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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.

AGM and Committee Decisions

At our 2014 AGM the following committee and non-committee members were elected.

Chairman*: Charles Owens
Secretary*: (until replacement found) Charles Owens
Treasurer*: Andy Pirson
Membership Secretary*: Stewart Murray
Social secretary & Branch Contact: Roy Hurry
Pubs Officer: Paul Firby
Webmaster and Database Co-ordinator: George Gimber
Public Affairs Officer: John Austin
Brewery Liaison: John Austin (Twickenham)
CAMRA Twickenham Festival Organiser: Brian Kirton

*Denotes mandatory positions. Other posts are discretionary as is the number of additional people on the committee.

The following constitutional amendment was agreed at the AGM:
Following the apportioning of posts on the committee last year, some disquiet was expressed at the process whereby these are allocated from within the committee. Following discussions, the chair proposes that effective for the 2014 AGM, our branch constitution be amended to allow the four posts of Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Membership Secretary to be elected by the members at the AGM where possible.

Pubs, Beer and Brewery News

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.

Posted News item
19th Oct

Stuart holding award for Best Small Business 2014Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable and Rt Hon MP Zac Goldsmith presented Twickenham Fine Ales an award for Best Small Business [Sponsor: Richmond Chamber of Commerce] at the 2014 Richmond Business Awards Gala Dinner and Reception on Friday, 17th October held in the Live Room at the RFU Twickenham Stadium.

Congratulations! to MD Steve Brown, and all at the brewery.

Picture: Head Brewer Stuart Medcalf.

17th Oct

The Royal Oak in Isleworth has re-opened after an extensive refurbishment. Read more at www.brentfordtw8.com/default.asp?section=info&page=isleworth006.htm

1 Over The Ait logoA new pub/restaurant should be opening 14th November this year. One Over The Ait at Brentford is at the heart of the new St. George's development of apartments and flats beside the north end of Kew Bridge. It replaces the Waggon & Horses at 26 Kew Bridge Road, Brenford, that was closed for site redevelopment a few years ago. Fuller's are currently recruiting staff. The pub will be set over two levels with an upstairs kitchen and panoramic views over the river as well as terrace seating for up to 200 customers.

TIAA Henderson Real Estate has bought a portfolio of eight pub freeholds in Central and West London, all let to Spirit Pub Company, from Cerberus Capital Management for £54m. Of the eight, one sits within our branch area - The Ship at 10 Thames Bank, Ship Lane. Mortlake. SW14 7QR.

Big Smoke Brew Co. logo
Not really branch area news, but the official launch of Pete Brew's Big Smoke Brew Co brewery based at The Antelope, 87 Maple Way, Surbiton, is happening on 11th Dec. 7-11.30pm.

Pete previously managed the Sussex Arms in Twickenham. Big Smoke Amber Ale will be available at the Twickenham Beer & Cider festival.

15th Oct

The Mute Swam at 3 Palace Gate, Hampton Court Way, will be holding a Champion Beers of Britain Week from Friday 17th October to 26th October. They will be featuring 20 real ales for the week with 7 on at any one time. The selection will feature gold medal beers such as Bank Top Dark Mild, Salopian Darwins Origin, Oakham Citra, Church End Fallen Angel, Castle Rock Black Gold, Branscombe Vale Mild, and Lochness Hoppyness, including the supreme beer champion Timothy Taylor's Boltmaker to name a few. www.brunningandprice.co.uk/muteswan/

8th Oct

Noble Green Wines at 153-155 High Street, Hampton Hill, are holding a beer festival this Saturday 11th Oct. Starts at midday till ~6pm. For more information see their Blog. www.noblegreenblog.com

24th Sept

The premises that was named Clubhouse & Emporium at 65 Richmond Road, Twickenham, TW1 3AW, that has been closed for over year, is to reopen in a month or so. A new Lease has been signed and contracts exchanged in August 2014, for what is described as 'a new seedling venture'. Their website states initially four Cask ales will be sourced direct from breweries as much as possible and changed every week. They hope to have the main bar open in about a month's time (Oct). The pub located very close to the Old Anchor that closed in April 2014, will open under its old name The Mulberry Tree that dates back to 1855.

18th Sept

The Sussex Arms at 15 Staines Rd, Twickenham, is holding an Orchard Pig's Cider & Sausage Festival on Saturday 27th September. Starts from noon.

