Marble Hill pub in family hands
A former Young’s pub rumoured to have been sold to Sainsbury’s has a new set of owners – a young family from St Margarets with plans for a family pub.
Roger and Magdalena Davy bought the Marble Hill pub from Fourteen Investment in July after it was bought by the property company, alongside the Old Anchor, which are both in Richmond Road, Twickenham.
They are keen to make the site family-friendly area and want to build a children’s playground, serve high quality pizza and pasta dishes, and provide beers from around the world.
A spokeswoman from Sainsbury’s confirmed the site had been considered for a new store, but said no purchase was made.
The spokeswoman said: “For one reason or another it was not going to work. I think it’s just one of those things that is just a rumour.”
The couple, who bought the pub for £625,000, are now renovating the site while looking after their two-year-old son Aleksander and preparing for another arrival, due in December.
Mr Davy said: “For us it’s a very good combination of a business and a home. We love the area.”
In keeping with the family vibe they are changing the name of the pub to Aleksander.
Mr Davy said: “We were trying to find a new name and thought as he will be growing up around here and spending a significant time around the pub it would be nice.
“Also as we want it to be a family pub we thought it would be one of the best ways to convey that message.”
A Young’s spokesman said: “The sale included the dispensing equipment and Young’s also transferred the licence to the buyers. Furthermore, there’s a restrictive covenant on the title that only allows for pub or licensed restaurant use.
"The new owners are indeed now free to source their beer from any supplier.”
An official opening party will be held on October 2.