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 2015 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 Officer: Paul Firby
Webmaster and WhatPub/Pubzilla Database Co-ordinator: George Gimber
Public Affairs Officer: John Austin
Brewery Liaison: John Austin (Twickenham)
Brewery Liaison: Paul Firby (Kew)
CAMRA Twickenham Festival Organiser: Charles Owens
*Denotes mandatory positions. Other posts are discretionary as is the number of additional people on the committee.
At the Branch Committee meeting held on the 19th Feb 2015, James Murray stood down as YOUNG MEMBERS CONTACT. If you are interested (and <30) in volunteering for this position please contact the Branch Chairman, Charles Owens - Or come along to one of our branch or committee meetings to discuss further.
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 Lot (a non Real Ale) pub at 1a Duke Street, Richmond, closed last orders on 7th Aug 2015. The premises are now fenced off and its future unknown.
The owners of the Three Kings, Twickenham and The Red Lion, Teddington have acquired Molly's (formally The Hope) on Kew Road, Richmond. Unlike their other sites which have a gastro focus, they are reopening The Hope as a real ale pub offering a minimum of 8 real ales on a rotating basis as well as a selection of draught craft beers and bottle beers. The pub is expecting to reopen September 11th and the name will revert to The Hope.
Handmade Pubs Ltd that have run the Railway at 3 Victoria Rd, Teddington since May 2013 are giving up the pub. The new owner who also run The Greyhound at 82 Kew Green, Kew (Greedies) will take over on the 5th September. The pub will then close for a month for an extensive refurbishment to accommodate their requirements. Cask ale will continue to be served.
The historic Stag Brewery in Mortlake, now producing Budweiser, Michelob, Michelob ULTRA and Bud Ice and packaged for the UK market (in vast quantities!) is currently owned by AB InBev. The site has been finally put up for sale and is expected to close at the end of 2015. There are plans that the 21-acre site will be turned into a 'high-density residential-led' scheme complete with restaurants, cafes and retail space alongside a museum and boathouses. The site has been home to brewers since 1489.
The ground floor bar area in the White Hart Hotel in Hampton Wick has been refurbished.
The Rising Sun in Hampton Hill has been put up for sale. The sale is being managed by Fleurets Ltd on behalf of Greene King. The pub is on the market as a going concern and remains open and trading. The pub first opened in the 1860s.
Because of restrictions placed on local businesses for the World Cub by Heineken, Twickenham Fine Ales are not able to open their Brewery Bar on Saturday 15th Aug 2015. The exclusions place a 500 metre zone to maximise £20m sponsorship deal in which Heineken have grabbed exclusive marketing rights around the Twickenham stadium. Expect pop-up Heineken bars in Twickenham and individual Heineken vendors walking the streets.
O'Briens (of Brentford) reopened 26th June under new ownership after extensive refurbishment and the pub's original name of Northumberland Arms. The pub is now described as "a modern British gastro pub offering a wide choice of real ales, continental lagers and fine wines". Regular sessions of live music also feature. Doom Bar, Deuchars IPA and Bombardier were on sale when visited recently- hardly inspiring). The original padded seating down the left hand side has been replaced by light pine wooden seating in tables of four. The front entrance door has been moved and is now central. The right hand side of the room still appears to be drinker orientated. See their website: www.northumberlandarms.co.uk
Kew Brewery now had a 6 barrel plant up and running, though its was currently operating on 5 and a half barrels, soon to be rectified to operate at full capacity. Two beers had already been brewed - Pagoda (Amber ale) and Botantic (Pale ale) both available in cask and bottles. The very first cask of Kew Brewery beer, Pagoda Pale No.1, is now on at the Kew Gardens Hotel - but it's not expected to last for long!
The Swan at 201 Swan Road, Hanworth (last pub in the village) is boarded up and apparently sold as either a pub or for development.
A Planning application by Ash Properties Ltd to Hounslow Council (Planning Ref: 01100/201/P1) to demolition the pub and erect a new 3 and 4 storey development was refused on 29th June 2012. The appeal was subsequently refused 30th May 2013.
