Walking out of Hampstead Heath Overground today, I was pleased to see that the Magdala on South Hill Park had finally reopened.
Camden Conservatives, and especially my Hampstead Town colleague Tom Currie, fought hard to save the Magdala, which had been threatened with conversion into flats.
Thanks to the campaign, we secured the pub its status as an ‘Asset of Community Value’, making it harder to change into anything else and securing its return as a pub.
The Magdala has a place in infamy as the place that Ruth Ellis – the last woman to be executed – shot her partner. But more recently, it became more famous for its excellent food – let’s hope that remains.
The pub is now owned and operated by the same team that runs the Stag on Fleet Road, which makes it more likely that they’ll stick around and remain a real pillar of the community.
Upon seeing that it had reopened, I immediately felt obliged to nip in for my first pint there for a while – I hope you do, too!
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