Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Adam Swings a Punch at Critics of Celebrity Pub; Londoner's Diary

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Adam Swings a Punch at Critics of Celebrity Pub; Londoner's Diary

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GUY Ritchie's Punchbowl is punching back. Mayfair residents are letting fly -- not against the celebrities who frequent the premises as so often reported -- but against the super rich minority who want to call last orders on the former Mr Madonna's pub.

Leading the charge against the pub is art dealer Alan Hobart and Canadian property tycoon William Shenkman. In 1997, Hobart was accused of "blatant lying and devious actions" by a High Court judge who ruled that he owed Antiques Roadshow expert Peter Nahum more than [pounds sterling]200,000 in commission and interest over the [pounds sterling]6.7 million sale of a Constable oil painting. Shenkman, I am informed, lives in Monaco.

"He's gone to Citizen's Advice about us -- using taxpayers' money to jeopardise local jobs," says Piers Adam, one of the Mayfair pub's five proprietors.

"As for Hobart, I hear when he had a house in West Hampstead which backed on to a tennis court, he objected to the council about the sound of the balls. …

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