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 2016 AGM the following committee and non-committee members were elected.
Chairman*: Charles Owens
Secretary*: James Murray
Treasurer*: Andy Pirson
Membership Secretary*: Stewart Murray
Social secretary & Branch Contact: Roy Hurry
Pubs Campaign Officer: Paul Read
Webmaster and WhatPub/Pubzilla Database Co-ordinator: George Gimber
Public Affairs Officer: John Austin
Brewery Liaison: John Austin (Twickenham)
Brewery Liaison: Paul Firby (Kew)
Brewery Liaison: Doug Scott (Reunion Ales)
CAMRA Twickenham Festival Organiser: Charles Owens
Cider And Perry Representative: Bob Gordon
*Denotes mandatory positions. Other posts are discretionary as is the number of additional people on the committee.
At the 2016 AGM Paul Firby stood down from the Committee as Pubs Officer, but would continue to write and circulate the branch's newsletter.
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 winner of the Branch Pub of the Year was the Mason's Arms for the second year running. Congratulations to Rae Williams and her staff. The Express Tavern and Sussex Arms were joint runners-up
The George in Isleworth - its days as a thriving gay bar are long-forgotten - has closed its doors for good on Friday 30th September 2016 due to the dying local night-life. The building is currently displaying a sign that the Freehold has been sold.
The Prince Albert (Fullers) in Twickenham will be closed from 24th Oct until 4th Nov for what they say is an "exciting refurbishment".
The Hogarth in Teddington is closed for refurbishment and is to reopen at 6pm on the 23rd Sept.
Prince of Wales in Twickenham has now been refurbished and re-opened.
The Mulberry Tree in Twickenham is now under new management and is reportedly 'going to be heavily involved in the food hospitality trade, though management are very keen to keep real ales on sale'.
The Halfway House at 24 Priests Bridge, SW14 8TA, has now closed.
The Prince of Wales in Twickenham has been closed for a refurbishment. They antisapate to reopen on Wednesday 24th at 4pm with food back on by Thursday. The ladies toilets have also been refurbished and the gents have been updated.
The 'Thyme in the Park Café' in Hampton Hill (ex Rising Sun is now open for business.
New signage has appeared on the Rising Sun in Hampton Hill. 'Thyme in the Park Café'. The Rising Sun mouldings on the building are also prominent.
It looks like Faucet Inns have pulled the plug on the Refectory at 92 High Street, Hampton Hill. The pub/restaurant has been boarded-up with secure metal sheeting last week. There is a note saying "Closed for a reshuffle & a rethink. Stay Tuned!"
The Rising Sun in Hampton Hill is currently closed. It was put up for sale in August 2015 by Greene King, and its future looked uncertain. It is now being refurbished (June 2016) and is 'rumoured' to reopen as a Café. The pub, first opened its doors in the High Street in the 1860s.
A second Richmond Brewers Fair is to be held on Saturday 6th August in the Richmond Adult Community College Theatre - Parkshot Richmond, TW9 2RE. (opposite The Sun pub) Times: Noon till 7.30pm. There will be food stalls, music and interviews. The following breweries will be represented: Kew, Twickenham Fine Ales, Park, Decent Brewery, Long Arm Brewing Co, Thames Side Brewery, Fullers and many more. Tickets £5 on the door (£4 to CAMRA members).
The Fuller's pub called the Hogarth at 58 Broad Street, Teddington, closed briefly and is now under new management.
The George at 114 Twickenham Road, Old Isleworth is currently displaying a sign that the Freehold is up for Sale/May Let, by Vokins Chartered Surveyors. Their website gives a guide Price of £950k. The main building is of Georgian construction and is Grade II listed.
The Barmy Arms, Twickenham is currently closed for what is described as "a refresh". Reopening date stated on website as the 26th May 2016.
The Lion at Wick Road, Teddington has a new Tenant. Julien Jarroussie who previously had run the pub with a French theme and influence has moved to Bath.
The Lass o' Richmond Hill has reopened after a refurbishment.
The Aleksander at 277/279 Richmond Road, Twickenham, has been renamed by its new owners the City Fund Pub Company. It is now called the Alba.
Other news is that the Swan in Hampton Wick was temporally closed and now under new management and will offer modern Thai dining in the pub. The kitchen is currently not operational and it's cash only at the bar until equipment is installed towards the end of May.
The Old Ship in Richmond, reopened 13th April after a major refurbishment.
The Teddington Arms, is now open for breakfast 8am to 11am.
