Soho’s Molly Moggs pub to become cocktail bar

06 July 2017

Well-known London LGBT venue Molly Moggs is to be transformed into a new cocktail bar named the Compton Cross, under a new joint-venture with between Ei Group and The Marylebone Leisure Group.

The site will temporarily close for refurbishment work, to re-open late summer as a 'stylish' bar serving home-infused spirits and cocktails, alongside craft beer.

The bar will be the first site under the new Marmalade Pub Company, which will be operated under Ei’s Managed Investments partnership arm. It also plans to take on the Portobello Star as its second site later this summer, while The Crown and Treaty in Uxbridge will be the company’s third venue, opening this autumn.

'Molly Moggs has traditionally been positioned as an LGBT+ venue and we fully recognise the importance of this status for local people,' Lawrence Santi, co-founder of the Marylebone Leisure Group and Marmalade Pub Company, said.

'As such we’ve been working closely with London’s Night Czar, Amy Lamé, to ensure that the Compton Cross continues to be a fully inclusive and welcoming venue for all members of the local community and visitors to the area.'

'As with all Marmalade Pub Company sites, the back-bar will be made up almost entirely of our own spirits and liqueurs, with cocktails made by our fully-trained team of mixologists, so we’re bringing something different to Soho,' Santi added.

London’s night czar, Amy Lamé, added: 'The Marmalade Pub Company has become the first signatory of the new LGBT+ Venues Charter which I have developed alongside The Mayor to help safeguard venues for the LGBT+ community. We are delighted that The Compton Cross (formerly Molly Moggs) will continue to be an LGBT+ venue.'

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