11th Sept

The Sussex Arms at 15 Staines Rd, Twickenham, is holding a cider festival on Saturday 13th September 1pm - 9pm

Help SE London CAMRA Celebrate their 40th Anniversary by joining a circular tour around the branch area aboard a historic Routemaster bus visiting a number of their best pubs on Sunday 21st September. Meet 12pm at the Market Porter, Stoney St, SE1 for 12.30pm prompt departure. £10 per person towards the bus hire which must be paid in advance. More details can be found here (97k PDF).

5th Sept

On 13th September 2014, Twickenham Fine Ales will be celebrating their 10th anniversary with a party at the Brewery between Noon and 7pm. A large range of their beers will be available including a special Anniversary Ale. To help the party along there will also be live music and hot food.

Singer at the partyTwickenham Fine Ales
18 Mereway Road
Twickenham. TW2 6RG

The price is £10 inc. 3 pints and glass. To book call Ben Norman (020) 8241 1825 or email info@twickenham-fine-ales.co.uk

Twitter logo @TwickenhamAles

3rd Sept

Express IdentityThe Express Tavern, 56 Kew Bridge Rd, Brentford, is currently closed for refurbishment and conversion to Express Ale & Cider House. The lease has been taken over by the pub group who have the Sussex in Twickenham and the Antelope in Surbiton. A notice outside says 'when open, 10 real ales and six ciders will be available.' See their website: expresstavern.co.uk

Update: Pub will be open on Thursday 25th September at 5pm.

2nd Sept

The CÔTE Restaurant Group (www.cote-restaurants.co.uk) has taken up a new lease on The Royal Oak in Teddington. The lease was signed on Monday 18th August and pub subsequently closed on the 22nd. After a refurbishment the premises is expected to reopen in October and become the CÔTE Brasserie.

Bar 113 at 113 High Street, Hounslow, has been converted to an Indian Restaurant. Found to be still operating as a bar.

19th Aug

The Royal Oak, 128 Worton Rd, in Isleworth is currently closed for a major interior refurbishment. Their web site states 'New features include a 60-seater restaurant & function room with a bright conservatory right on the water's edge, a cosy new snug and acompletely refurbished bar area.' It's expected to re-opening in October 2014.

6th Aug

Daniel Rapa, the manager of The Moon Under Water, Hounslow has invited CAMRA members to join the upcoming 'Meet The Brewer' evenings. On the 13th August, the pub will be welcoming Dorking Brewery, and on the 20th August they will be welcoming the brewer from Windsor & Eton. Don't forget to take your Wetherspoon vouchers!

1st Aug

From Ady Smith, licensee of The Mitre, 20 St Mary's Grove, Richmond:
The pub (a privately owned free house) is undergoing a major programme of external refurbishment during August and September this year, which as required the erection of scaffolding to the whole of the exterior of the premises.

The pub remains open during this work, selling Young's Bitter and ales from the Twickenham brewery, offering the tastiest toasted sandwiches around at just £2.50, and providing the best in acoustic live music every Wednesday through our open mic nights.

Once complete, this lovely back street pub should look better than ever, and will continue to be staunchly old fashioned and traditional, family run with just one change of landlord in 30 years.

We hope your members and readers will be reassured that the scaffolding is not a portent of anything ominous or terminal to this classic backstreet watering hole, more a sign that the pub will continue to prevail, 161 years on from "first orders".

The organising company behind Fab Festivals (FAB), who have been promoting the Richmond Food & Beer Festival in Old Deer Park during the August Bank Holiday weekend, has ceased trading and cannot refund ticket-holders. See this week's Richmond & Twickenham Times.

31st July

This year is the 150th Anniversary of Hampton Railway Station. To celebrate this event there will be a Hampton Transport Gala on Sunday 7th September - 10am to 5pm - Hampton Station, Ashley, Percy & Wensleydale Roads, and Station Approach. See their website for further detail: www.hamptontransportgala.co.uk

Twickenham Fine Ales will be providing a Beer Tent and brewing a special Anniversary Ale for the occasion.

30th July

Two planning applications have been submitted to Richmond Council for the ex Old Anchor site in Twickenham.

  • 14/2391/FUL In Progress - Erection of two storey extension to existing building to provide additional floor space to the ground floor and 2 new two-bedroom maisonettes above. Alteration to existing flat on the first floor to convert and extend to provide 2 one-bedroom maisonettes. Erection of 1.5 storey side extension to provide separate access to proposed residential dwellings.
  • 14/2944/FUL In Progress - Overboarding of existing windows and doors.

