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All Guns blazing as boozer named London Pub of the Year'

PUBLISHED: 08:00 01 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:58 05 October 2010

A HISTORIC East End boozer which was rebuilt after a major fire has been named as London pub of the year by a handbook for pub aficionados. The Gun in Coldharbour on the Isle of Dogs was restored by brothers Tom and Ed Martin after the blaze in 2001 forc

A HISTORIC East End boozer which was rebuilt after a major fire has been named as London pub of the year by a handbook for pub aficionados.

The Gun in Coldharbour on the Isle of Dogs was restored by brothers Tom and Ed Martin after the blaze in 2001 forced its closure for three years.

It is a newcomer to the Good Pub Guide which has named it as the London Pub of the Year in the 2010 edition which comes out today. The Grade II listed building took its name from the cannon which was fired to celebrate the opening of nearby West India Dock in 1802.

Lord Nelson had a house nearby and frequented the pub and had assignations with his lover Lady Hamilton there.

Tom Martin said: "We're absolutely delighted to be named as London pub of the year. That sort of recognition is absolutely fantastic. We spent a fortune doing it up and we have employed some fantastic chefs and really worked hard for the last five years. We have great staff. It's a historic building and it's just a magical place."

The boozer is one of eight pubs owned by the brothers including the Empress of India at Victoria Park and Prince Arthur on London Fields.

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