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Independent Neighbourhood Bar Group DARWIN & WALLACE Announce Seventh Location

Darwin & Wallace, the independent neighbourhood bar group, are thrilled to announce their seventh location, opening this winter in the busy Borough of Ealing, West London. The new location, situated in the vibrant Dickens Yard, will join an impressive list of quintessential village pubs already in the group’s portfolio in Chelsea, Clapham, Richmond, Chiswick, Battersea and Wimbledon. The new site will be a bold and modern space, featuring generous lounge furnishing and dark interior finishes to create the perfect backdrop for relaxed eating and drinking. For further information on Darwin & Wallace, please visit:

Created by artisans of interiors, food and drink, the Darwin & Wallace’s locations are individually designed with a contemporary style, reflecting their local areas and the people that inhabit them, creating a home from home. The Ealing site will feature an all-day, casual drinks and dining experience with a menu of carefully created drinks and cocktails, and seasonal, locally sourced and sustainable food for any time of the day.

Mel Marriott, Darwin & Wallace Managing Director comments, “We have long held the desire to be part of the “London village” that Ealing is. Finding this superbly located, stand alone, building within the Dickens Yard development has given us the most amazing blank canvas on which to layer on our own interpretation of what a modern pub can be, unique to its location.”

Drawing inspiration from both local and global influences, the site’s design will be resonant of an urban, European loft apartment, featuring generous lounge seating, oak sharing tables and huge lamps. Dark wall finishes and poured concrete floors will contrast with lighter, warmer touches in the furnishings, creating a bold, modern space that feels like home. Outside, terraces will be filled with terracotta

pots and delicate trees, making the perfect backdrop for relaxed eating and drinking.

Recognised for their design and architecture, Darwin & Wallace are two-time award winners of the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards’ ‘Best Pub’ for No 1a Duke Street in 2016 and No 197 Chiswick Fire Station in 2017 and is shortlisted for the awards this year for No 29 Power Station West.

Darwin & Wallace works with hand-picked local suppliers to create real places with integrity, reflecting in both the design of the space and curation of the seasonal drinks and food menus, shared across the sister locations. The group achieved the coveted three-

star award by the Sustainable Restaurant Association for their commitment to serving great quality food by celebrating local and seasonal food, sourcing better fish for a healthy ocean, reducing food wastage wherever possible as well as their commitment to local residents and local charities.

Now in their seventh year, the group first opened No 11 Pimlico Road in 2012, followed by No 32 The Old Town in 2014, No 1a Duke Street in Richmond in late 2015, No 197 Chiswick Fire Station opened in April 2016, No 29 Power Station West in Battersea’s Circus West Village in July 2017 and most recently 601 Queen’s Rd in Wimbledon in May this year.

New Garden for City Pub The Minories Following £205,000 Investment

The Minories in Tower Hill has a fantastic new garden, with twice as much space as the previous one, following a £205,000 investment by owner Stonegate Pub Company.

Nestled underneath Tower Gateway tube station, the 60-year old pub, which is built into the arches beneath Fenchurch Street viaduct, oozes charm and character with a barrelled ceiling and booth seating. And while outdoor space for pubs in the city is a rarity, The Minories is lucky enough to have a heated beer garden with an outdoor TV screen.

But following the investment, the brand new garden has almost double the capacity with


seating for over 200 people, after Stonegate spotted the opportunity to purchase nearby land from Transport For London (TFL) and extend the existing outdoor space.

As well as new flooring and fencing, the garden has four fabulous eight-seater private booths, each with its own heating and lighting, plus a TV and sockets for customers to charge their phones. In addition, a huge 30-seat pergola and a butterfly awning will ensure there is plenty of under-cover seating. The garden also has a number of large TV screens and best of all, an outdoor bar and a fish and chip shop!

The inside of the pub has also recently had

a makeover too, with a new front and back bar, new furniture and lighting and improved external signage.

“The new improved garden means that we have one of the best outdoor spaces i n the city,” said manager, Naveen Vangala. “All the covered areas - private booths, pergola and awning - have heating, making them cosy year round. The outdoor bar will carry the full range of drinks and customers are going to love having their own fish and chip shop in the garden!”

The new garden opened to the public on Wednesday 8th August.

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