Notting Hill tavern reborn

Prominent Notting Hill pub the Walmer Castle is to reopen on November 1 under new ownership – its third in quick succession after a turbulent few years.

The new owners are Jack and Poppy Greenall, who also own The Surprise in Chelsea – another handsome mid-Victorian tavern – and are working to resurrect it as a “traditional community pub… with refined yet rustic interiors, amazing art, good grub and exceptional hospitality“.

A local landmark, the Walmer gained wider fame with its 2018 acquisition by celebrity partners David Beckham and Guy Ritchie. They passed it on to nightclub entrepreneur Piers Adam, who launched it in March last year as a whisky specialist in collaboration with the Craigellachie Hotel on Speyside, serving Highland beef, venison and haggis alongside a choice of 400 whiskies.

Jack has beer running in his veins as a scion of the Greenall brewing dynasty, which ran pubs in Lancashire from the 1750s. He established his own credentials with the success of The Pheasant in Hungerford, and moved on to The Surprise two years ago.

The Walmer’s interior design is directed by Isabella Worsley, who also worked with the Greenalls on The Surprise, and features artworks by Tracey Emin and Cornelia Parker.

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