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Finborough Arms, home of Finborough Theatre, re-opens as traditional pub

The unrefurbished Finborough Arms building

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ON THURSDAY, February 27, 2014, the Finborough Arms in Earl’s Court will re-open under its traditional name for the first time in thirteen years. The pub, sitting at the apex of Ifield Road and Finborough Road, is a local landmark on a busy thoroughfare.

The business is independently owned by landlord Jeff Bell, and is free from any brewery or pub company ties. The bar will feature 14 beer taps with a changing selection of great beers and farmhouse ciders from independent producers.

The pub’s pristine, white-tiled beer cellar will be visible behind a glass wall, allowing customers to see how barrels are looked after and prepared for dispense. The aim is to make truly great beer and cider attractive and accessible to a wide audience.

An artist is recreating the original sign, consigned to landfill many years ago, using an image from a collectors’ card issued by Whitbread Brewery – previous owners of the pub – in the 1970s. The interior is being renovated to a high standard to restore the feel of a traditional public house.

Green glazed decorative tiles form the back bar, with a traditional dark wooden counter and brass beer taps. An open fire and an upright piano sit in one corner. The large open-plan ground floor will be arranged with bench seating and small tables to encourage a convivial atmosphere, while in the cellar arched alcoves provide a more intimate space.

The Finborough Arms will benefit from its close relationship with the multi award-winning Finborough Theatre above it. The launch of the pub will coincide with press night for Terence Rattigan’s Variation on a Theme starring Rachael Stirling, which has already sold out its entire run before the production has even opened.

The theatre is working closely with the new pub – which will also see the theatre’s box office move to a permanent location in the pub itself.

New landlord, Jeff Bell, 34, worked as a city lawyer for a number of years, winning a reputation for himself with his beer blog and numerous freelance articles and reviews on beer and pubs. In 2009, he abandoned his legal career and entered the pub trade with the purchase of The Gunmakers Arms in Clerkenwell, EC1. Listed in all the prestigious industry publications such as The Good Beer Guide, Sawdays, Good Pub Guide and the AA Guide, The Gunmakers Arms has received rave reviews.

The pub’s opening hours from February 27, 2014:

Monday to Thursday 5pm to 11pm.
Tuesdays 1pm to 11pm.
Friday 5pm to midnight.
Saturday Noon to midnight.
Sunday Noon to 11pm.