Colindale pub named a top community local in national awards

Colindale pub named a top community local in national awards

Colindale’s oldest pub, the Chandos Arms on Colindale Avenue, has been named this week as one of six finalists for Best Community Pub in the Great British Pub Awards. Known as the Oscars of the pub industry, the GBPA awards attract hundreds of entries from around the UK. The winners are due to be announced at a glittering central London awards ceremony in September.

The prestigious accolade is the second recognition for the Chandos Arms and licensee Emily Koltveit in recent months. Emily received a Civic Award from the Mayor of Barnet in March recognising the positive impact that the Chandos Arms has on the community.

The awards are testimony to the commitment and dedication of Emily and her husband Are who gave up their jobs to take over the Chandos Arms in 2014 having never run a pub before.

In just three years, Emily, formerly a church administrator, and Are, a sound technician, have transformed the Chandos Arms from a little used pub with a poor reputation into a thriving community local. During that time they have made the Chandos Arms a welcoming hub for Colindale, laying on events such as free family fun days, opening up the pub for community meetings and charity fundraisers and creating a reputation as one of North London’s best live music venues. The couple have also refurbished throughout and introduced home cooked food.

Says Emily, “We believe pubs have a vital role to play in the community and can be a real force for good so we’re chuffed to bits to be named as one of the six best locals in the country. It’s a real tribute to Colindale residents, our regulars and staff who have supported us every step of the way. We couldn’t have done it and we wouldn’t be here without them.”

Adds Emily, “Colindale’s redevelopment is exciting but the area is losing many of its old buildings. The Chandos Arms has been here since 1912, we’d like to play a part in preserving it as thriving local for generations to come.”

Tim Galligan, Operations Director for Star Pubs & Bars which owns the Chandos Arms, said: “This is well deserved recognition for the huge amount of energy, hard work and passion that Emily and Are have put into reviving the Chandos Arms’ fortunes. They have built an outstanding pub that is truly at the heart of its community.”