Late Knights Brewery has confirmed to M&C Report that it has secured £3.8m lottery funding for its innovative hybrid project in Catford.

In September M&C Report revealed founder Steve Keegan’s ambitious plans to create a pub, bakery, café and cinema in a collaboration with a charity.

Keegan has now confirmed that the site is the Grade II listed Fellowship Inn. He said he expects the pub element of the site to be open next year.

The site has a currently unused and dilapidated dance hall and cinema to the rear.

The housing co-operative Phoenix Community Housing submitted a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund after acquiring the freehold from Lewisham Council, and will now work with Late Knights to restore the site. Keegan also hopes to create an urban farm on the site.

The firm opens its fifth site in Ramsgate in two weeks and its sixth in Penge in February. Last month it moved into a permanent home in Gypsy Hill, next to a temporary site it spent 18 months on.

Keegan also told M&C Report the company is hosting live brews across its pub estate this Christmas.

The company is training managers from its bars in using live beer kits. Each outlet will get three different brews and will decide which should be the winner. Those winners will then compete against each other for the title of champion Late Knights beer.

Keegan said: “It’s a good talking point and it allows us to share skills across the workforce. The staff are really fired up about it. It’s something a bit different going on in the run-up to Christmas.

 

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