The Fellowship in Bellingham

New pub operator announced for restored Fellowship

Updated: 11 December 2018 at 14:51pm

We are delighted to announce that Electric Star Group will be the new pub operator when the newly restored Fellowship opens in early 2019.

The Fellowship in Bellingham will include a cinema, theatre, café, restored pub and music rehearsal space following the completion of a £4million restoration project funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Grade II listed building was built in the 1920s and is steeped in history. It was the training base for the heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper ahead of his 1963 fight with Cassius Clay, and its theatre has been graced by bands including Fleetwood Mac and the Yardbirds.

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Phoenix Community Housing Chief Executive Jim Ripley said: “The restoration of the Fellowship is an amazing project that will transform Bellingham, and we’re very excited to be working with Electric Star Group on bringing the pub back as a thriving community venue. It’s going to be a fantastic new resource for the community and we can’t wait for the opening.”

Plans for the restored venue were developed after a large public consultation and will create dozens of jobs and apprenticeships for local people.

Alongside the restoration works, the three arts and heritage projects are being delivered to capture the rich history of the building - to be called the Fellowship and Star on reopening - and the local community.

Electric Star Group, who were secured with the support of Savills, currently operate pubs in five locations with a focus on quality food, drink, people, entertainment and music in venues with character.

Director of Electric Star Group Rob Star said: "I’m really excited to finally be opening a site south of the river. I attended Goldsmiths College in the mid-’90s and spent 8 years living in various parts of south east London, so its great to be back.

"The Fellowship has such an amazing history and we are really excited about working with Phoenix to restore this beautiful pub to its former glory and make it an asset that the whole community can enjoy."

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