Great news - the new tenant of the Clissold Arms has today made the following statement;
We are thrilled to have secured the site of The Clissold Arms for our next venture. It will reopen as a gastropub this summer, following a major refurbishment.
In respect to the Kinks Memorabilia & subsequent historical connection to the Clissold Arms, I would like to confirm the following: We have no intention of removing it from the building; at no point did I use the word 'auction'- or state that the Kinks historical connection to the Clissold was not in keeping with the way we wish to run the Pub.
Our only aim is to enhance both the natural features & atmosphere of the Clissold Arms & to provide a quality food offering. Our recent comments in the Muswell Hill Journal on this matter were completely misinterpreted and untrue.
Caroline Jones, Jobo Developments
We would like to thank you for your invaluable help in bringing this story to the attention of supporters and the media worldwide.
So, it seems that the concerns were unfounded - which is not surprising, as the financial sense alone of retaining the Kinks link seems clear. It has been good to have such a large demonstration of support for the Kinks though, connecting people across the world and raising the profile of Fortis Green and the Clissold Arms.
We can all look forward to the pub's reopening now!