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Munich Cricket Club moves to flagship site with second to open this year

Moonshine Bars has moved its Munich Cricket Club, a Bavarian bierkeller concept - 100 metres up the street in London's Victoria, and is set to open a second new site in Canary Wharf.

Led by father and son team, Tom and Robbie Gill, Moonshine Bars opened its original 350-cover Munich Cricket Club in April 2016.

Like the previous branch, there is nine Munich Biers on draught, authentic German fare and Oompah music Thursdays and Saturdays.

Moonshine Bars – which operates The Rose gastro-pub in Chelsea and The Loose Box Bar & Kitchen in Westminster – is also set to open a further site for its bierkeller concept in Canary Wharf at the former La Tasca.

This listed building, a former warehouse has outstanding space on the ground floor and basement as well as a very large terrace overlooking the dock and fronting the main offices at Canary Wharf.

The unit will feature a traditional Munich Bierhall and a large ski chalet inside and a Munich Biergarten outside.

Paul Tallentyre, Executive Director, Davis Coffer Lyons, said, “Munich Cricket Club has become an immensely popular venue due to its extensive German beers and exuberant atmosphere and weekly Oompah Bands. Tom and Robbie are extremely talented operators, and these are two great opportunities for them to continue growing the business.”

Drink-focused pubs are leading the charge in terms of sales in hospitality market and there have been strong wet-led sales in 2019 according to the Coffer Peach Business Tracker data, which showed food like-for-like sales in pubs were up a modest 0.8% while drink like-for-likes jumped almost 3% in April 2019.

“We have seen great resilience across pub trading despite low consumer confidence, showing pubs to be a relatively “safe haven” for UK investors in an adverse Brexit situation. Fundamentally pubs are fairly defensive in uncertain times”, added Tallentyre.