The Teddington Arms is closed for an overhaul this week from 11th April to 14th April, the pub will re-open with a party on the 15th April.
The Prince of Wales, Twickenham, are holding a St George's Cask Ale Festival, Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th April 2016. Beers available:
Download their Poster and Tasting Notes:
The Sussex Arms in Twickenham has had its food hygiene rating restored to 4 out of five. It was given a zero rating after an inspection in May 2015 while the pub was undergoing a kitchen overhaul.
The Windmill at 45 Bell Road, Hounslow, has been renamed Manzil Lounge. Now an Asian Restaurant, Bar/Club & Shisha Lounge. The hanging 'Windmill' pub sign has been retained, although the frontage lettering has been painted over (though it's still readable). No real ale.
The Richmond Arms, 20 The Square, Richmond, will close its doors on Saturday, April 23rd 2016 after the company TCG which owns it, went into administration in October 2015. The Richmond Arms will close and is not expected to re-open in any form.
The Old Ship in Richmond is currently closed for a major refurbishment, and expected to be reopened ~16th April 2016.
Rosslyn Park Slingbacks (Ladies) annual beer festival to be held on Saturday 2nd April at Rosslyn Park Clubhouse. This is a one day event and a fundraiser for the club. Buses from our area are 33, 337 & 493 which stop outside (Queen's Ride stop), and it's a short walk from Barnes Station.
The Idle Hour, 62 Railway Sidings, Barnes. A Planning Application has been submitted [Ref: 16/0663/FUL] for extension and conversion of existing pub and 3 bedroom flat to create a 2 bedroom house and 2x2 bedroom flats.
The Refectory in Hampton Hill have announced that they now under new management.
A 2nd Hampton Beer Festival is to be held. at 84-86 Station Rd, Hampton.
They have three sessions available to choose from:
See website for tickets and details.
The Windsor Castle in Bath Road, Hounslow, is subject to a new planning proposal by JMS Planning & Development for Windcastle Enterprise Ltd. In the application the existing building would be demolished and be replaced with a four-storey block, containing 21 homes on the upper levels, commercial units including a pub on the ground floor and a rooftop garden. A previous application to demolish the pub and build 36 flats and shops was rejected by the council in 2015, partially due to concerns about the loss of the pub, which was described as a community facility.
To view the planning application, which was submitted on January 27, visit planning.hounslow.gov.uk/Planning_Index.aspx and search for P/2016/0413.
In a Tweet - @IdleHourBarnes - it's been announced that The Idle Hour pub and restaurant at 62 Railway Side, Barnes, to finally close this weekend.
The Adelaide in Park Road, Teddington is closing on February 8th for three weeks for refurbishment. Expected to reopen 27th February.
Duncan Townsend who took over the Red Lion in Isleworth early in December last year has been replaced by Steve Bonnie. Work is currently taking place in the pub cellar and as a consequence the cask beer range has been reduced to four. The full cask beer range is expected to be available early February 2016.
Reunion Ales have started to deliver their first batch of beer following a successful first outing at Egham United Services Club on Friday, when Francis pulled the first pints to be sold anywhere, he is delivering today to the following pubs (expect a few days before casks are in service):
White Swan, Twickenham
There will be both Opening Gambit 3.8% and Frost Fair 4.5% going out.
The Richmond Brewers' Fair at RACC, Parkshot, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2RE, takes place on Saturday 20th February - 11am to 4pm.
The inaugural Richmond Brewers' Fair brings together a variety of local breweries in Richmond Adult Community College for a Saturday afternoon of tastings in a convivial atmosphere. Come along to try the latest offerings from breweries including The Park Brewery,Twickenham Fine Ales, Reunion Ales West London, Decent Brewery, Moncada Brewery, Real Ales, Sambrooks's Brewery and Kew Brewery (more to be announced!), and to meet the brewers themselves to hear more about their fine craft.
There will also be food available from local businesses, as well as music to ensure a relaxing and educational afternoon.
Tickets are just £5 - CAMRA members will receive a £1 discount upon display of membership ID on door sales only.
The Clock House in Teddington has installed an extra hand pump for a guest ale. On today was Hardys & Hansons (Greene King) Rocking Rudolph. Their guest ale is expected to change every three weeks.
If you are planning to visit the Mitre at 20 St Mary´s Grove, Richmond in the new year, please note that it will be closed from the 1st Jan for 10 days. This is to allow the toilets to be refurbished. The Pub reopens on the 11th Jan.