I’m a little emotional about (finally!) opening a Draft House westside. Those of you from the old school will remember Woody’s and The Bush Bar & Grill. They’re happy memories for me though I’m not sure I ever want a night on Ben Reed’s half-pint Martinis again.
But let’s concentrate on the here and now. We’ve bought a beautiful Victorian pub just north of Hammersmith Broadway next to the old fire station. It reopens as Draft House Hammersmith on 26th February and will sell the finest London pies, Foot-Long Scratchings and other fab fare, not to forget a truly colossal range of beautifully kept beer.
The pub was originally tucked into the sweaty embrace of the Hammersmith Palais until that great wellspring of teenage memory was torn down two years ago to make way for – you guessed it – flats. We’re reviving the Palais spirit with a rocking playlist and a shed load of memorabilia.