Brewery pledges closed Lord Palmerston pub will reopen
06 October, 2017 — By Dan Carrier
The Lord Palmerston
THE sudden closure of the Lord Palmerston pub has left regulars fearing the worst – but a brewery company insists it will be open again in a month.
The Palmy, as it is known locally, shut its doors last week without any warning, leading customers at the Tufnell Park pub to ask the Tribune to find out what had happened amid concerns that it could be turned into housing.
London-based brewers Young’s on Wednesday moved to reassure drinkers by insisting the building still had a future as a pub. When it closed, everything of value, including alcohol stocks, was taken away. Handwritten signs in the windows stated the pub was closed until further notice. A front garden has been padlocked shut.
Regular Paul Chapman said the pub had suffered from inconsistent management before its abrupt closure.
“I remember when it was very well run. It was always a fantastic community pub with a lovely garden,” he said. “There was a very good manager until around four months ago but he left quite suddenly. Since then it has been on a downward spiral.”
A spokesman for Young’s said: “From mid-October the pub will undergo a refurbishment, re-opening early November, and will serve fresh, seasonal, British food sourced from around the south-east, alongside premium drinks, from craft ales and beers to quality spirits.
“We look forward to welcoming locals once again.”