Antic to expand with purchase of Clapham Walkabout

By Emma Eversham

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The Walkabout in Clapham will be renovated to become the Battersea Mess & Music Hall
The Walkabout in Clapham will be renovated to become the Battersea Mess & Music Hall
London pub operator Antic has bought the former Walkabout Bar in Clapham, with plans to develop it into a bar and music venue.

Antic, led by Anthony Thomas, plans to refurbish the two-storey bar and reopen it as the Battersea Mess & Music Hall this autumn.

It is one of a handful of sites the operator, known for its 'back to basics' approach to pubs, is planning to open in south and east London this year. It already operates 16 in the capital, mostly in south London.

Anthony Jenkins, associate director of corporate pubs at Christie & Co, the agent in charge of the sale for Walkabout owner Intertain, said: “The group has 16 pubs, the majority of which are south of the river, and all are ‘proper pubs’ in traditional buildings with some of the best entertainment that London has to offer. We’re delighted to have sold this bar to this expanding empire.”

Antic will open its latest site, the Red Lion in Leytonstone, next week before opening the Clapton Hart in Lower Clapton Road. The company also plans to open the Greyhound in Sydenham this winter.

The former Walkabout, in Clapham's Lavender Gardens, was the location of the first Jongleur's Comedy Club. It was sold by Intertain, who took over the Walkabout brand along with Old Orleans following the collapse of Regent Inns in 2009.

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3 comments

@Henry

Posted by Emma Eversham,

Thanks for your comment Henry. There seems to be some dispute over whether the venue is in Battersea or Clapham. The property was marketed as being in Clapham and was known as the Clapham Walkabout by previous owners, but the new owners have called it the Battersea Mess in Battersea. Due to its close proximity to Clapham Junction station and Clapham Common I stuck with Clapham in the description for my story.

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Wrong

Posted by Henry,

This is in Battersea, not Clapham....

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Stephen

Posted by stephen minall,

Well hope this improves the food, the standards and food have not been great in this brand!

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