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Princess Victoria to Reopen: Branson Pub Gets Lifeline

A pub once owned by billionaire tycoon Richard Branson is to reopen after it closed abruptly in June. The Princess Victoria on Uxbridge Road near Shepherd’s Bush in west London was suddenly shut after owners Affinity Bars and Restaurants pulled the plug on the popular gastropub earlier this summer.

But the establishment which dates back to the early nineteenth century and was once renowned as a gin palace is set to get a news lease of life after the Three Cheers Pub Co. chain came to the rescue. The new owners have promised extensive renovations and a reopening date in November.

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A statement on Three Cheers website confirmed the reopening date: “We plan to re-open in November 2017 after a full makeover. The Princess Victoria will boast a new front terrace in addition to an elegant bar and dining room, stunning private room and courtyard garden. As befits this historic public house, an impressive list of over forty beers and one hundred gins will complement a carefully chosen wine list and seasonal British menus.”

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Many local pubs are fast disappearing from many of the capital’s neighbourhoods and publicans including patrons will no doubt cheer the resurrection of a much-loved local watering hole.

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