The Brewery Tap in Brentford reopened on Friday 21st July after a refurbishment. See Flickr website: https://www.flickr.com/photos/viktor_web_studios/sets/72157630455413260/show/

28th July

The Orange Tree at 45 Kew Road, Richmond has posted the following message on their website:

"We will be closed from 21st July until 21st August for refurbishment, however we will re-open in August with a newly refurbished bar, restaurant and an additional 13 boutique hotel bedrooms! "

25th July

It's been reported that The Mansion (formerly Rose and Crown) in High Street Feltham, TW13 4HS, has closed on Thursday, 17th July, 2014. A sign on the door states closed forever.

22nd July

Planning permission (13/1167/FUL) has been granted (07/10/2013) to convert the Dukes Head, 122 High Street, Hampton, TW12 2ST into three x 2 bed room flats.

The Bell at 2, Staines Rd, Hounslow, TW3 3JS has reopened.

The Duke of Cambridge Kingsley Road, Hounslow. A Planning Application (P/2013/4019 00667/1-3/P2) submitted in Nov 2013 has now been approved (18/02/2014). Erection of single storey side, first floor rear and single storey rear extensions. A roof extension and use of upper floor as Guest House and division of ground floor into 5 separate units comprising 2 offices, a hairdresser, guest house reception and a restaurant/takeaway.

The Milford Arms, 574 London Road, Isleworth. It's been reported on the BITE website that the Pub has re-opened with a new female landlord, and is due for a refurb in the next month or so.

Kings Arms, 40 Albion Road, Twickenham. Planning Application (14/2429/FUL) in progress for the part demolition of the existing rear and side extensions, the enlargement of the basement and the conversion of the ground floor and basement into 3 No.2 bedroom flats, the creation of lightwells with balconies together with 3 off-street car parking spaces, refuse, recycling and cycle parking areas. Decision due: 07/08/2014.

1st July

The Court Jester situated in Hampton Square and near Sainsbury's reopened under new ownership in December 2013. The pub has been renamed The Hampton and been transformed. It now has four real ales on tap and the pub is Cask Marque accredited. Not less than 55 whiskys are available as well as food and a coffee bar from 8am.

27th June

Ian White (CAMRA London regional Cider Co-ordinator) has announced that the Sussex Arms has been judged 2014 CAMRA London Cider Pub of The year.

16th June

News via Facebook and Twitter is that the Ales & Tails Restaurant and Craft Beer Bar at 29/31 York Street, Twickenham, has closed it's doors. The pub (ex The Ranch) re-opened in November 2012, it's future is now uncertain.

14th June

It's been reported that work has started to demolition the Sawyers Arms at 25 Ashford Rd, Feltham.

A refurbishment of The Bridge at Barnes has been completed.

2nd June

The Refectory, Hampton Hill is closed from 2nd June for planned maintenance work and will re-open on Saturday June 14th - "bigger, better and sound proofed!!

30th May

Fuller's will be opening a new pub later this year (Sept?) called One over the Ait located beside the river at Kew Bridge. It will be the second largest pub investment made by Fuller's so far. The pub will be arranged over two levels with an upstairs kitchen and panoramic view over the river as well a terrace seating for up to 200 customers. The new pub and bistro is described in the developer St George's 'Kew Bridge newsletter' as a "stylish new riverside bar", which will replace the current sales office.

The One over the Ait replaces the Waggon & Horses at 26 Kew Bridge Road, Brenford, that was closed for site redevelopment a few years ago.

16th May

The Old Anchor at 71 Richmond Rd, Twickenham, has now been boarded-up.

9th May

On Thursday 15th May, RealAle.com (Off-licence) are hosting a Meet The Brewer evening with Arbor Ales, Harbour & Siren, and Badseed breweries in the shop from 6pm to 9pm.

8th May

The Botanist on Kew Green has reopened today after an extensive refurbishment. Still part of the M&B chain, but with its own independent branding. The pub will feature cask beers from local breweries, and craft beers from the UK and abroad. Good food will be the pub's main focus. The Pub's disused Brewkit has now been removed.

1st May

A new pub company (Hawthorn Leisure) has exchanged contracts for the acquisition of a portfolio of 275 tenanted and leased pubs from Greene King. It is not known what pubs in our branch area will be affected by this transaction.

Read the full story in the Publican's Morning Advertiser.

