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Gordon Ramsay set to take on first pub

20 September 2006
Gordon Ramsay set to take on first pub

Gordon Ramsay's first gastropub is set to be the Narrow Street Kitchen and Dining Room in London's Limehouse.

The celebrity chef has agreed terms to take over the lease of the property, which is owned by the Waterside Pub Partnership, the joint venture between British Waterways and Scottish & Newcastle.

Gordon Ramsay Holdings, which already operates nine restaurants in London, is set to acquire the leasehold for the East London-based pub from current lessee Spirit Group.

A spokesperson for Spirit said: "We have conditionally agreed the sale of the company's leasehold interest in the Narrow Street Pub and Dining Room to Gordon Ramsay Holdings. This is subject to the consent of the landlord which Spirit hopes will be forthcoming soon."

Landlord, the Waterside Pub Partnership, was not available for comment.

Ramsay said that although his pubs would sell beer and spirits, their primary role would be to serve high-quality food. He has reportedly decided against increasing his haul of seven Michelin stars by opening any new restaurants in the UK.

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By Kerstin Kühn

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