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Famous Blue Posts pub reopened by former The End nightclub chiefs

Renowned club owners and restaurateurs Zoe and Layo Paskin rescue Chinatown pub

15 December, 2017 — By The Xtra Diary

Former owners A Yamashita and Michael Cowell

THERE has been a pub called The Blue Posts in Rupert Street, Chinatown, for generations.

It has a history stretching back 275 years, so it was with no measure of sadness and dismay that the Extra reported the news back in October 2016 that publicans Michael Cowell and his partner A Yamashita called it a day after 12 years.

What did the future hold for the place? Could it ever reopen as a proper boozer? Would a big chain be the only people able to afford such a lovely venue?

In the current climate, one would have bet against it returning, until saviours rode to the rescue in the shape of renowned club owners and restaurateurs Zoe and Layo Paskin.

The siblings ran The End night club, and are currently the masterminds behind The Palomar, also in Rupert Street, and The Barbary, in Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden.

They have earned a reputation for their excellence and last week gave The Blue Posts a soft opening.

Diary has learned they are keeping the ground floor as it was, basically a lovely boozer serving up regular pub food and offering a warm and welcoming haven from the craziness of the West End.

But they have worked their magic on the rest of the Grade II-listed building.

In the cellar, Evelyn’s Table is a small kitchen counter serving up a daily menu. Upstairs is The Mulwray, a cocktail bar with a wood-burning stove you can defrost next to.

It has long been the place to find theatre casts and back stage crews post-show. It’s nice to know their preferred nook is in good hands.

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