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.Get The Caterer every week on your smartphone, tablet, or even in good old-fashioned hard copy (or all three!).