Sir Ian McKellen
Certainly one of our most beloved (and gifted) actors, Sir Ian McKellen, is a landlord in his spare time, having snapped up The Grapes pub in Limehouse in 2012. A onetime haunt of Charles Dickens, who references the pub in his novel Our Mutual Pal, the riverside pub presents a comfortable retreat from the bustle of the town.
Dickens describes it thus: “A tavern of dropsical appearance, long settled down into a state of hale infirmity. It had outlasted many a sprucer public house, indeed the whole house impended over the water but seemed to have got into the condition of a faint-hearted diver, who has paused so long on the brink that he will never go in at all.” You’ll find the entire works of Dickens in the pub’s parlour.
The Monday night time quiz has develop into something of an institution, not least because you could be lucky enough to get McKellen on your staff. The pub dates back to 1583, when it was then referred to as The Bunch of Grapes.
McKellen recounts in a quick history of the pub on its website that Sir Walter Raleigh set sail on his third voyage to the New World from immediately beneath The Grapes. Extra lately, artist Francis Bacon lived down the street at number 80.
Former footballer David Beckham lately purchased London pub the Walmer Citadel on Ledbury Street in Notting Hill for £3m with movie director Guy Ritchie, which he’s given a classy Soho House-style makeover to.
The Georgian pub, close to his family residence in Holland Park, is Beckham’s first foray into the on-trade, although he’s no stranger to the drinks enterprise, being the co-owner of Diageo’s Haig Club whisky.
A stone’s throw from Notting Hill’s well-liked Portobello market, on the present menu you’ll discover the likes of fried squid with peanut and sesame dressing; rosemary and garlic camembert baked in sourdough; and ale battered cod with triple cooked chips.
Beckham and his spouse Victoria are recognized to have a style for high-quality wine, celebrating their wedding ceremony anniversary final yr with a £1,500 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from cult Californian producer Screaming Eagle, and a bottle of 1990 Château Lafite Rothschild.
Lock, Inventory, and Two Smoking Barrels director Man Ritchie owns a pair of pubs – the aforementioned Walmer Fort on Ledbury Street in Notting Hill, which he co-owns with David Beckham, and The Luckin in Fitzrovia.
Ritchie, who additionally runs his personal micro-brewery referred to as Gritchie on his farm in Dorset, bought The Luckin after it closed down final yr, and has renamed the consuming den the Lore of the Land. The director also arrange Fatboy Pub Company on Corporations House final yr.
Ritchie purchased Mayfair haunt The Punchbowl back in 2008, when he was married to Madonna, which shortly turned a favorite of celebs like David and Victoria Beckham, Kevin Spacey and Leonardo Di Caprio.
The pub, which Ritchie bought to Cirrus Inns in 2013, famously provided fish and chips for two and a half bottle of Krug for £75.
Flame-haired pop sensation Ed Sheeran loves beer so much he constructed a personal pub beneath his north London house, which might be accessed by way of a secret subterranean tunnel.
Sheeran revealed the news of the clandestine consuming den in an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, telling the presenter his personal pub boasts a choice of beers on faucet.
The singer was inspired to install the secret watering hole and underground tunnel in his home having visited movie director Peter Jackson’s house.
“Peter Jackson’s house has got loads of secret passageways and underground tunnels. I went there and was like I want all of this on a smaller scale,” Sheeran stated.
An enormous part of the attraction for Sheeran is the fact that he can invite revelers over to his underground pub without them inflicting havoc in his house.
The only feminine publican in our line up, model, polo player and racing automotive driver Jodie Kidd runs The Half Moon pub in Kirdford, West Sussex, which serves worldwide dishes made with local produce from the Sussex Downs inspired by Kidd’s travels all over the world.
“My wish is for it to be a home from home, somewhere vibrant, welcoming and charming. It’s a real labour of love but it’s the most gratifying thing I’ve ever done. This is the first time I’ve loved coming to work,” Kidd advised The Telegraph in a current interview.
Having taken half in Movie star MasterChef, high quality meals stays a priority for Kidd at the 15th century pub. On the present à la carte you’ll find the likes of roasted baby beets with goat’s cheese mousse; leek and cheese pie with parsley mash; and beef cheek pappardelle with Parmesan and truffle. There’s also a six-course tasting menu on supply.
Promoting local ales and craft lagers, the Grade II listed Half Moon boasts a stunning garden with its own vegetable patch and a large condominium above the pub that’s out there to let for these eager to extend their go to.
