David Moore of Michelin-starred Pied à Terre has revealed plans to open a “traditional pub” just off the Strand in London.
Moore and business partner Tony Bennett have taken a 20-year lease on the Grade II-listed the Devereux pub, which dates back to 1676.
The pair plan to restore the 3,000 sq ft property, paying homage to its character and location.
Moore said: ”I have always loved the idea of owning a traditional pub with a proper publican at the wheel. Having been an iconic London pub since the 17th century, Tony and I feel obliged to honour the history and tradition of the Devereux. Above all, we just want to run a proper pub with excellent quality food and drink, but without any pretence about it.”
The Devereux takes its name from Robert Devereux, the 2nd Earl of Essex. Devereux, once a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, fell from favour and was beheaded in 1601.
Property advisers Davis Coffer Lyons acted for the landlord, Marsa Holdings.