Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Slump after EU Vote Blamed for Closure of Gastropub

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Slump after EU Vote Blamed for Closure of Gastropub

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Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor

A DISASTROUS slump in trade since the Brexit vote has been blamed for the abrupt closure of an award-winning London gastropub that counted Nigella Lawson and food writer Tom Parker Bowles among its fans.

The owners of The Princess Victoria in Shepherd's Bush, which first opened in 1829, said they had been forced to close it because of a "fatal" 20 per cent drop in takings over the past year during political and economic turmoil.

The pub shut a fortnight ago along with sister venues the Lady Ottoline pub in Bloomsbury and the Dickie Fitz restaurant in Fitzrovia, with the loss of 80 jobs. A fourth venue the Henry Root in Chelsea was quietly closed six months ago. They were all owned by the independent operator Affinity Bars and Restaurants, set up eight years ago by City shipbroker Richard Fulford-Smith.

He told the Tradewinds newsletter: "The fatal Brexit vote heralded the start of a different economic cycle for the UK and London in particular. …

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