Fuller, Smith and Turner PLC, the London brewer and premium pub company, is delighted to announce the opening of The Astronomer [125- 129 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7JF]. The Astronomer is the latest addition to the Fuller’s Ale and Pie brand and was opened by Dallas Campbell, presenter of Bang Goes the Theory and formerly The Gadget Show.
The Astronomer is in a desirable location, only a minute’s walk from Liverpool Street Station, and has a strong cosmological theme running throughout the pub. The two bars have been aptly named The Observatory and The Hubble Room. A little known fact is that a Hubble is the collective noun for astronomers.
The pub takes its name from the building in which it sits. Astral House, was originally the home of the Jewish Board of Guardians. The Astronomer was previously known by another stellar-related name, The Shooting Star.
The large ground floor bar, The Observatory, has a wide selection of cask, keg and bottled beers to choose from. The biggest transformation in the pub has occurred downstairs – once a large but bare function room, The Hubble Room is now a cosy sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the City above. There are individual booths, each named after a famous astronomer, for intimate dining and cocktails. The Hubble Room bar now boasts a cocktail station, a large wine cooler and a genuine Wray telescope – the pub’s pièce de résistance.
Dallas Campbell said: “I’m really chuffed to have been asked to open The Astronomer. It’s great to see a pub show such an appreciation for science. I love the detail and thought put in to the decoration – I could spend a lot of time looking at all the artefacts here. The Wray telescope is particularly impressive – it’s the best I’ve seen in a while and definitely the best one I’ve seen in a pub.”
Jonathon Swaine, Managing Director of Fuller’s Inns said: “The Astronomer is a fantastic site and this new scheme really takes it to a new dimension. It’s the perfect marriage of science and beer – and the first time we’ve included two astronomical clocks in a pub’s design. If you have a passion for the stars, and a love of pies and pints, this really is the pub for you.”
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Fuller, Smith and Turner P.L.C. is an independent traditional family brewer founded in 1845 and is based at the historic Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, London, where brewing has taken place continuously since 1654. The Company runs 196 Tenanted Inns and 194 Managed Pubs and Hotels, with a focus on delicious fresh, home-cooked food, outstanding cask and craft ale, great wine, and exceptional service. The Company also has 665 boutique bedrooms in its Managed estate. The Fuller’s pub estate stretches from Brighton to Birmingham and from Bristol to the Greenwich Peninsula, including 173 locations within the M25. In 2014, Fuller’s acquired a 51% stake in The Stable, a craft cider and gourmet pizza restaurant business and has recently increased this to 76%. The Stable has 14 sites in England and Wales.
The Fuller’s Beer Company brews a portfolio of premium beers including London Pride, Oliver’s Island, ESB, Organic Honey Dew and Frontier Craft Lager. In 2013, the Company acquired Cornish Orchards, a craft cider maker producing a range of award-winning ciders and premium soft drinks. Fuller’s is also the UK distributor for Sierra Nevada, the premier US craft beer. In December 2015, Fuller’s acquired a 51% stake in Nectar Imports, a wholesale drinks business.