With the news that Pitbull will be opening a new restaurant in Miami, we got thinking about celebrities and pubs. There are all kinds of celebrity-run establishments dotted around the UK. Most are well-worth a visit – you might even spot an A-lister or two!
The tradition of celebrities buying up eateries and bars isn’t just a UK thing, of course. Plenty of US celebrities have been doing the same thing for years. Over in the states, if you’re planning a trip, you might want to visit Tagine – Ryan Gosling’s Moroccan-inspired Beverley Hills joint, or Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse in NYC. But it doesn’t stop there. Quentin Tarantino, Jon Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, Pete Wentz and Zach Braff are among the extensive list of celebrities-turned-proprietors in the US.
In our list, you’ll find fantastic places to eat out or go for a drink – just don’t forget to take a few snaps and keep your eyes peeled for the owners and their high profile friends and frequenters!
41 Farm St, Mayfair, London W1J 5RP
Guy Ritchie gained Madonna’s half of this historical pub in 2009 following the couple’s divorce, a year after the pub was purchased. By this point, the pub had become a certified hub for all kinds of high-profile celebs.
76 Narrow St, Poplar, London E14 8BP
Worried by the thought of this historic building (dating back to 1720) being altered or revamped, the loved British star bought up the venue in order to preserve it. Once frequented by Charles Dickens himself, nowadays The Grapes is a tourist destination. According to the Evening Standard , McKeller and his former partner Sean Mathias bought up the pub together in 2012, in order to save it from gentrification in the area. Look out for celebrities here, too!
Paley St, Littlefield Green, Maidenhead SL6 3JN
British talk show host favourite Sir Michael Parkinson co-owns this Maidenhead pub with his son Nick. Together in 2010, the father and son gained a Michelin star for the Royal Oak in recognition of their fantastic attention to detail.
London, Manchester & Old Trafford
Opened by Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs in London, Manchester and Old Trafford, the restaurant for football fans is now set to launch in Singapore. Though it might not necessarily be the place to go for a hot date, if you’re looking for a casual bite to eat before you watch a game, it’s the perfect spot.
43 Spring Gardens, Manchester M2 2BG
Recently revamped, this glitzy bar restaurant boasts a loud, mirrored interior, vast bar and modern Italian menu in a Grade II listed building. The restaurant, meaning ‘red’ in Italian, is a homage to the player’s love for Manchester United.
35 Old Church St, Chelsea, London SW3 5BS
Continuing with the footballers theme, the Pig’s Ear in Chelsea is a cosy gastropub, owned by ex-Chelsea player Frank Lampard and his father. Expect modern British and French brasserie-style dining, and local brews at the bar. Prince William and Kate Middleton are among the star-studded list of frequenters.
Cromlix, Kinbuck FK15 9JT
Andy Murray took on Cromlix hotel and restaurant, close to his home town of Dunblane in 2014. The tennis champion has refurbished the Victorian mansion into a luxury five star destination. See the beautifully crafted afternoon tea below!