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Is Archway square’s popular pub set to reopen?

Three years after closure, councillors have ‘positive meeting’ with Archway Tavern tenant

13 April, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Cllr Dave Poyser, Cllr Kaya Comer Schwartz, Jan Tucker, chair of Archway Town Centre Group, and Cllr Marian Spall, pictured outside the pub with local residents

THE famous Archway Tavern could be one step closer to reopening its doors, it has been revealed.

Senior Town Hall councillors recently met with the tenant of the former pub, based in what is now known as Navigator Square.

Campaigners have been calling for it to open up again after it had been left closed for three years.

Councillor Kaya Comer-Schwartz, executive member for community, said: “We had quite a positive meeting.

“They were saying they were very much still wanting to open a business there – they had obviously invested a lot of time and money into it.

“As a council we have put a huge investment into Navigator Square. There’s been a lot of activity on the square since, and we really want it to be an active public space and it just feels a bit out of balance currently.

“A lot of people have been in touch with us about how disappointed they were that it’s not open. Residents want a vibrant business open in the middle of the space.”

Cllr Comer-Schwartz said the tenant had discussed the pub becoming a “family friendly bar” and added how they had been renovating the kitchen.

It is not yet known when it is likely to reopen but Cllr Comer-Schwartz estimated around six months.

The pumps stopped at the Tavern, near the tube station, in 2014 and then had a short spell as rock venue The Intrepid Fox.

Its interior was used on the cover of The Kinks’ Muswell Hillbillies album in 1973.

The council and Transport for London (TfL) redesigned the gyratory system last year to create the public space around the tube station and changed the layout of the roads.

Archway Market, which used to trade in Holloway Road, has moved up to the square and is open every Saturday.

Cllr Comer-Schwartz said: “We very much want to keep pressure and communication open with the landlord to make sure it happens. There’s multi-layered communication happening.”

In a letter to council leader Richard Watts this week the landlord, Ei Commercial Properties, said it understood the tenant did have plans to re-open the site as a pub.

They have issued a “schedule of works”, meaning the tenant has to bring the property back to an “acceptable state of repair”.

Greg Parkes, commercial property director at Ei, said: “Thank you for highlighting your concerns and I would like to assure you that we are working with our tenant to re-open the pub as soon as possible.”

The Tribune contacted the tenant but had not received a response at the time of going to press.

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