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New Lucky Onion pub on course to open

Watchers of the Julian Dunkerton inspired Lucky Onion hotel and pub group will be aware of his interests in a certain Minchinhampton pub.

All eyes in the Cotswold town have been on developments at the pub, which locals campaigned to keep as their favourite watering hole, since the aforementioned fashion brand founder took it over.

Cheltenham-based Dowdeswell Estates is the building firm making it all happen and working to bring a number of properties - usually of some historic or architectural significance - back to life.

"We're scheduled to complete at the end of October/beginning of November," said Chris Gage, from Dowdeswell Estates, referring also to the Kings House on the Promenade in Cheltenham.

The Lucky onion employed Cheltenham and Gloucester-based SF Planning Limited to draw up plans to reopen the 300-year-old Gloucestershire pub after six years closed, and those plans were approved by Stroud District Council in May.

The Grade II Listed Crown Inn in Minchinhampton was bought by Superdry founder Mr Dunkerton's Lucky Onion Group in 2018.

The Lucky Onion group is also undertaking a refurbishment of Cheltenham's George Hotel and Kings House on the Promenade and rumoured to be 'very interested' in the former Fleece Hotel in the centre of Gloucester.

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