Duke of Hamilton throws open its doors as landlords give pub new look

PUBLISHED: 11:31 01 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:31 01 November 2018

New landlords of the Duke of Hamilton on New End, front Ben Robson with brother Ed Robson and Adam Gostyn. Picture: Polly Hancock

New landlords of the Duke of Hamilton on New End, front Ben Robson with brother Ed Robson and Adam Gostyn. Picture: Polly Hancock


Hampstead’s much-loved Duke of Hamilton pub will throw wide its doors this evening (Thu) as it reopens after a renovation.

The pub, which has been taken over by the trio behind the revival of the Clifton in St John’s Wood, Ben and Ed Robson and Adam Gostyn, opened its doors last week to invited guests.

The garish interior at the pub in New End has been replaced by painted walls, and wooden chairs and tables. The landlords have commissioned special artwork to eventually be hung on the walls.

The jazz club that was opened downstairs by previous landlord Steve Coxshall is being kept, with events in the pipeline for the future.

The pub, where Oliver Reed, Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole used to prop up the bar, will also be selling food again.

Ben said he was pleased with how the summer’s renovation work had gone, and he was delighted with the support from the community. “People’s reactions and support have been overwhelming. We grew up in Hampstead, and we never ever thought we’d have our own pub up here, especially not the Duke of Hamilton. It makes it really special.”

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