What's Happening within the branch area? We would appreciate your feedback on any news that would be of interest, especially changes to pubs in the area.
At our 2012 AGM the following committee was elected:
Chairman*: Charles Owens
Secretary*: (until replacement found) Charles Owens
Treasurer*: Andy Pirson
Pub Records Officer (PRO)* & Webmaster: George Gimber
Social secretary & Branch Contact: Roy Hurry
Membership Secretary*: Bryan Betts. Stewart Murray co-opted at 2012 AGM to take over as Membership secretary as Bryan will be in Germany for the latter part of the year.
Public Affairs Officer: John Austin
Brewery Liaison: Stewart Murray (Botanist) & John Austin (Twickenham)
*Denotes mandatory positions. Other posts are discretionary as is the number of additional people on the committee.
Our branch covers a wide area and I'm sure many changes to our pubs still remain unreported. Maintaining branch pub records is relying on just a few people reporting news of changes to keep our branch online news and pub records up to date.
More reports and pub surveys are needed!!
If you are reading this and know of a change of beer range, opening times, management, closure etc. please report it to the Branch. This information will give the branch a better perspective of what's happening to our pubs and the availability of real ale that can also be made available to a wider audience via the web site, and also in the regular Capital Pub Check section of the London Drinker Magazine.
The Crown at 174 Richmond Road, Twickenham, reopened on Tuesday 14th May after an extensive refurbishment. Serving 4 real ales: Harvey's Best Bitter, Sharp's Cornish Coaster, Sambrook's Wandle and Surry Hill's Shere Drop (350p/pt).
What was the Bloated Mallard TW11 at 3 Victoria Rd, Teddington (next to Rail Station), has been taken over by the Handmade Pubs group and will reopen as The Railway in June. It is currently undergoing a major refurbishment to create a pub, dining room & two cosy private dining rooms. To find out more email: email@example.com
The Railway Tavern, 11 Sheen Lane, Mortlake SW14 has been repainted light grey and now looks to be occupied as a dwelling. Lower windows covered-up internally in matching gray. Painted pub sign replaced by a metal one depicting a train. Side door and a new side wall and railings added.
The Crown at 174 Richmond Road, Twickenham is currently being refurbished and the garden has been paved. It's expected to reopen end of May.
The Rugby Inn at 11 London Rd, Twickenham has been (temporarily) closed for some time but looks to be receiving some refurbishment as the outside has been repainted.
Dermot McCann the long standing tenant of the Adelaide at 57 Park Rd Teddington has retired. The new tenant from 16th April is Mariana Carciun.
La Cloche at The Lion in Wick Rd, Teddington have replaced Fuller's London Pride with Hogs Back T.E.A. Other real ales are Sharp's Doom Bar and Twickenham Naked Ladies.
The Bloated Mallard TW11 at 3 Victoria Rd, Teddington closed earlier than expected on the 20th April. The pub is now only open to sell off all its fixtures and fitting (11am-4pm till 23rd) before the new tenant takes over. The tenant Paul Roomussaar has now taken on The Royal Oak at 24 Watford Heath, Watford, Herts. The new owners of the BMTW11 (name expected to change) will be undertaking a major refurbishment of the premises before reopening.
It's been reported that the demolition of the Charlie Butler at 40 Mortlake High St, is now well under way.
The Windmill at 45 Bell Rd Hounslow. A notice on the window states 'Closed until further notice'. Update 17th April: AG&G are advertising this pub 'for sale or to let' (Ref:LONF378). The property is to be sold freehold with vacant possession on an unconditional basis.
South Western Hotel, 156/158 Whitton Rd. Hounslow
158 Whitton Rd (the pub). Approval granted (20th Dec 2012) for conversion of the upper floors of the property to six flats, rear extension with garden terrace, parking space for persons with disabilities and cycle store. See System Ref: P/2012/2747, Planning Ref: 01205/G/P1(4)
Blue Ginger Bar (pka South Western Hotel), Certificate of lawfulness for the change of use from A4 (Public House) to A3 (Restaurant) granted 21st Jun 2010.
On the 20th March 2013 Youngs have finally sold the Old Anchor in Twickenham to an investment company. The new owners have given the Landlord (Barry Reilly) a 6 month 'Tenancy at Will' whilst they explore options, so the pub is now a FREEHOUSE, and will be able to source their beers directly from independent breweries. Barry is very much looking forward to getting some better beers in.
AG&G are currently advertising The Albany Arms at 17 Albany Rd, Brentford on a 'To Let' free of tie basis. Guide rent of £25k per year.
The George & Dragon at 29 London Road, Brentford, has been demolished end of Feb.
This pub existed in 1828 and was referred to as the Green Dragon in 1899. The pub closed down in 2009 and then reopened. It closed again and was subsequently boarded-up and the Freehold offered for sale in May 2012. It was a three storey building with Charrington & Co Ltd branding outside with two Charrington six-sided lanterns and an oval Charrington plaque.
The Sussex Arms was voted Cider Pub of the Year 2012. A presentation certificate was presented by Ian White (Regional Cider Co-ordinator) to Peter Brew and Ash Zobel on the 28th Feb.
The building previously known as the Queen Dowager in Teddington has been fenced off in preparation for its demolition. The Richmond-upon-Thames Planning Committee granted permission (12/2327/FUL) for the rebuilding of four residences (4x3 bedroom town houses) on the site in Dec 2012.
Real Ale Ltd based in Twickenham was named independent beer retailer of the year. The company was rewarded for its commitment to championing beer and making it the core element in the success of the business in the past year. The awards ceremony took place at the Drinks Retailing Awards in the Dorchester hotel on 5th February. Real Ale's MD Nick Dolan said: "We are delighted to win this award, and to be recognised by the industry". See news item in the Richmond & Twickenham Times.
The Charlie Butler, 40 Mortlake High Street. SW14 8HR. A Planning Appeal Hearing on behalf of the developers is to take place tomorrow at 10am, York House Richmond Rd Twickenham TW1 3AA. See Case file 11/3819/FUL
"Freehold and contents with vacant possession upon completion offers exceeding £850,000 + VAT."
The presentation of London Cider Pub of the Year to the Sussex Arms in Twickenham is scheduled for 8 pm on Thursday 28th February — all are welcome to attend.
A planning application (13/0070/FUL) has been submitted for changes at the rear of The Mitre at 20 St Marys Grove, Richmond. The proposal is for the demolition of existing stable block, single garage and attached storage shed. Reinstatement of boundary wall. Levelling and landscaping to pub garden.
The Load of Hay at 330 Staines Road. Bedford (East) was reported closed Nov 2012, but now appeared open again. No real ale.
The Rose & Crown in Isleworth (Grade II listed) has been closed and boarded up since 2008. On the 2nd Jan a planning application (Ref: 00707/U/L13) has been submitted to Hounslow Council for the demolition of coach house and existing single storey rear extension to the main building and erection of a single storey rear extension, roof extension, internal alterations and conversion into 3 houses.