Historic William IV pub reopening in Kensal Green
PUBLISHED: 14:36 15 December 2018 | UPDATED: 14:26 17 December 2018
A newly refurbished gastropub is opening in Kensal Green just in time for festive drinks.
William IV, in Harrow Road, is opening its doors to the public on Monday serving classic dishes and craft beers for all discerning customers.
The upper floors are currently under renovation and will be home to 15 guestrooms when launched next month.
Businessman Jean-Marin Bolot, who has experience working in property and hospitality in the UK and France, wanted to restore the pub back to being a local favourite.
He told us: “I was looking for a venue that offered accommodation, in order to have a place for both locals and people travelling in London.
“When I first saw the William IV, I immediately fell in love with the building and all its character.
“Also I saw a real potential – it was unused at the time and had great scope to be something great.”
He has extensively refurbished the Victorian pub, with original features restored, and a lick or two of paint.
Built in 1837, the site was named for the reigning monarch – who died that year and was succeeded by his daughter Queen Victoria – and makes the most of historical features such as open fireplaces, arched doorways, stained-glass windows and the original white marble bar, which stretches into all rooms.
A garden and summer house will be unveiled in the spring.
Serving lunch through to dinner daily, the kitchen team has introduced menus focused on British favourites such as fish and chips (or “beer battered cod and triple cooked chips”) while on Sundays guests can also enjoy a traditional roast.
The businessman, who lives in nearby Maida Vale, added: “I love a British pub and what it brings to the society.
“It’s sad to hear of pubs closing and I really want to go against the curve, especially as a good British pub is often the heart of an area.
“When I first got the William IV, the pub concept was almost abandoned and I felt it was a good time and place to give it some love.
“This is meant to be a pub and I believe people need nice pubs to meet and relax in small or bigger groups, alone or together.
“There was a time William IV was a local favourite, and I hope to bring that back to the community.”