Cafe Hampstead: Troubled Rosslyn Hill restaurant shuts abruptly due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’

Cafe Hampstead in Hampstead - shut for "unforeseen circumstances". Picture: Polly Hancock/Harry Tayl

Cafe Hampstead in Hampstead - shut for "unforeseen circumstances". Picture: Polly Hancock/Harry Taylor - Credit: Archant

Troubled restaurant Cafe Hampstead abruptly closed earlier this week.

Cafe Hampstead is closed "due to unforeseen circumstances". Picture: Harry Taylor

Cafe Hampstead is closed "due to unforeseen circumstances". Picture: Harry Taylor - Credit: Archant

Troubled restaurant Cafe Hampstead abruptly closed last week.

A sign in the windows of the eatery in Rosslyn Hill read: "The restaurant is closed due to unforeseen circumstances. Sorry for the inconvenience." One notice was torn back to reveal a "notice of peaceable re-entry" dated July 16 from landlord Ei Group plc.

Chairs and furniture can be seen stacked up inside.

Earlier this year, the site was listed for sale by Savills with an asking price just shy of £3million. Ei Group plc told us at the time it had been let to County Park Limited, whose sole director is Rex Newmark, until 2045.

Last month County Park Limited was threatened with a strike-off notice from Companies House, but avoided being wound up by filing its accounts by the deadline. Its accounts up until the end of June 2018 show it having debts to creditors of £1.41million and having lost a total of £450,000. The majority of the debt was to bank loans and overdrafts.

Until December, the restaurant had been run by Cafe Hampstead Limited (CHL). However it went bust before Christmas, owing £346,000 to creditors, including the Hampstead Butcher and Providore just two doors away.

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CHL's director Conor Thomson-Moore blamed high staff turnover, Brexit and negative reviews for the troubled restaurant's problems. A new company was started up shortly afterwards, Green Dollar Limited.

Ei Group plc said: "We are in ongoing discussions over the future of this site and are hoping to reopen the premises as soon as possible."

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