Image above: Chris Beauchamp and Katherine Griffiths getting ready to open the Station House
A traditional boozer
The Station House pub in Grove Park is due to reopen in the next few days. Chris Beauchamp has taken over the tenancy. His company Two Pillars will run it in partnership with Punch, the pub and bar operator which has some 1,300 leased pubs across the UK.
Chris told The Chiswick Calendar they were aiming for the evening of Friday 15 July but rather than put themselves under too much pressure they had decided on a “soft launch”, ie. opening the doors to the public whenever they have unpacked the last of the boxes.
The pub will be run by manager Katherine Griffiths and they plan to run it as a good old-fashioned boozer.
“It has such beautiful classic pub charm, we just want to keep as much as possible of that” said Kat.
They will be serving drinks only until mid-August – London Pride and Chiswick bitter – and hope to start offering food on 15 August once the kitchen refurbishment is finished.
“We’ll be serving tapas style food and British pub classics” said Kat, “but it won’t be a gastro pub.”
Image above: The Station House pub, Grove Park
Both Katherine and Chris have family in Chiswick. Chris was born in Hammersmith and grew up in Brentford, so they know the area well. Chris trained with Fuller’s and has been managing pubs for 15 years. He and Kat have worked together for several years.
There has been quite a bit of work to do on the pub to get it ready to open: fixing the ceilings, dealing with damp and sanding the floors. All that’s left now is the boxes, which on Thursday evening were still piled high.
They have taken over the tenancy from landlords who have tried several times to get planning permission to reduce the ground floor bar area and refurbish the upstairs as flats. The building is listed and each application so far has been turned down. The last tenants closed the pub when the pandemic started and it has remained empty and boarded up for a couple of years.
A new sign on the wall promising a packed summer of events is not to be taken too seriously. Standard issue from Punch, Chris says the most they aspire to in the near future is a pub quiz.
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