Electric Star Group, the London pub company headed up by Rob Star, is to restore a site in Bellingham – its first venue in the south east of the capital.
The Grade II listed Fellowship and Star is a £4m restoration project granted to Phoenix Community Housing Association by Heritage Lottery Fund, and will open in early 2019 in partnership with Electric Star Group.
The former Fellowship Inn was the first interwar pub to open on a housing estate.
Housing a cinema, theatre, café, pub and music rehearsal space, the project will also create a new community space for the local community.
“I’m really excited to finally be opening a site south of the river,” Star says.
“I attended Goldsmiths College in the mid 90s and spent eight 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.”
The project will create 70 new jobs, along with at least 45 apprentices over the next 15 years and volunteering opportunities for local people.
Electric Star Group currently hold the licenses for five pubs in Bethnal Green, Leyton, Leytonstone, Hackney Downs and King’s Cross.