From Idris Elba opening up a cocktail bar, to Usain Bolt’s Track and Records restaurant, it seems like big celebs have got a little too much time on their hands… (not that we’re complaining!) I mean, next David Beckham and Guy Ritchie will join forces and buy a 3- million-pound pub in Notting Hill. Oh wait, they did? Right then!
Yep, the pair, one famed for kicking a ball around, the other for making some big ballsy movies, have come together to re-open the Walmer Castle, close to the former England captain’s home in Holland Park and are set to give it a “Soho House-style” makeover”. For those who don’t know, this will be a plush and luxe look featuring splashes of quintessential Britishness and home-away-from-home vibes.
Victoria will most probably be at the ready to jump in and help with the refurb!
Ritchie is a bit of a dab hand at this pub malarkey, currently owning Lukin public house in Fitzrovia and having bought the Punchbowl in Mayfair with ex-wife Madonna in 2008 – seriously what is it with celebs buying pubs? Oh and he also has his own microbrewery, called the Gritchie Brewing Company so we’re confident he’s going to be a bit of a dab-hand. However, for Becks, this will be his first boozy venture aside from Haig Club.
The West London joint has already been graced by Rita Ora, and we’re sure we’ll see more follow suit. Will Becks and Ritchie be behind the bar pulling pints however? Well, with this onslaught of celeb pub openings it would seem anything’s possible!
The Walmer Castle Pub, 58 Ledbury Road, W11 2AJ, www.walmercastlecastlenottinghill.co.uk