Sir Colin Campbell reopens in Kilburn with Irish music still on the menu
PUBLISHED: 06:34 16 February 2017
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The traditional sounds of Irish music will ring out over Kilburn on Saturday as a much loved pub re-opens to the public.
The Sir Colin Campbell, on Kilburn High Road, has been given a new lease of life by three friends who already run two pubs in Camden.
Ross Grady,34, Augus Stevenson, 35, and Crusoe Millar, 31, bought the lease in January for an undisclosed sum and to date are not sure if they will open today or tomorrow.
Mr Grady, who with his friends runs the Colonel Fawcett in Camden Town and the Smugglers Arms in Warren Street, said: “It’s the first pub that feels like a traditional pub that we hope to restore to its original beauty.
I went to school with Angus in Harrow, while Crusoe was born in Cricklewood.
Kilburn was always our first stop on a night out – The Good Ship, The Luminaire, it’s great that now we have a pub in the High Road.
“We will up the anti with drink offers and live traditional Irish music every Saturday night. That’s always been there and we don’t want to take it out the feel of the pub. We’re keeping the elements that people appreciate.”
The pub has been shut for three and a half weeks for refurbishment, with Mr Grady’s Irish father, Kilburn born Thomas, taking care of the building work.
He added: “The essence of the pub was in good shape, with wood cladding we wanted to keep. We’ve basically worked top down, breathed new life into it with new colour schemes but generally working with what’s there already.
“We’re in the process of building the kitchen so we’re hoping to have that up and running sometime in March.”
Punters hoping for a lunch time pint may have to wait a while as the pub will not be open during the day for the first few weeks. Mr Grady said: “We’re playing it by ear, seeing the lay of the land. We want it to be a nice place for everyone to feel comfortable in.”
Danny Maher, the Irish chairman of the Cricklewood Town Team, said: “I heard rumours it was opening but this is wonderful news, I particularly like the Irish music there as it’s a meeting point for musicians and music lovers.
So many pubs are closing down and opportunities to listen to that kind of music are disappearing. It’s great that they are keeping it, long may it continue.”
Initial opening times will be Monday to Thursday 4pm-11pm, Friday 4pm-12pm, Saturday 12-midnight and Sunday from midday-11pm.