Jason Allen 21/06/24

A Brewing Pioneer Is Opening A Gastro....

According to legend, Jamie Allsopp’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather Samuel invented the IPA, using a teapot, back in 1822.

And although they might be brewing up a bit more than ale with that story, he was certainly one of the reasons it exists today. His name’s on the Wikipedia page and everything. So it feels quite appropriate that now his progeny Jamie, current head honcho at Allsopp’s brewery, is about to open a pub – and he’s getting a veritable superchef to help him do it.

The place is going to be called The Blue Stoops, and it’ll actually be modelled after the original Allsopp’s pub (also called The Blue Stoops) in Burton-upon-Trent. It was one of those pubs that was so old, no-one actually knows when it was build, nor is there any extant photo of it (but there are a few ancient floorplans buried in a local library).

Blue Stoops

Using those plans, and a little imagination, the Stoops is going to be recreated from scratch on Kensington Church Street. And as with any half decent 18th century pub, it’s going to be centred around its hand-pulled beer engines, which are going tube designed here to have elegant ‘swan necks’ to add a little theatricality to the whole affair. They’ll be pumping out those famed IPAs, as well as the brewery’s own pale ale and best bitter, with space for guest beers too.

And as for that chef? That would be none other than Lorcan Spiteri, the man behind Caravel, and child of both John Spiteri (co-founder of St John and Sessions Arts Club) and Melanie Arnold (co-founder of Rochelle Canteen), making him a chef who’s practically got béchamel running through his veins.

All he needs is another six or so generations to go toe-to-toe with Jamie, but it’s a good start.


NOTE: The Blue Stoops is set to open this September. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can find out more at the website right here

The Blue Stoops | 127-129 Kensington Church St, W8 7LP

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The Blue Stoops

127-129 Kensington Church St, Kensington, West London, W8 7LP