Prince of Wales in Willesden Lane to re-open as ‘sophisticated’ Kilburn Arms this weekend

The Kilburn Arms, formerly the Prince of Wales, is opening in Willesden Lane this weekend. Picture:

The Kilburn Arms, formerly the Prince of Wales, is opening in Willesden Lane this weekend. Picture: Star Pubs and Bars - Credit: Archant

A Kilburn pub will re-open this weekend – and will also contain an artisan fish ‘n’ chip shop.

The former Prince of Wales, in Willesden Lane, is opening as the Kilburn Arms after an eight-week £750,000 refurb.

Star Pubs and Bars, which took over the pub, explained what all the cash has been spent on.

It gushed: “Residents will be delighted to see that the outside of the pub has been repainted in sophisticated grey and white colours with new signage and lighting. The outside seating area has also been enhanced with decking and planting.”

It reckons the Kilburn Arms is going to resemble a traditional English inn with “classic William and Morris style wallpaper”. The boozer, meanwhile, will be like a “gentleman’s club with button back leather armchairs”.

“Sophisticated” is certainly what its neighbours will be hoping for.

As reported in the Times in October last year, Stephen Smith, representing people who live in Lincoln Mews, told Brent Council’s planning committee they feared the chippy, which will occupy the pub’s former function room, would cause extra “noise and anti-social behaviour”.

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But Richard Foster, business development manager for Star Pubs and Bars, promised the pub’s clientele would be different from the previous “set”.

“This forms part of us driving towards the great British pub,” he said at the time, “which we can’t do without this level of investment to change the offer and make it work with the community.

“Regarding the anti-social behaviour associated with the pub in the past, we found significant investment, the style that’s offered and the people who will go there will be hugely different to the current set.”

The pub will also offer 12 guest rooms, while 15 jobs have been created by the revamp.

It will be operated by Beronmoor, which already runs the Bokur gastropub in Kilburn High Road.

Managing director Costa Tofan enthused ahead of the big day: “Having one pub already in Kilburn, we know what residents want – a fantastic local offering quality food and drink.

“We’re open for breakfast and morning teas and coffees – ideal for local businesses and parents dropping their kids off at school.”

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