The Tide End Cottage in Teddington has reopened after refurbishment on the 27th May. Cask beers available today were: Greene King IPA, Abbort Ale, Old Golden Hen, Morland Original Bitter, Churchill IPA (a limited edition ale - nice!) and Hogs Back T.E.A. The outside swinging sign has been changed again - now somewhat bland IMHO, compaired to the original sign.
It has been reported in the Richmond & Twickenham Times that AB InBev UK is to close the Mortlake Stag Brewery at the end of 2015. The closure is subject to consultation with staff.
The multi-award-winning RealAle.com loacated in Twickenham was named Retailer of the Year at the Drinks Business Awards on the 19th May. The off licence also celebrates its 10th anniversary by launching its own beer range (brewed by Buxton Brewery) called Ubiquitous. Their first beer is a Pale Ale (4.2%) and sold in 330ml bottles.
The Lofty Turtle on Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen, is to reopen as The Bear Kick on 14th May at 8pm. The Lofty Turtle closed in November last year. Reported to have 2 real ale pumps on. Opening with Sharps Doombar and Deuchars IPA. www.thebearkick.com
A brand new beer festival is being held in Hampton raising money for a number of worthy charities. Location: 84-86 Station Rd, Hampton, Middlesex. TW12 2BX.
Three sessions available:
The Tide End in Teddington will be closing for refurbishment on the 10th May for 10 days. The small end of the bar is to be sacrificed for glass washing.
The Royal Oak at 38 New Road, Brentford, has been closed and now boarded-up, and any notice has been removed from the door.
To coincide with Hampton Court Palace's 500th anniversary, the Mute Swan at Hampton Court are holding a Champion Beers of Britain Week from Thursday 2nd April to Sunday 12th April. Beers to include: Timothy Taylor's Boltmaker and featuring 15 real ales for the week with 6 on at any one time. The selection for the week will feature gold medal beers such as Tillingbourne's 'Falls Gold', Oakham's 'Citra', Thwaites' 'Wainwright', Salopian's 'Darwin's Original' and Bank Top's 'Dark Mild', to name a few.
The Hampton Pub (www.hamptonpub.co.uk) in Hampton, TW12 3RA, are having a beer festival over Easter weekend starting between 3 or 4pm on Friday until they run out. They anticipate an extra six beers (they already have three real ales) and two ciders. Various buses stop outside (it is next to the smaller Sainsbury's). Please support this pub.
The 6ft tall mural (believed to be worth £100,000) by the artist 'Banksy' painted on the side of the North Star pub at 69 Whitton Rd, Hounslow in 2007 - now renamed Platform 3 - has been defaced over the weekend to show the girl wearing a burkha, leaving only her eyes visible.
The artwork showed a girl in pigtails with the word 'smile' in brightly coloured letters. The locals are furious, saying it had been the 'only decent thing' in the area.
News update: Someone has subsequently cleaned and restored the mural.
Three Twickenham pubs that were closed get converted to American style BBQ Restaurant/Bars and have reopened in the last three weeks.
What was the Twickenham Tavern in 11 London Road is now the Blue's Smokehouse - 'Authentic' American BBQ restaurant. It opened at the end of February. Although mainly a restaurant you can have a drink without eating. There are two cask ales from handpumps available; St Austell Tribute (350p/pt) and their house beer called No.1 (4.1% ABV) brewed by Caledonian (335p/pt). They are also have a selection of bottle beers from Twickenham Fine Ales at 450p. bluessmokehouse.com
The Ales & Tails in 29/31 York Street has become a Chicago Rib Shack restaurant that opened on the 13th March. Again, although mainly a restaurant you can have a drink without eating. The bar support three handpumps for changing cask ales when operational in the near future. www.thechicagoribshack.co.uk
What was formerly the London Rd, Garyowen, Codee's Bar, & Rugby Tavern; reopened on the 9th March as The Shack 68. This is a bar and restaurant serving BBQ inspired food. No real Ale. www.theshack.london
A new Premises Licence Application has been made for what was the Old Anchor, 71 Richmond Road Twickenham:
'Proposed convenience retail store, to trade 7 days a week, selling groceries, sundry items and alcohol for consumption off the premises only. J-Supply of alcohol (outdoors) Monday to Sunday 07:00 to 23:00'
The Moon Under Water in Hounslow, are having a Real Ale festival 13th-29th March. All festival ales (48) will be £1.99 and they will also be offering a 'try 3 ales (1/3 tasting glasses) for £1.99' deal. CAMRA vouchers accepted throughout festival.
