Craft beer kings plan takeover of The Hopsmiths in Crouch Hill
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The team who turned a Kentish Town pub into a craft beer haven are hoping to work their magic at a closed-down Crouch Hill boozer currently housing squatters.
Carouse London has applied for an alcohol licence so it can reopen The Hopsmiths, which has been closed since last year.
Brothers Theo and Ben Caudell and Chris Hurd, who co-founded Carouse, have picked up numerous accolades since taking over The Rose and Crown in 2015 and Theo told the Gazette their plan was to do exactly the same with The Hopsmiths.
That will be music to the ears of beer geeks everywhere, though they will first have to move on a group of squatters who moved into the pub three weeks ago.
The Gazette understands the owners of the building have taken legal action to get them evicted by Tuesday next week, though they are still camped in there at the moment.
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“It’s a lovely little pub in a good area and it’s right next to the station,” Theo said. “We are going to try and r eplicate what we have done with The Rose and Crown. What we have based it on is it being a really comfortable pub, the kind of pubs we went to when we were younger, comfort and good vibes.
“It’s also got 22 draft lines which will allow us to replicate what we’ve done here, but it also has a much better kitchen so we can do better food.”
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Previous owners Late Knights took over the pub, then known as The Noble, in 2015. But in August last year they announced its closure.
Carouse is applying for permission to sell booze until 11pm Monday to Wednesday, midnight from Thursday to Saturday and 10.30pm on Sundays. The pub would be open until 12.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Councillors will vote on whether to grant the licence at a town hall meeting on Tuesday.
One neighbour has objected because of noise issues during its previous incarnation, but the town hall licensing officers have raised no concerns.
Theo said if all went to plan the pub could be open by November, though a more realistic aim was to be pulling pints before the end of the year.