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The Unicorn pub re-opens after three month makeover

New manager at heavy metal venue plans a more varied musical offer

16 April, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Ricardo Cervera behind the pumps at the Unicorn

A CAMDEN Town pub with a reputation for staging rock music gigs has reopened after a three-month makeover.

New manager Ricardo Cervera said heavy metal bands would still be welcome at the Unicorn, but the pub was looking to expand into other music genres.

He told the New Journal: “We won’t stop having rock and metal bands. Places like this are lacking in London. “But the focus on metal and punk means it is solely known for that environment. I think it has potential as a live music venue rather than for a specific genre.”

He added: “It’s like in London when you see a chicken shop then a chick­en shop then a chicken shop. We need variety to bring people in.”

The pub on the corner of Brecknock Road and Camden Road will start showing football on its screens again, he added. “I was approached recently by something called Swing Patrol, who want to put on dancing lessons,” said Mr Cervera. “That’s the exact sort of thing I’m looking to do. It brings the customers in. I’m looking to attract people in whatever way.”

The pub, formerly owned by the Greene King group, is now part of ICON Pubs.

Mr Cervera, who moved to London from Venezuela in 1999, worked as a gardener, a film-set builder and an events producer before moving into the bar business. He was put in contact with the owners of the Unicorn because he has lived above it since 2013.

He said: “I’m looking to work with local breweries like Camden Town Brewery to support their business. “I’m thinking we should serve food here, but running a kitchen is so difficult. Maybe in summer we could have a food truck outside – that would bring customers in.”

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