Top 10 famous pub landlords

David Beckham

Former footballer David Beckham recently bought London pub the Walmer Castle on Ledbury Road in Notting Hill for £3m with film director Guy Ritchie, which he’s given a trendy Soho House-style makeover to.

The Georgian pub, near his family home in Holland Park, is Beckham’s first foray into the on-trade, though he’s no stranger to the drinks business, being the co-owner of Diageo’s Haig Club whisky.

A stone’s throw from Notting Hill’s popular Portobello market, on the current menu you’ll find the likes of fried squid with peanut and sesame dressing; rosemary and garlic camembert baked in sourdough; and ale battered cod with triple cooked chips.

Beckham and his wife Victoria are known to have a taste for fine wine, celebrating their wedding anniversary last year with a £1,500 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from cult Californian producer Screaming Eagle, and a bottle of 1990 Château Lafite Rothschild.

2 Responses to “Top 10 famous pub landlords”

  1. Michael Burton says:

    “The top ten pub landlords and not a mention of Al Murray!!!!

  2. Jason Crobar says:

    The Grapes is the only one on the list that I’ve visited. I like to vacation in London, and on a Monday in June 2017, I arrived, saw a posting on FB from Sir Ian, saying he was personally hosting a pub quiz, and immediately decided to be there. The pub is narrow, and it was packed that night, but the quiz was great fun, and I shook the man’s hand as he left at the end of the evening. Now it’s a must-go place for me every time I visit London.

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