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.
Black Horse at 203 Lampton Road, Hounslow - It has been reported that the exterior of the pub has been repainted. A sign shows that it's under refurbishment and will closed from 18th March to 3rd April 2017, but is actually open now whilst refurbishment is ongoing. No handpumps evident, but the licensee said they would be serving two real ales on once the refurbishment is completed.
The Roebuck on Richmond Hill is to get an external rebranding by Greene King next week.
Richmond Arms, The Square Richmond TW9 1DZ may not be closed for good as previously thought. A new planning application 17/0096/ADV has been submitted. Existing fascia on North facing and West facing Facades are to be painted with signage 'Richmond Town Tavern' on both sides with existing sign lights replaced with new to light signage after dusk. Existing protruding hanging sign to be replaced with new sign in line with branding and existing menu display to be replaced with a new menu display. Status: In Progress. Neighbour notification started. Decision due: end of March 2017.
The Sussex Arms in Twickenham is to reopen at 5pm on Thursday 26th January after a refurbishment /redecoration. Now with 15 cask ales, 6 ciders, 10 keg lines, small batch spirits and a new food menu.
On a recent visit to The Stable at Kew Bridge, Brentford, confirmed it is not a pub in the traditional sense, but a pizza restaurant with a strong connection with cider. They have a very good range with nine gravity served from the box. Price £5-5.50 a pint. You can enjoy the ciders on offer without any obligation to eat.
It has been reported that the Pig's Ears Beer Cellar at 5 Hill Street, Richmond, will shortly change its name to Richmond Vault, following a change of owner last summer.
Twickenham MP Dr Tania Mathias meets Mick Laker the Licensee of the Rifleman to congratulate him on well deserved annual Pub in Bloom award: for flowers & wildflowers.
What was previously called All Bar One at 9/11 Hill Street, Richmond, has been closed and all signage removed. The building is shrouded in scaffolding at the moment (Jan 2017). It is due to re-open late Spring 2017, as The Ivy Cafe. It will be an all-day British café-brasserie with an all-encompassing menu serving modern British and international Ivy-inspired classics from dawn until dusk, seven days a week. No real ale. theivycaferichmond.com
There is to be a 'Tap Takeover' by The Park Brewery (Kingston Upon Thames) and 'Meet the Brewer' event at The Mute Swan, Hampton Court on the 18th Feb 2017 12:30 - 2:30pm.
The William Webb Ellis will be closed from Monday 16th Jan to Friday 27th for refurbishment work.