A hugely successful gastro pub in London is set to close after being stung by a huge hike in rents, it has claimed.
The Truscott Arms, in Maida Vale, opened three years ago and has won acclaim for its food under the stewardship of head chef Aiden McGee.
But it has been saddled with a £75,000 increase in rent and faces an additional back-dated rent demand of £330,000.
Truscott Arms owner Andrew Fishwick – who appeared on a Gram panel last year discussing the challenges of energy efficiency kitchens – said the demands had made the business “untenable”.
He told the Evening Standard that the “situation just feels incredibly unfair”, adding: “We are incredibly proud of all that The Truscott Arms means. Not just because we created an exceptional, award-winning pub but because we built a meaningful hub in our community, a hub that was run with passion by a loyal, dedicated team for all of our guests.”
It is thought that Mr Fishwick and wife Mary-Jane, who owns and runs the business with him, are now exploring new projects and new sites.
News of the situation has angered locals, who have set up a petition to save the pub.