Farewell to Pineapple pub's Poppy and Phil

Amazing turnout to say goodbye and thanks to Kentish Town pub's managers

Saturday, 2nd July — By Dan Carrier


Regulars came out in big numbers to say a proper goodbye

IT was a leaving do with a difference – regulars at Kentish Town’s Pineapple pub were not going to let manager Poppy Stewart and her husband Phil slip away quietly from behind the NW5 bar.

The couple, who have worked across The Pineapple in Leverton Street and Tapping the Admiral in Castle Road, were also behind the re-opening of The Lady Hamilton on Kentish Town Road three years ago.

Now they are heading to the Dorset town of Southbourne, to take on the running of The Larder House, an independent restaurant. Regulars – including Labour Party leader and Holborn and St Pancras MP Keir Starmer – queued up on Tuesday night to turn the tables and serve the popular landlords drinks as they wished them luck on their new adventure.

Poppy and Phil, with three of the pub’s biggest fans Sir Keir Starmer, his wife Victoria and Victoria’s father Bernard Alexander

Mrs Stewart told the New Journal: “We are so sad to go but are so grateful to everyone. We really felt the love. We have had eight wonderful years working for the best of the best in the Free House pub business – Kirk McGrath and Paul Davies.

“We feel so fortunate to have worked with staff and made real friends with regulars, who were the best mentors we could have asked for.

“We’d also like to thank the New Journal for your support over the years, and the person we could not have done it without – our handyman Jeff Baptista

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