Half Moon set to reopen in 2016
On Monday (4 January), The Dulwich Estate confirmed that they have signed a lease on the Half Moon with pub operator Fuller Smith & Turner Plc (Fullers). Fullers aim to reopen the pub, complete with a small number of hotel bedrooms, in the late summer 2016 subject to gaining relevant planning and listed building consents.
In December 2015, the Half Moon was made an Asset of Community Value (ACV) by Southwark Council.
Peter Blair, who has been leading the campaign to save the Half Moon said: "Our position is that we are delighted to hear about plans for the reopening of the Half Moon 2016. As the pub is now an Asset of Community Value, we will continue to seek to work with Fullers to reinstate the live music and performance tradition at the Half Moon when it reopens. This is the pub where Dylan Thomas drank, Frank Sinatra sang, U2 first met Chris Blackwell from Island Records, and Eddie Izzard and Jo Brand performed stand-up. It's a unique proposition for Fullers, and we very much hope that they will respect both the traditions of the pub and the will of the local community to retain it as a grassroots music venue moving forward."
The Save the Half Moon Campaign is also intending to hand-in its e-petition to save the Half Moon as a grassroots music venue to City Hall later this month, and accordingly gain active support from the Mayor’s Music Venues Taskforce. The petition now has over 6,300 signatures, including from musicians such as Paul Young, Rolo McGinty and Laura Kidd, and from actor/director Mark Rylance amongst others.
The news also appeared in Tuesday's online edition of the London Evening Standard. You can read the story here.