town pub can be revealed – and they will be familiar names for beer drinkers in NW5.

Celebrated publicans Paul Davies and Kirk McGrath confirmed yesterday (Wednesday) that they have bought the Camden’s Daughter pub, on the corner of Kentish Town Road and Holmes Road. It will now be renamed Lady Hamilton, after Admiral Nelson’s mistress, and will reopen after a refit.

The award-winning bar operators also run the Pineapple, in Leverton Street, and Tapping The Admiral, in Castle Road. The Camden’s Daughter, better known to older drinkers as O’Reilly’s and before that The Farm House, had been run by the Camden Brewery. Mr Davies said Kentish Town had a connection to Nelson: he used to meet Lady Hamilton for secret trysts at The Castle pub further down the road, which has now closed down.

Poppy Wheldon, who manages the Pineapple and will oversee the new pub, said: “We wanted to celebrate Lady Emma Hamilton – she was a real Kentish Town celebrity. Men would fall at her feet, and it is great to name a pub after a woman who isn’t a queen. It is the perfect spot for us – exactly between our two other pubs.”

She added that there is a plan to restore and renovate the original fittings to create an interior that is “dark, sexy and beautiful,” with the aim of opening before Christmas. Camden Town Brewery owner

Jasper Cuppaidge told the New Journal that the company had originally taken on the pub when they needed extra space and the old O’Reilly’s had worked well with a pub to showcase their beer on the ground floor and offices upstairs. But after taking on extra railway arches at their base in Wilkin Street, they now wanted to pass the pub on. He said: “We have taken on more arches at our original home. We felt it was time to let it go. It was perfect to be able to hand it on to such celebrated legends in the locality.”

Meanwhile, a planning application has gone into the Town Hall to convert derelict upper floors of Tapping The Admiral into self-contained flats. The owners say the work would help boost income, supporting the ground-floor pub.

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