Cymon Eckel, the music and bar industry veteran behind London venues such as Riki Tik in Soho and XOYO in Shoreditch, has started a new venture targeting premium neighbourhood pubs with the acquisition of the Half Moon in Dulwich from Trust Inns. The site will sit in Eckel’s new vehicle Britannia Pub Co and will be relaunched next year after a refurbishment. Colliers International handled the sale. Eckel said: “Acquiring the Half Moon has to be one of the most satisfying deals I’ve done. Everybody loves and knows the site – it’s beautiful. We are going to work extremely hard to make the business one of the exciting prospects of next year.” Ross Kirton, director at Colliers International, said: “Cymon has had notable success in the licensed sector. Having recently sold XOYO he now plans to develop The Britannia Pub Company a new venture that focuses purely on creating premium neighbourhood pubs. The Half Moon has enormous potential and we are sure Cymon will maximise this.” Eckel was also involved in the music festival Vapour and music fanzine Boys Own.

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