Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan join campaign to save 300-year-old Hampstead pub
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Campaigners have issued a rallying call to residents after plans were submitted by property developers to turn one of Hampstead’s oldest pubs into a six-bedroom luxury house.
The Old White Bear gastro pub in Well Road, which has been trading since 1704, could call a final “last orders” as soon as February.
A group of residents hoping to save the pub – which has the support of comedian Ricky Gervais and actor Peter Egan – has called on pub-lovers to make any opposition known by signing a petition and attending a protest this Saturday.
Only launched on Tuesday, the campaign has so far amassed over 450 supporters.
It also has the support of many Hampstead resident and business groups.
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Supporter Jessica Learmond-Criqui, leader of the Hampstead Shops Campaign, said: “The community is getting teed up.
“It’s a community asset and a well-loved pub, and people are very upset.”
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Restaurateur Jasper Gorst, who took over the Bear in 2010, told the Ham&High he had made several unsuccessful attempts to buy the freehold from debt-stricken Punch Taverns but it was instead sold to developer Braaid Ventures Ltd.
The new owner claims the building is not viable as a pub.
Saturday’s protest, complete with “white bears” and mulled wine, will start at noon outside Barclays Bank in Hampstead High Street.