Bristol’s landmark reggae pub saved

The Star and Garter, Massive Attack and DJ Derek’s spiritual home, is set to reopen after fears it would be sold for flats

The graffiti-covered Star and Garter pub at the foot of Bristol’s precipitous Montpelier neighbourhood is dark and lifeless – apart from a gleefully vandalised estate agent board stating: “Site acquired… to stay a pub.”

The late-night reggae tavern, which inspired the likes of Massive Attack and DJ Derek, has been closed since February after the sudden death of its larger-than-life owner Louis “Dutty Ken” Hayles.

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Bristol’s landmark reggae pub saved