Search

Cocktail bar plans for Hampstead pub bought by owner of Beach Blanket Babylon

PUBLISHED: 20:15 03 August 2012

The Rose & Crown in Highgate will be turned into a coffee shop. Picture: Nigel Sutton

The Rose & Crown in Highgate will be turned into a coffee shop. Picture: Nigel Sutton

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

The demise of the traditional pub in Hampstead and Highgate may be one step closer as two old time boozers have met different fates.

The future of Hampstead watering hole The Rosslyn Arms looks bright as it is set to become an upscale cocktail bar, but the 10-year-old Rose and Crown pub in Highgate has closed and been taken over by a cafe chain.

Restaurateur Robert Newmark, dubbed the “King of Clubs”, who owns celebrity hotspots Beach Blanket Babylon in Notting Hill and Dollar Grill & Martinis in Farringdon, has bought The Rosslyn Arms pub in Rosslyn Hill, previously known as Bar Room Bar.

He has plans to transform the pub, which served pints and pizzas, into a glamorous restaurant and bar by next Christmas and is yet to finalise its new name.

Included in the ambitious scheme are plans to knock through the ceiling and install a spiral staircase.

Casey Phillips, of Shelley Sandzer, who advised on the deal, said: “The concept that Robert Newmark intends to move into the Rosslyn Arms is a closely kept secret at this stage.

“A prominent and undoubtedly affluent location, one would expect that a higher end offer with more emphasis on food may be a safe bet. All we can say at this stage is quite literally, watch this space. “

But Steve Coxshall, who owns the 300-year-old Duke of Hamilton pub in New End, Hampstead, said he has watched the village transform into a “big brand town” over the last decade.

“We have regulars at the Duke of Hamilton - everything from actors to the most understated of people,” he said.

“It’s like a family, somewhere where the bloke whose wife has left or died can come and he’ll have people to talk to. You don’t get that in gastro-pubs. The end of the traditional British pub is a real shame.”

Highgate High Street will also say goodbye to the Rose and Crown after a decade, as the Grade-II listed pub which has served up pints under various names over the last 30 years is set to become a branch of Le Pain Quotidian French bakery.

The pub was recommended by the prestigious Michelin Guide in 2010 as the highest rated restaurant in Highgate but even that was not enough to secure its future.

Raj Kara-Rajani, who owns The Corner Shop next door, said: “Highgate doesn’t have a high footfall of good customers, so sooner or later it was going to collapse.

“People come to visit the cemetery but there aren’t many other attractions. People who own the pub come and go but it’s never been a success.”

Le Pain Quotidian will open in September.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

18:10

Haringey Council has given a ‘cast iron’ guarantee 11 affordable homes will be included in plans to redevelop the area around Hornsey Town Hall.

08:15

Two men have been charged with murder after a charity worker was stabbed to death in Little Venice on Monday.

10:12

Drivers who ‘idle’ are set to be given fixed penalty notices if a motion presented to Camden council is approved.

Yesterday, 17:56

The Trustcott Arms in Maida Vale is to re-open as a restaurant.

Yesterday, 16:52

Camden recorded the third highest amount of crimes across London in the 12 months up until June of this year.

Yesterday, 12:08

A woman who illegally sublet her Holborn council flat will have to do 200 hours of community service, and could be made to repay the £19,000 she made from the crime.

Wed, 14:35

Camden has topped a London-wide count of moped-related crimes, figures released today show.

Wed, 14:02

A man has been jailed after he abducted a two-year-old child in a McDonalds in Camden.

PROMOTED CONTENT

If you are a pet owner, maybe you can empathise with this familiar tale.

Japanese baby and children’s clothing company Familiar is making their first venture into Europe with a pop up event in Hampstead

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now