18th Apr

View inside pubThe Old Anchor (ex Young's and now a FREE House) at 71 Richmond Rd, Twickenham will be closing its doors after last orders on Monday 28th April. Barry & Rachel who have run the pub for 6 years will be handing over the keys on Wednesday 30th April to their Landlords after being given notice to quit. The Landlord's last planning application submitted to Richmond Planning Dept was refused. The owners ultimate aim is turn the pub (est. in 1897) into dwellings.

See Planning application: 14/0336/FUL

The house band 'Mighty Handful' will be playing on Sat 26th April from 8pm, and Rachel's last ever Sunday Lunch is on the 27th.

16th Apr

The Kew Gardens Hotel on 292 Sandycombe Rd, is running a beer festival from Wed 23rd - Mon 28th April and in particular they have a meet the brewers session 7-9pm on Wed 23rd. Most of these brewers (they are expecting 8 or 9) will be local (Sambrooks, Trumans, Twickenham - and not so local Sharps) and will also include the embryonic Kew Brewery with a few samples.
See event poster (pdf).

They normally have 14 beers on tap at any time and the brewers will bring along other samples of their ranges to try (normally for free) and if they have their normal pricing policy, remaining pints will be £3.75 regardless of ABV.

3rd Apr

It has been reported that the Lofty Turtle bar and restaurant at 505-507 Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen, has changed hands. No cask or bottled beer served.

30th Mar

The subject of Beer gets a full page spread in the Richmond & Twickenham Times this week. Realale.com are the major item with International beer judge Melissa Cole supporting their enterprise. Dave Scott is also featured who hopes to bring his home brewing and nascent Kew Brewery to commercial production in the near future, mimicking what Twickenham Fine Ales have done for Twickenham. See Dave Scott's Facebook page.

The Revolution Vodka & Cocktails Bar in Whittaker Avenue, Richmond, reopened 14th March after a major refurbishment.

The Milford Arms, 574 London Rd, Isleworth, is reported to have closed last year.

7th Mar

The Kings Arms at 40 Albion Road, Twickenham, has been closed and boarded-up on February 16th, and unlikely to be re-opened as a pub. Freehold has been sold by www.winterhilllargo.com.

The Greyhound at 82 Kew Green, Richmond, Kew, TW9 3AP, is closed for refurbishment, Monday 3rd March reopening on Thursday 28th March.

5th Mar

The Railway Bell in Station Road, Hampton has been taken on by a new Landlord. The pub re-opened four weeks ago. They have two regular beers, Courage Best and Betty Stogs + 3 guest ales.

18th Feb

The Mute Swan frontageThe Mute Swan, 3 Palace Gate, Hampton Court, described as 'a traditional English dining pub' opened its doors at 5pm today. A good selection of cask ales available.

See their web site: www.muteswan.co.uk

15th Feb

What was the Royal Oak in Twickenham has now re-opened under a new name, Stokes & Moncreiff and new management. The pub is bookings only, before the England internationals and then it opens to everyone once the games start. Gastro style food. If you are wondering about the new name of the pub, it commemorates the first ever Rugby Union international game between England and Scotland in 1871. Team Captains: Fred Stokes (Eng) and Francis Moncrieff (Scot). The bar is awaiting four hand-pulls to be installed. As a temp measure there is a cask of XT 4 on the bar, gravity dispensed.

12th Feb

The Grand reopening of the Prince Blücher, 124 The Green, Twickenham, takes place 14th Feb. This is also the day that the Eel Pie at 9-11 Church Street Twickenham, reopens (6pm).

8th Feb

A new pub/restaurant is opening in Hampton Court called The Mute Swan (previously Blubeckers Restaurant that had closed). It's located at 3 Palace Gate, Hampton Court, Surrey, KT8 9BN, and is due to open on the evening of 18th February 2014.

Stated on their web site: www.brunningandprice.co.uk/muteswan

"We're planning a substantial investment to restore the building to its former splendour. We intend to strip the property back to the core original building, then sensitively re-design the interior, reopening late February as a traditional pub restaurant. It will have a proper bar at the centre of the premises featuring a good selection of cask ales..." The opening beer line-up:

  • Brunning and Price Original Bitter 3.8 ABV (brewed by Phoenix (formerly Oak) Brewery in Heywood, Manchester)
  • TFA Naked Ladies 4.4 ABV
  • By The Horns Diamond Geezer 4.9 ABV
  • Sambrook's Wandle 3.8 ABV
  • Windsor and Eton Windsor Knot 4% ABV

Brunning & Price are a family of pubs mainly based in the North West of England and North Wales with a growing selection in the South.

