Ed Sheeran, the pop star, Gymkhana fan, and Heinz tomato ketchup stan, has opened an as yet unnamed bar in Notting Hill, which replaces the old Galicia tapas bar and restaurant at the top of Portobello’s intersection with Golborne Road. The trading name listed on the license application filed with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea?
Eater understands that the bar, which doubles as a music venue, is now quietly open; Galicia’s old black colour scheme and Estrella Galicia branding has given way to a new-look British racing green. Yesterday, the doors were flung open.
Sheeran’s opening a bar in the area has been mooted since spring, with reports at the time suggesting both that it cost the pop star £1.5 million, and that the name Galicia could be retained due to its local resonance. It is also understood that Sheeran is connected to the newly opened Gold on Portobello Road, though in an entirely silent capacity. This bar, meanwhile, has been under renovation since at least June:
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The old #galicia #portobello where I had some fabulous nights is to become a bar w some sort of food music - they are looking for FOH team.. #edsheeran #management #team Locals are talking up #latenight #musicbar everyone in #georgesportobellofishbar is all of chatter .. Should be interesting!
Almost nothing is known about the bar, other than its being open. It is not even listed on Google. More soon.