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Some friends*recently moved into a house near*a Victorian pub on a London back street.

“Everyone thinks we’re lucky,” says our friend,*“but I went once and wasn’t made welcome.”
The rumour is that someone*wanted to turn it into a gastropub like all the others in the area, but the family of gangsters who own it said no*—*they like it how it is.
That is, frozen in time c.1975, with*bars on its doors, faded paintwork, dusty carpets, and a mere handful of*customers.
Has CAMRA explored mob ownership as a way of preserving traditional pub character?
Doug & Dinsdale, Pub Preservationists