5th Feb

The pub signThe Rifleman at 7 Fourth Cross Rd, Twickenham, has been declared the winner of the 2013 Inn Sign Society Sign of the Year. A framed certificate was presented to Mick Laker and Paula Simonon, landlord and landlady of the pub on Friday, 17th January 2014.

On the 27th Oct 2012 the then Mayor of the Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Councillor Rita Palmer, presided over the dedication of the new repainted pub sign. This was to commemorate Frank Edwards (1893-1964) 'The Footballer of Loos' - who lived locally. A YouTube video of the event at the pub by Alan Benns can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/0_a_fVTlGyU

1st Feb

The Railway Bell in Station Road, Hampton is soon to be taken on by a new Landlord. Kirsten & Steve Roy are giving up the pub (and have no plans for staying in the pub business). All staff have been given notice, and the pub temporarily closed until the new landlord moves in. The pub has regularly featured in the Good Beer Guide.

The Koyote Bar, 33-35 York St, Twickenham, that closed some time ago has now become an Estate Agent called 'haart'.

22nd Jan

Please note in your diary - Richmond fine food and Real ale Festival. This is a new event taking place over Bank Holiday weekend, 23rd to 25th August. Combining two large scale events; a food festival with a host of local food and drink exhibitors, demonstrations; tastings and culinary master classes; alongside a beer festival showcasing over 100 real ales and 50 ciders and perries. £22 a ticket!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/richmondfoodandale

21st Jan

Pete Brew and Ash who successfully brought the Sussex Arms to provenance in Twickenham as a Mecca for Ale & Cider is now to take on and run The Antelope at 87 Maple Rd, Surbiton. The pub is expecected to be open 5pm 6th Feb 2014. www.theantelope.co.uk.

16th Jan

At the Branch Committee meeting held on 14th Jan at the Red Lion Isleworth Paul Firby agreed to fill the vacant position of Pubs Officer for the Branch.

The London Borough of Hounslow Planning Dept. have received (6th Jan 2014) a notification to demolish The Sawyers Arms pub at 25 Ashford Road, Feltham. This suggests that Fuller's have sold the pub to a developer. The pub closed last year and has been debranded. System Ref: P/2014/0035 (Planning Ref: 00051/25/DEM1)

10th Jan

Three pubs in Twickenham have closed temporarily:
Eel Pie, 9/11 Church St, closed from Jan 1st 2014 until February 2014 for a major transformation.
Prince Blücher, 124 The Green (being refurbished). Should reopen 15th Feb.

Royal Oak, 13 Richmond Rd, Twickenham is now under new management and is expected to reopen in February 2014.

Presentation in the PubThe official presentation of the Richmond & Hounslow Branch Pub of the Year award for 2013 took place at the Sussex Arms in Twickenham on the 9th Jan 2014. The picture shows Fin Gloyn and Alex McKenna receiving the award from Charles Owens the Branch Chairman.

9th Jan

Kew Gardens Hotel at 292 Sandycombe Road, Richmond are holding a 'Meet the Brewer' evening on the 15th Jan @7pm with Paul Ramsay of Truman's brewery. Several of their beers will be available on the evening all at discounted price (20% off).

On Wednesday 8th the bar was serving: Kew True Brew (house beer brewed by Greene King); Portobello Market Porter; Portobello Star; Sambrooks Wandle; Trumans Original Porter and Rosie's Pig cider on hand pull.

The old Young's & Co Ram Brewery site in Wandsworth previously owned by Minerva has been purchased by a Chinese developer - Greenland Group. Their approved plan includes the restoration of Grade I and Grade II* listed micro-brewery buildings and the creation of a brewing museum. Read more...

8th Jan

Twickenham Fine Ales have launched their new web site - twickenham-fine-ales.co.uk, where you can find out about their range of beers, Brewery Bar & Shop, Brewery Tours. Also follow them on Twitter @TwickenhamAles

The Load of Hay at 330 Staines Rd, Bedfont (East) has reopened 'under new management' since December 2013.

Tickets will be on sale soon for the Richmond Fine Food and Real Ale Festival 2014 in Old Deer Park, Richmond upon Thames, from August 23rd to August 25th, 2014.