Sir Ian’s grape expectations

Sir Ian Mckellen
Sir Ian Mckellen

SIR Ian Mckellen’s pub has officially reopened.

The former Wigan resident took over the lease of The Grapes, in Limehouse, London, three months ago, and he celebrated its grand opening last week.

Sir Ian said he was keen to keep the 17th-century pub as it was intended - as a true Dickensian watering hole.

He said: “Since I finished filming on The Hobbit just after Christmas I have been here every night.

“I think when they heard I was involved the locals thought, ‘Uh-oh, it’s going to be a luvvies’ pub or a gay pub, there’ll be drag every night...’ It’s been nice to reassure them.”

He added that the pub is no stranger to celebrities, as Boris Johnson, Antony Gormley, Sting, Patrick Stewart. Kristin Scott Thomas, and Rupert Everett have all been in.

And on New Year’s Eve, some lucky punters got served free drinks by Frances Barber, who later owned Sir Ian £17.40.