CHIGWELL: Pub bought by Alan Sugar to become Turkish restaurant

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A TURKISH restaurant will open later this year in an historic Chigwell pub.

Ye Olde Kings Head in the High Road, which was bought by entrepreneur Alan Sugar in April, will be run by Dylan Hunt, who will move his Buckhurst Hill restaurant Sheesh there.

Famous visitors to the pub are said to have included Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill and highway man Dick Turpin.

Lord Sugar’s son, Daniel, who runs the Loughton-based property company Amsprop that will continue to own the building, said that he would restore the pub, which is said to be 600 years old, working closely with English Heritage and spending “a lot of money” on it.

“By the end of the year, it’s going to look absolutely amazing,” he added. “The building, I think, has been frankly neglected for many years and there is going to be a substantial refurbishment. It will probably be finished by mid-November this year.

“I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised.”

Mr Hunt said: “I have been looking for somewhere else for a long time. Daniel Sugar comes into the restaurant a lot and he mentioned it to me.

“I have opened up a barn-sized space on the side of the pub, which has a 50-foot ceiling and I’m taking two floors out to create a big space that will be a kitchen and a bar.”

He added that although there would be a bar and entertainment in the restaurant, this would only be for diners.

“There will be entertainment for after dinner and hopefully a few celebrities.”

A former regular at the pub, Glen Buckingham, 58, of Oak Lodge Avenue, Chigwell, said: “There are no pubs left in Chigwell, except the King William IV.

"It’s ridiculous around here now. It used to be a village and now there are flats everywhere.”

Peter Price, 55, of Hainault, said: “There was a restaurant upstairs before and it would seem that would be enough.

“I think it’s a shame to lose the pub, but it will be interesting to see how it does.”

Stewart Alexander, 54, of Linkside, Chigwell, said: “It’s another nail in the coffin. It’s a shame to lose a pub.”

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10:43pm Thu 22 Jul 10

rubberneck says...

English Heritage? Turkish Restaurant? Very trafitional?
Do we really need yet another kebab shop opening in a Listed Building?
No wonder the bloke in the Bluebell up the road sold up and bolted.
English Heritage? Turkish Restaurant? Very trafitional? Do we really need yet another kebab shop opening in a Listed Building? No wonder the bloke in the Bluebell up the road sold up and bolted. rubberneck
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6:33am Fri 23 Jul 10

ConcernedofLoughton says...

The thing that concerns me most about this isnt the change from a pub to a restaurant or the different food it will now be serving but the words "hopefully a few celebrities".
The thing that concerns me most about this isnt the change from a pub to a restaurant or the different food it will now be serving but the words "hopefully a few celebrities". ConcernedofLoughton
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8:12am Fri 23 Jul 10

Morris Hickey says...

How outrageous that a very old, historic and traditional inn is to be turned into a wholly inappropriate, excluding (rather than exclusive) restaurant for the delectation of Mr Sugar's flash friends.
How outrageous that a very old, historic and traditional inn is to be turned into a wholly inappropriate, excluding (rather than exclusive) restaurant for the delectation of Mr Sugar's flash friends. Morris Hickey
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8:54am Fri 23 Jul 10

The Drains says...

If it had been cheaper and more welcoming it would probably still be a pub..
If it had been cheaper and more welcoming it would probably still be a pub.. The Drains
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11:47am Fri 23 Jul 10

Dennis Briggs says...

You mention that Dick Turpin frequented the pub.
Well at least he wore a mask! We have been "robbed" of another pub in Chigwell.
Thank you Sugar for nothing.
Has planning been given?
You mention that Dick Turpin frequented the pub. Well at least he wore a mask! We have been "robbed" of another pub in Chigwell. Thank you Sugar for nothing. Has planning been given? Dennis Briggs
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12:06pm Fri 23 Jul 10

ConcernedofLoughton says...

Dennis Briggs wrote:
You mention that Dick Turpin frequented the pub. Well at least he wore a mask! We have been "robbed" of another pub in Chigwell. Thank you Sugar for nothing. Has planning been given?
Does anyone round here actually listen to the planning authority anyway? Most just seem to do what they fancy and then get retrospective permission, or continue trading anyway if they cant get that.
[quote][p][bold]Dennis Briggs[/bold] wrote: You mention that Dick Turpin frequented the pub. Well at least he wore a mask! We have been "robbed" of another pub in Chigwell. Thank you Sugar for nothing. Has planning been given?[/p][/quote]Does anyone round here actually listen to the planning authority anyway? Most just seem to do what they fancy and then get retrospective permission, or continue trading anyway if they cant get that. ConcernedofLoughton
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12:48pm Fri 23 Jul 10

fjl says...

What a real shame!
What a real shame! fjl
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7:51pm Fri 23 Jul 10

The Goat says...

Fantastic news! The local landmark is now in good hands! The fact that there is going to be "a lot of money spent on it" means that one of the jewels of Chigwell will remain for many years to come.
Also Sheesh is one of my favourite local restaurants, and its moving even nearer my home, which means I wont have the hassle of the current parking and traffic problems experienced to get my chicken kebab and ezme salad!
Fantastic news! The local landmark is now in good hands! The fact that there is going to be "a lot of money spent on it" means that one of the jewels of Chigwell will remain for many years to come. Also Sheesh is one of my favourite local restaurants, and its moving even nearer my home, which means I wont have the hassle of the current parking and traffic problems experienced to get my chicken kebab and ezme salad! The Goat
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8:21pm Fri 23 Jul 10

MICHAEL MCGOUGH says...

With Cameron and Hague pushing for Turkey to join the EU thereby granting free UK access to 70-80 million Turks this sounds like a good commercial decision.
With Cameron and Hague pushing for Turkey to join the EU thereby granting free UK access to 70-80 million Turks this sounds like a good commercial decision. MICHAEL MCGOUGH
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4:25am Sat 24 Jul 10

Investigations says...

How fortunate that the King's Head has fallen into the hands of such a sensitive, civilized and refined man as Alan Sugar. Those who have been fortunate enough to witness his gifted TV performances will know that he is to be trusted to make dignified changes to this old inn with state of the art innovations! As soon as Turkey forces itself into the EU there will, no doubt, be vast numbers of Ottomans arriving to sample Sugar's Turkish Delights and smoke the hookahs in the old bar! Once the Sultan's Head is firmly established perhaps space can be found for an appropriate place of worship nearby? Poor Barnaby, if he wasn't mentally afflicted then he would be now!
How fortunate that the King's Head has fallen into the hands of such a sensitive, civilized and refined man as Alan Sugar. Those who have been fortunate enough to witness his gifted TV performances will know that he is to be trusted to make dignified changes to this old inn with state of the art innovations! As soon as Turkey forces itself into the EU there will, no doubt, be vast numbers of Ottomans arriving to sample Sugar's Turkish Delights and smoke the hookahs in the old bar! Once the Sultan's Head is firmly established perhaps space can be found for an appropriate place of worship nearby? Poor Barnaby, if he wasn't mentally afflicted then he would be now! Investigations
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10:11am Sat 24 Jul 10

Morris Hickey says...

When it comes to mental affliction it certainly seems manifest in "Investigations". What a load of old crap!
When it comes to mental affliction it certainly seems manifest in "Investigations". What a load of old crap! Morris Hickey
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