The Crown, Blackfriars Road

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Monday 1 August 2016 4.38pm
Appears to be shut. Any idea what's happening?

I had heard two vastly differing rumours recently while it was still open: that it had been bought by two Portuguese sisters for cash (!) and was to become a tapas place; and that it had been bought by developers and was being turned into flats.

The former would be great; the latter, not so much. It's such a fine building I would hate for it to be destroyed.

Does anyone know if plans have been submitted?
Friday 23 September 2016 2.33pm
Apparently it's open again - does anyone have more information?

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Monday 15 May 2017 1.38pm
Has Big Phil got a big deal?
Tuesday 16 May 2017 9.00am
Big Phil left years ago to take on pubs in Fitzrovia and Soho. The current staff there tell me he went on from there to set up his own place in the West Country, although they weren't clear where.

I believe the Crown was sold on by the management company Phil worked for a couple of years ago. I've looked in a couple of times since. It's busy, but the beer offer wasn't up to much, so I didn't stay.

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