Cricketers Stuart Broad and Harry Gurney personal a pair of pubs – The Three Crowns in Wymeswold and The Tap and Run in Higher Broughton, Leicestershire, as part of their Cat and Wickets Pub Company.
The pair snapped up The Three Crowns in August 2016, and added The Faucet and Run to their portfolio last yr.
Formerly generally known as The Golden Fleece, boys have given the gastropub a brand new lease of life, sourcing components from the encompassing space for their dishes and offering locals beer tokens in change for home-grown produce.
“We’re not trying to change the wheel. We know nice country village pubs are what people want,” Cramp stated at the time of the launch. “To be expanding now into another Leicestershire village is great and hopefully we’ll have the same reception as we did in Wymeswold,” Broad added.
Virgin Radio DJ Chris Evans has owned the Mulberry Inn in Chiddingford, Surrey, since 2006. The cosy nation pub options quirky cartoons of its proprietor, vintage French posters and an enviable choice of actual ales and native ciders on tap. Those keen to make an evening of it may possibly mattress down in certainly one of three rooms out there to let.
Final yr Evans spoke of his problem in recruiting a sous chef on his Radio 2 breakfast show. “Is anyone else having trouble getting chefs? It’s so hard at the moment. I phoned up Tom Kerridge and he said he was in the same boat,” Evans stated.
The pub’s pie nights every Wednesday have develop into an establishment. We like the sound of the double baked smoked cheese soufflé served with a cheese croquette; and the glazed pigs cheek with black pudding hash and parsnip fondant.
The Mulberry is famous for its ‘Supercar Sundays’, which sees a number of the world’s most desired supercars gather on the pub in a stunning show that pulls petrol heads from throughout the UK. Evans additionally owned 15th century gastropub the Lickfold Inn in West Sussex till 2010.
Former chat present host Michael Parkinson purchased the Royal Oak pub near Windsor in 2001 together with his son, Nicholas, a Savoy-trained chef. At the time the pub was painted pink and in determined want of some TLC. Championing local seasonal components, the pub scooped a Michelin Star in 2010, which it stored for 8 years.
Situated in the leafy village of Littlefield Green near Maidenhead, its former head chef, Craig Johnston, went on to win MasterChef: The Professionals. On the present principal menu you’ll find rabbit rillettes on toast; salt baked celeriac with chestnuts and truffle; hare carpaccio with pickled swede; guinea fowl and bacon pie; braise oxtail and pearl barley risotto; and lemon panna cotta with basil ice cream.
Nick Parkinson is a large wine lover, and lists a variety of the wines on the menu at retail costs in a bid to get clients to trade up. Among the jewels on his record is a Penfolds Grange vertical featuring vintages from 2010 again to 1962. You’ll also find Louis Roederer Brut Premier, Domaine Ott rosé and Château Ormes de Pez by the glass.
TV chef Tom Kerridge turned a household identify when his Marlow pub, The Hand and Flowers, was the primary in the UK to scoop two Michelin stars. Opening in 2005, Kerridge has championed his signature fashion of daring cooking with top quality seasonal elements ever since.
The pub additionally boasts 11 rooms within its Flower Cottage complicated outfitted with large beds, big baths and ‘rain’ showers.
At present headlining on the à la carte menu are dish like glazed smoked haddock and Parmsean omellete; lovage soup with Bramley apple, smoked eel and cheese tortellini; pork stomach with black pudding and gherkin ketchup; and milk toffee tart with grapefruit sorbet.
Along with The Hand and Flowers, Kerridge additionally owns The Coach in Marlow, which has a star and serves a splendidly decadent hen Kiev with cauliflower cheese, and a twist on a mushroom risotto impressed by French chef Claude Bosi. He also finds the time to run Kerridge’s Bar & Grill at The Corinthia lodge in London, which opened last yr to rave critiques.
Greatest recognized for his quirky, three Michelin star mothership, The Fats Duck in Bray, wacky chef Heston Blumenthal also owns an lovable pub courting back to the 1400s referred to as The Hinds Head in the identical village, which boasts among the best Scotch eggs on the planet, served with mustard mayo.
The molecular gastronomist took over the pub in 2004, including the 16th century Crown Inn to his collection in 2010. The meals at The Hinds Head is prime drawer – the pub boasts a Michelin star. As he does at Dinner, Blumenthal shines a light-weight on forgotten British recipes due a revival.
Start with devils on horseback and mango chutney, then move on to snail hash on toast with caper berries and pickled walnuts; adopted by Earl Grey tea smoked salmon with sour cream butter. However remember to depart room for Heston’s famous cherry Bakewell tart with yoghurt ice cream.