Historic London pub to re-open with new cocktail lounge

Zoë and Layo Paskin

A new cocktail lounge is to open in Soho in London as part of a redevelopment of the historic Blue Posts pub.

The site on the edge of Chinatown is due to reopen next month with a new look for The Blue Posts on the ground floor but with the cellar transformed into dining area Evelyn’s Table, where around 11 guests will be served food straight from the kitchen.

The first-floor function room will become The Mulwray, a cocktail lounge, described as a richly decorated cocktail lounge with dark velvets, Connemara marble and satin brass details alongside furnishings in soft pink.

The room will have a wood burning stove and a bar “crammed” with spirits and wines. The whole venue is being redeveloped with architect David Archer of Archer Humphryes.

The project at 28 Rupert Street is being carried out by siblings Zoë and Layo Paskin (pictured), the owners of restaurant The Palomar at 34 Rupert Street which specialises in the food of modern-day Jerusalem, influenced by southern Spain, north Africa and the Levant. They also own Covent Garden restaurant The Barbary and coffee house Jacob the Angel.

At The Blue Posts, head chef Nacho Pinilla – executive chef of The Barbary – will create a daily changing menu for Evelyn’s Table as well as a bar menu for the pub and the cocktail lounge.

The new owners say they want to be “custodians” of the site that has been home to a pub since at least 1739. A spokesperson said: “We are proud to continue this long tradition, but also thrilled to be bringing some of our own identity to it.

“We have always aimed to create the kind of places where we would like to go to ourselves. Our wines, ales, beers and spirits have been carefully chosen from independent producers who share our passion for quality and fun.”

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