Hi there! I have been lurking on here a while now, love the site, great news and a little bit of gossip!
I live on Shaftesbury Road, and got to have a peep inside the closed Shaftesbury Pub yesterday, looks very much like its being completely refitted to be a pub again. looks like it may be quite nice even. Anyone else know any details?
Here's some planning details in reverse chronological order. So their most recent application was rejected
<a href="https://www.islington.gov.uk/onlineplanning/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=P072932">P072932</a> - Change of Use to two x 1-bedroom residential units at the ground floor level - Refused permission 23rd January 2008.
<a href="https://www.islington.gov.uk/onlineplanning/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=P072077">P072077</a> - Conversion of part ground floor to a 2 bed residential unit and change of use of remaining area to A3 (restaurants & cafes) use, including relocation of existing kitchen extract duct. - Approved with conditions 24th October 2007.
<a href="https://www.islington.gov.uk/onlineplanning/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=P061219">P061219</a> - Self-containment of ancillary residential accommodation and construction of new mansard roof to create 3 x 2 bed and 2 x 1 bed units. Installation of new kitchen extract duct. – Approved with conditions 19th July 2006.
The realist in me still struggles to see how anything remotely gastro will survive this climate AND location.
We can but hope.
Sounds like I may well be seeing a few of you in there sometime soon, anyway.
Dunno why I remember such an unremarkable menu item. Surely they had something more unusual than that on the blackboard. Anyway I guess that means they're not trying to be an overly gastro