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 2013 AGM the following committee and non-committee members were elected with the excepting of Paul Firby who was co-opted onto the committee on 14th Jan 2014:
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)
*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.
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 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.
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.
The 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
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.
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).
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 & Price are a family of pubs mainly based in the North West of England and North Wales with a growing selection in the South.
The 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
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'.
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!
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.
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)
Three pubs in Twickenham have closed temporarily:
Royal Oak, 13 Richmond Rd, Twickenham is now under new management and is expected to reopen in February 2014.
The 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.
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...
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.