Electric Star Group to open first south east London location

The Fellowship and Star

Electric Star Group has partnered with Pheonix Community Housing to restore a Grade II listed pub in Bellingham, due to reopen in 2019 as The Fellowship and Star.

A £4 million lottery-funded restoration project granted will see the historic Grade II listed building transformed.

It will be the first south east London location for Electric Star Group, which currently holds the license for five pubs in Bethnal Green, Leyton, Leytonstone, Hackney Downs and King’s Cross.

Built in the 1920s, the former Fellowship Inn was part of a ‘Homes for Heroes’ development to ease inner city overcrowding following the First World War.

The pub later acted as a training base and home for the heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper ahead of his 1963 fight with Cassius Clay, and its large theatre was graced by bands including Fleetwood Mac and Eric Clapton.

The new Fellowship and Star will include a renovated cinema, live music, theatre and comedy venue, café, music hub and rehearsal space and a complete restoration of the 1920s pub. It will also serve as a community space, which is available for hire.

Rob Star, director of Electric Star Group, said: “The Fellowship has such an amazing history and we are really excited about working with Phoenix to restore this beautiful pub to its former glory and make it an asset that the whole community can enjoy.”

Phoenix chief executive Jim Ripley added: “The restoration of the Fellowship is an amazing project that will transform Bellingham, and we’re very excited to be working with Electric Star Group on bringing the pub back as a thriving community venue. “It’s going to a fantastic new resource for the community and we can’t wait for the opening.”

Since acquiring their first venue in 2008, Electric Star Group have secured a further four locations, establishing a network of independent venues despite pub closures across the UK.They currently hold the license for five pubs in Bethnal Green, Leyton, Leytonstone, Hackney Downs and King’s Cross.

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