THE HALF MOON IN HERNE HILL IS SAVED!

The beloved Half Moon pub in Herne Hill, which was forced to close in August 2013 after a water main burst, leaving homes and businesses underwater, is set to reopen by late summer 2016

A spirited online petition, set up by campaign group Save the Half Moon Pub Herne Hill with support from local celebrities like Jo Brand and Jay Rayner, called on Mayor Boris Johnson to save the pub from closure and was signed by more than 6,000 people. The venue has played a key role in the live music scene since the 1950s, with the likes of Frank Sinatra calling in after a London show to sing a number, and the likes of Eric Clapton, U2, Billy Bragg, The Police and Paloma Faith performing there.

On Monday, pub freeholders The Dulwich Estate and London brewers Fuller’s announced a deal to reopen it later this year.

The Half Moon, Herne Hill (photo by Matthew Black / Flickr)

The Half Moon, Herne Hill (photo by Matthew Black / Flickr)

Commenting on its acquisition of The Half Moon, Herne Hill, a spokesperson for Fuller, Smith &
Turner PLC said: ‘We are delighted to announce that we have acquired the lease for The Half Moon,
Herne Hill. In conjunction with The Dulwich Estate, we will be making a substantial investment in the pub to return it to its former glory.

‘We aim to be reopening the pub, complete with a small number of hotel bedrooms, in the late summer subject to gaining relevant planning and listed building consents. Fuller’s is famous for providing great hospitality, a fantastic range of beers, wines and delicious, fresh food in an excellent environment and The Half Moon will be no exception.

‘Our aim is to create a wonderful pub that the local community can be proud of and that will have a place in the daily life of Herne Hill for many years to come.’

Today, Peter Blair, who runs the Save the Half Moon Campaign and who has been working very closely with the Dulwich Society, told Brixton Buzz: ‘This is positive news. We will continue to work for and seek assurances on the future of the Half Moon as a grassroots music venue, including handing in our change.org petition, which now has 6,300 signatures to City Hall later this month.’

Video: Jay Rayner lent his voice to the campaign

Photos by Ewan Munro and Matthew Black

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