Update 28/4/21 - looks like good things do happen to nice people, as we've just heard that Westminster Council has approved the pub's reopening. "We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the tremendous support you have given us while campaigning to ‘Save The Cow’," says owner Tom Conran.
Our hearts go out to The Cow pub in Westbourne Grove. Not only are they having to deal with the commercial fallout from not having been open for most of the past 12 months because of lockdown. But now, Westminster Council have begun proceedings to review their licence. According to their post on Instagram, this was instigated "under the grounds of prevention of public nuisance, public safety and the prevention of crime and disorder."
As the kind of pub you're just as likely to see David Beckham sharing a quiet pint with Tom Cruise as you are foodies enjoying a plate of oysters with a perfectly poured Guinness, this is devastating news. But they're fighting back. They'd like anyone who has something positive to say about the pub's impact in the area to write to the council and to contradict any reports that it's a den of iniquity.
So far they've had promises of support from singer Ed Harcourt, fashionista Alex Eagle and model Jade Parfitt as well as chefs Robin Gill and Nina Parker and hundreds of locals.
If you're minded to help, they're asking you to email Westminster Council firstname.lastname@example.org and cc that to email@example.com with the reference 21/00981/LIREVP. Meanwhile, if you're local, you could order their lovely food on Deliveroo while we're still in lockdown.
More about The Cow
Where is it? 89 Westbourne Park Rd, London W2 5QH
When does it reopen? 17 May 2021
Delivery: Order on Deliveroo
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