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For the past 18 years The Harrison has served the finest food, the tastiest drink and hosted some of the most amazing intimate Folk and Roots concerts in London.

Last week The Harrison received a court arbitration judgement ordering us to pay our landlord, the FULL RENT FOR THE ENTIRE COVID PERIOD! This includes all the time we were closed under Lockdown.

Its a total of £99,000!

Obviously, this is a devastating and incomprehensible judgement, which bankrupts the business and as a Sole Trader, bankrupts me personally.

It also deprives The Harrison staff of their livelihoods. We are a close-knit family, many having been with the business for well over a decade.

On examination of the judgement, it is littered with errors, ignored evidence and unsubstantiated conclusions.

It is so far off the mark, it raises big questions over the competence and/or independence of the arbitrator.

To save The Harrison and everything we have built over the past 18 years, I need to appeal the judgement.

This is going to cost £15k – £30k in legal fees.

Due to a huge amount of hard work from the staff, we survived the Pandemic and are now trading well, but we are still paying off sizeable debts.

I am sorry to ask, but to fund the appeal and Save The Harrison, we need the help of our customers and friends, old and new.


Please donate to this Collection Pot

Lets hope we can keep The Harrison going, for everyone to enjoy.

Many thanks, Paul

Folk & Honey.

For those of you that use the UK's largest Folk Music Gig Listing Website, www.FolkandHoney.co.uk.

The website was set up by myself and friends. It is maintained with profits from The Harrison. The closure of The Harrison will probably mean the end of Folk & Honey as well.

UPDATE – 18/4/23

The appeal has been lodged! Our case looks pretty good, but odds of being granted permission to appeal are fairly slim. We should know if we are allowed to appeal around July.

Legal fees spent so far are around £8k. We expect our final bill to be between £15k and £30k. If we win we will get around 70% back. If we lose we will have to pay 70% of the opposition's fees. If we lose we will cease trading around a month later.

We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has donated to our legal fund. Thank you for keeping hope alive.

We are also incredibly grateful to the Mayor of London and Camden Council for offering to pay £8k of our legal fees. We are so glad they and you appreciate what we do.

UPDATE – 3/5/23

28 amazing Artists have offered to play free in 7 fund-raising concerts to SAVE THE HARRISON.

Please find tickets here – https://www.wegottickets.com/newroots

Message wall


Hope you win

Andrew Little

Good luck 🍺

Jonathan Bellos

Good luck.

David Holmes

It’s so unjust that you should be loaded with this debt. It looks like you have a strong case, all crossable bits crossed for you!

Adele Fielding

Excellent local pub to me and I’d hate to see you close

Riccardo Freixo

Hope you win the appeal!

Jenny Mulholland

Hope this helps – from Cllr Jenny Mulholland

Al Brunt

Good luck with the campaign. Lets protect these important places from corporate greed.

Ian Marshall

Hope you win

Jo Glenn

Hope you get there 💪🏻

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