The friends of the Red Lion in Isleworth have reported that they are delighted that Hounslow Council voted to list the pub as a Community Asset. The Red Lion is now protected for a six months community consultation period in the event that a delevoper applies for change of use or redeveopment. This is the first AVC granted in our Branch area. The future of Red Lion is currently in a state of flux as we await news on who will buy the lease.
The New Inn at 345 Petersham Rd, Ham, has applied for planning permission - 15/0597/LBC - for a new business sign. The building is Grade-II listed.
The Lofty Turtle (previously the Naked Turtle) at 505-507 Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen, has closed. In a recent tweet from @theloftyturtle "the owners have moved to the Westcountry @thebronxbar same beer ethos better food & 30 meters to the beach." The future of the bar is uncertain.
Twickenham Fine Ales are in the local news again. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond with Conservative parliamentary candidate Dr Tania Mathias visited the brewery on the day a new fermenting vessel was being installed, increasing beer brewing capacity by 20%. The guests were shown around by MD Steve Brown and Master Brewer Stuart Medcalf.
The Windsor Castle, 152 Bath Rd, Hounslow is open and bearing an 'Under New Management' banner. A planning application: 00083/152/P10 dated 22nd Oct 2014, submitted for its demolition and the erection of a seven storey building comprising of commercial floorspace on the ground floor and 36 flats above, has been refused 28th Jan 2015.
Two pubs in Twickenham are set to be lost to the restaurant trade.
Ales&Tails, 29/31 York Street. There is now a notice on the window that the premises will be opening as a Chicago Rib Shack BBQ Grill Restaurant in Feb 2015. www.thechicagoribshack.co.uk
What was the Twickenham Tavern at 11 London Road will also be opening as a restaurant soon. It will be called the Blues Smokehouse - Authentic American BBQ. Looking at their other outlets, a range of bottled, draft craft beers including two cask ales are expected to be served, but not as a standalone bar. bluessmokehouse.com
The remaining 12 years of the Nomura/Wellington lease on the Red Lion in Linkfield Rd, Isleworth is being put up 'for sale' by Paul Andrews to allow Louisa to pursue a different career interest. Paul will continue to run the Victoria Tavern at 56 Worple Rd, Isleworth.
Tom McAuley is to leave the Prince of Wales, 136 Hampton Rd, Twickenham.
The London Road, 68 London Rd, Twickenham, remains closed whilst extensive work is being carried out on the premises.
Dave Scott's dream of moving his Kew Brewery onto a commercial footing took a step closer yesterday, as Richmond Council approved his planning application. He is planning for the brewery to be operational by April this year with a 6 barrel plant.
Follow progress on Facebook.
The Moon On The Square at 30 The Centre, High St, Feltham, is holding a Beer Festival between Monday 16th February to Friday 20th. There will be a range of beers from a selection of London Breweries:
By The Horns (Summerstown)- Bison American Pale Ale 4.8%, Mick The Miller 4%, Diamond Geezer 4.9% Clarence & Fredericks (Croydon)- Cascadian Black 5%, Golden Ale 3.8% The Cronx (Croydon)- Standard 3.8%, Kotchin 3.9%, Mad-Ass Entire 5.2% East London (Leyton)- Foundation Bitter 4.2%, Cowcatcher American Pale 4.8%, Quadrant Oatmeal Stout 5.8% Hop Stuff (Woolwich)- Fusilier 4.3%, Renegade IPA 5.6% Portobello (Portobello)- Chestnut Ale 4.5%, Ginger Bread Beer 4.4%, Apachi 7% Truman’s (Hackney Wick)- Eyrie 4.3%, Original Porter 4.5%, Runner 4%
Pint’s on the Monday will be £1.79, and the pub will be accepting CAMRA vouchers all week.
The Aleksander. 14/5023/FUL Change of Use to the first floor from single residential use to public dining only and WC.