The group behind acclaimed Spitalfields’ boozer the Ten Bells have headed south for their latest project, reviving Clapham pub the Saxon – formerly the rundown Kazbar – after almost four years of refurbishment work.
The full opening follows a lengthy run as a pop-up serving takeaway pints and cocktails, and a substantial remodelling of the building. While the Kazbar was a tiny space, the East London Pub Co has extended the Saxon over four floors, including a new rooftop terrace. There will also be private rooms available for hire, with one known as The Playroom.
The new venture – which opens officially next Monday, on June 14 – will now seat 220 and, alongside craft beers, wine and cocktails, will offer a menu of small plates. Dishes will include gastropub favourites; burrata, popcorn chicken, wings, and later the kitchen will serve both brunch and a Sunday Roast.
East London Pub Co owner Patrick Frawley is hoping the Saxon will become something of a local destination, and the pub will boast its own resident DJs on Friday nights. It will be open seven days a week.
Frawley said of the pub, which is the group’s twelfth opening across the UK and Ireland: “We are super excited after three and a half years to be opening this venue, especially given the incredibly difficult year in hospitality.
“The local excitement in anticipation of this venue opening has been heartfelt like no other, and we are eager to deliver a beautiful offering of drinks, food and service which is becoming synonymous with The East London Pub Company.”
The Saxon is the first plan to come to fruition in an exciting year for the group, which is set to open three more venues by the end of the year. Besides the Ten Bells, in London the group currently run the Gun, also in Spitalfields, Camden’s Lock Tavern and casual chicken and burger chain, Coqbull.