Campaign to Save The Duke of Hamilton Ends Today
By Simon__Lee | Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 10:35
There seems to be a running theme concerning Hampstead's pubs. They begin life as lovable cosy places which are perfect for an evening's pint or three, where the people are friendly, or more likely slightly mad. In summary, they had character. Then, without fail, someone will come along and turn them into a bistro or some other fancy entity that passes as an excuse for a pub... (Oh how I miss the White Bear.)
Poster to Save The Duke
Yet sometimes an even worse thing happens. There were rumours circulating that the Duke of Hamilton was to close for ages. It was confirmed months ago that the Duke is to be converted into two luxurious houses.
Obviously, the owners may feel that this is the best course of action for them financially and that's understandable. The locals however are determined not to let it happen, and it's understandable. Off of the top of my head, I can't think of another pub in Hampstead that hasn't been taken over by some brand or turned into a 'restaurant'. The Duke really could be our last proper local.
You may have seen the flyers (pictured) scattered around Hampstead. This was the call to arms to save the Duke of Hamilton and yesterday was the final day that objections could be registered. All we can do now is sit and wait for the council to make their decision...