Tooting MP Sadiq Khan has announced that The Wheatsheaf pub is to reopen on Tuesday 3rd February.
In December it emerged that the tenants of the Tooting Bec pub, Antic London, were going to see their lease finish at the end of January, and no one else was lined up to take over the running of the pub. Sharing local concerns Sadiq Khan urged the pub owners, Enterprise Inns, to commit to keeping a pub on the site, and prevent a long period of closure. At the end of December they committed to do just that.
On Sunday 1st February Antic’s lease came to an end, and the doors of The Wheatsheaf were locked, with no news of a new company to take over.
Sadiq was straight on the case, and Enterprise Inns have now asked Sadiq to share the good news that a new company has been secured, and the doors will reopen tomorrow at 4pm. The manage Dave, and a number of other staff members will remain in position.
The news comes some 18 months after the community campaign to save the Tooting Bec pub from being turned into a supermarket or luxury flats began, and resulted in planning protection being put in place to protect the pub’s future.
Sadiq Khan MP said,
“Like many local residents I must admit that despite reassurances from the owners, I was worried that the doors would close at the end of January, with no sign of reopening.
“But I am pleased to report that Enterprise have been true to their word, and the doors of our Tooting Bec local will reopen on Tuesday! This is fantastic news for the local community, and pubs in our area. I look forward to welcoming the new tenants, and joining with local residents to enjoy The Wheatsheaf for many more years to come.”
You can read more about the campaign to save The Wheatsheaf here.