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Farewell Poppy and Phil from the Pineapple pub

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The regulars came in large numbers to say goodbye

It was a start with a difference – regulars at Kentish Town’s Pineapple pub weren’t going to let manager Poppy Stewart and her husband Phil slip away quietly behind the NW5 bar.

The couple, who have worked through The Pineapple in Leverton Street and Tapping the Admiral in Castle Road, were also behind the reopening of The Lady Hamilton on Kentish Town Road three years ago.

They are now heading to the town of Southbourne, Dorset, to take over running The Larder House, an independent restaurant. Regulars – including Labor leader and Holborn and St Pancras MP Keir Starmer – lined up on Tuesday night to turn roles and serve the owners’ popular drinks as they wished them well in their new adventure.

Poppy and Phil, with three of the pub’s biggest fans, Sir Keir Starmer, his wife Victoria and Victoria’s father Bernard Alexander

Ms Stewart told the New review: “We are so sad to leave but we are so grateful to everyone. We have truly felt the love. We have had eight wonderful years working for the best of the best in the Free House pub business – Kirk McGrath and Paul Davis.

“We feel so lucky to have worked with the staff and made real friends with regulars, who were the best mentors we could have asked for.

“We would also like to thank the New review for your support over the years, and the person without whom we couldn’t have done it – our handyman Jeff Baptista