Eat.Drink.Sleep - November 2021

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The Lamb & Flag is to reopen following an agreement between St John’s College and The Inklings Group. Oxford’s historic Lamb & Flag is to reopen following an agreement between St John’s College and The Inklings Group.

“Our hope and belief is that the pub will remain as a community asset at the centre of the magical Oxford scene. The funds to ensure a sustainable future for the pub have already been committed. This community project is not exclusive in any way and all are welcome to become an Inkling.”

The Inklings Group – named in honour of the pub’s former patrons J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis et al. – has been established as a Community Interest Company and has signed a long-term lease to relaunch the pub.

The pub’s character will be preserved, and it will undergo light redecoration and refurbishment. It is expected to open in time for this year’s festive season. Savills advised St John’s College on the letting..

Butchies prepares for its ninth opening Butchies, the fried chicken burger brand, has secured a new site in Borough Yards, London, which is due to open in the next few months. This will be Butchies’ ninth restaurant, featuring 45 covers, including 25 in an expansive covered terrace space. It will also offer delivery and click and collect services from the site. Founded by Garrett Fitzgerald and chaired by Charlie McVeigh, the brand has expanded rapidly over the last 24 months. New launches this year include Earls Court, Camden and Market Halls Victoria. Other sites in the pipeline for launch by the end of the first quarter of 2022 include Market Halls Fulham, Market Halls West End, Ealing Filmworks and Borough Yards. “It seems amazing that going into the first lockdown we had only one bricks and mortar site and two years later we expect to be trading from nine or even

10 locations in London if a few things go right,” says McVeigh. “This is a huge testament to the hard work and commitment from Garrett and the team, with a special mention for operations manager Ilker Sahinturk, who has been instrumental in creating the strong culture which drives the business forward.”

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Historic Lamb & Flag pub to reopen

“Several hundred people, brought together by a love of Oxford and the Lamb & Flag pub, have established the Inklings Group to secure the future of this well-loved pub,” says Kate O’Brien, chairman of The Inklings Group. “We are determined to ensure that the next 408 years of this beloved pub will be as fun, interesting and impactful as the last 408 years.

November 2021

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