Developers warned over future of Bull and Gate – civic group says famous pub must stay a drinks and music business

Thursday, 24th November 2011

Published: 24 November 2011
by DAN CARRIER

THE Bull and Gate pub will not become flats and must be sold to someone in the drinks and music business, a leading civic group has warned.

The famous venue, in Kentish Town Road next door to the Forum concert hall, has been put back on the market for £2.8million.

It was last up for sale four years ago by long-term landlords Pat and Margaret Lynskey.

The couple have owned the venue for 32 years and watched leading members of the British music scene such as Blur, The Manic Street Preachers, Suede and Ash play early, career-defining gigs there.

Now civic group Kentish Town Road Action have warned any potential buyers not to consider it ripe for development.

Chairwoman Caroline Hill got the pub listed in 2005. She said: “Whoever buys it should be aware that it has to remain as a pub.

We have had the bar inside listed, and English Heritage called it a good example of a Victorian gin palace.

We will be watching carefully.”

Dating from 1871, it replaced an earlier pub on the same site – known as the Boulogne Gate.

Chris Bickle, of agents Davies, Coffer and Lyons, said: “The Bull and Gate has continued to trade well and it is testament to the landlord, promoters and supporters that it still has a regular following in these hard economic times and despite the general sway towards the larger venues.

There is massive scope to increase trade.

The pub serves no food and in addition, our clients wouldn’t argue with the fact that the business hasn’t been pushed to reach even close to its full potential.”

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