Celebrating the reopening of City pubs

25 May 2021

Reopening City pubs

To celebrate the return of indoor hospitality on Monday 17 May, the Lord Mayor of London, William Russell, accompanied by our Upper Warden, Jonathan Neame, Chief Executive of Shepherd Neame, and Jillian MacLean, Founder & CEO of bar and restaurant group Drake & Morgan, arrived at the Old Doctor Butler’s Head pub on a traditional horse-drawn dray to deliver a cask of beer.

The unusual spectacle delighted onlookers as they travelled from the Lord Mayor’s residence at Mansion House to the historic Shepherd Neame pub, one of the oldest in the City of London, with parts of the present building dating back to 1666. After their arrival, the cask was then rolled down to the pub, where the Lord Mayor gave a short speech and pulled a pint.

Lord Mayor of London, William Russell said: “Culture, heritage and hospitality are deeply rooted in the history of the City and it is part of what makes the Square Mile so attractive to visitors and workers alike. This is why today marks such a significant moment for the people working in these sectors and those that enjoy visiting these venues. The vibrancy and buzz which makes the City such an exciting place in which to work and visit is fast returning.”

Jonathan Neame said: “We approached the Lord Mayor about joining us for this special delivery as we wanted to do something out of the ordinary to mark today’s hugely positive milestone for our country, our pubs and our industry. The City of London is the greatest City and has some of the most characterful and individual pubs anywhere in the world. The City is safely open for business again and we want to encourage people to return soon.”