Re-opening time for popular old pub

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By Courteney Noonan

A Holloway pub popular with Arsenal fan has had to call last orders after a neighbour complained about the noise.

The Wig and Gown on Holloway is being taken over by the local Hammerton Brewery.

The brewery announced on their blog that they’ll be turning the popular local into a taproom.

“We are very pleased and very excited to announce that we have just received the keys to our first pub!”

 

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The Wig & Gown struggled to stay open after dealing with high rents and noise complaints from a neighbour, which led to them cancelling all of their live music gigs. Eventually, Enterprise Inns sold the lease and the pub held its last night for trading on March 24th.

The former landlord and regular customers have been paying tribute to the well-loved watering hole on the Wig & Gown’s Facebook page.

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The pub shared photos from the night on social media and thanked their customers for supporting them over the years.

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One of the pub’s other neighbours who runs an antiques shop next door said he has never found the live music or noise to be a problem. David Binder, 62, said that the former landlord was “a good tenant” because “he kept things nice and quiet and clean”.

Despite another neighbour complaining about the noise from the pub, Mr Binder said that he never heard of any rowdiness from the customers.

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Hammerton currently only open their own brewery taproom once a month but plan to renovate their new pub and open more regularly to showcase their beers. Until then, they’re going to be opening on Arsenal’s home game days. The Wig & Gown is already popular amongst Arsenal fans so Hammerton will be taking full advantage of thirsty match goers. According to their blog, the pub’s relaunch is expected to be in May or June.

 

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