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Landlord of historic landmark The Cauliflower vows to return pub to ‘former glory’

New landlord of the Cauliflower Reiss Matto New landlord of the Cauliflower Reiss Matto

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
7:01 AM

The owner of a derelict landmark has said he is committed to returning it to its “former glory” as a popular pub.

Reiss Matto, 18, took over the historic Cauliflower pub in Ilford High Road in November.

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The owner of a derelict landmark has said he is committed to returning it to its “former glory” as a popular pub.

Reiss Matto, 18, took over the historic Cauliflower pub in Ilford High Road in November.

Speaking to the Recorder, Mr Matto said the Victorian gin palace – which closed last year – was being fully refurbished and plans to open in November.

He said: “It’s an amazing gin palace and it’s unique compared to the other pubs in the area.

“When I first saw it I thought it could be something spectacular and different to all the rest. It’s been previously neglected and treated as a boozer. We want to refurbish it and return it to its former glory as a gin palace.”

The pub will also operate as a hotel, with 26 rooms in the upper floors.

“We want to open it up for families and make it a nice place to eat – a real British pub,” added Mr Matto, who had previously made a bid to buy The Bell in Ley Street.

The venture will be his first as a landlord, and he said The Cauliflower already has a place in his heart. “I love the building – I’ll never let it go,” he said. “I’ll pass it on to my kids.”

In June, the building was granted listed status by English Heritage following a campaign by residents to protect the building.

The council had previously added it to its local list and served a notice to prevent the building being demolished.

Campaigner John Law, who started the petition to protect the pub, said he was pleased to hear it would be restored as a pub.

“I am absolutely overjoyed that it’s not becoming a McDonald’s or Tesco, as a lot of people were assuming,” he said.

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