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 2017 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: Fiona Batey (Kew)
Brewery Liaison: Doug Scott (Reunion Ales)
CAMRA Twickenham Festival Organiser: Charles Owens
Cider & Perry Representative: Bob Gordon
Branch Clubs officer: John Lisle
*Denotes mandatory positions. Other posts are discretionary as is the number of additional people on the committee.
Please note that the Branch has a new officer who has taken up the role of Branch Clubs officer, we welcome John Lisle to the Richmond and Hounslow Branch. 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 Pitcher & Piano, The Tower, 11 Bridge Street in Richmond is currectly closed for refurbishment with changes to the bar and terrace. It is expected to reopen by the end of May.
Scott Plumpton, the licensee tenant of the Beehive at 333 Staines Road, Bedfont, has left the pub and retired from the trade. Fuller's have currently replaced Scott with a temporary manager. The pub has a board up advertising it as a 'Business Opportunity'.
Stokes & Moncreiff at 13 Richmond Road, Twickenham, is currently closed for refurbishment. It is due to reopen as the Royal Oak again.
The Coach & Horses at 27 Barnes High Street. SW13 9LW, has reopened after an 'extensive' spring refresh.
The Pigs Ears Craft & Beer Cellar in Richmond, has now offically changed its name to Richmond Vault Beer Cellar & Restaurant
The Princes Head, Richmond, a Fullers managed house on the corner of Richmond Green is holding a Beer Festival between 12th and 15th May, principally to coincide with the Richmond May Fair, which takes place on the Green on Saturday May 13th.
Noble Green Wines in Hampton Hill are holding a Craft Beer Saturday on May 13th - 12.30 to 5pm Five brewerys represented: Mondobrewing, SambrookAle, Oldhandsbeer, KewBrewery, and LDNbeerfactory. Streetfood by 'Up in My Grill'
A signwriter has been seen at The Mulberry Tree in Twickenham, renaming it 'Le Baron' Bar, Brasserie & Restaurant.
A planning application (17/0096/ADV) has been granted on the 28th March for the Richmond Town Tavern in Richmond.
The Ship at 10 Thames Bank Mortlake are having an in-house beer festival event over the Easter weekend, from Thursday 13th to Monday 17th. Beer will be from local breweries such as Truman's, Wimbledon and Twickenham Fine Ales together with 'meet the brewer' type sessions.
See The Ship's website for more info.
Stokes and Moncrieff at 13 Richmond Rd, Twickenham. It's been reported that the lease has been bought by Hippo Inns. (ex Geronimo). It will have a short refurbishment and reopen in May as THE ROYAL OAK again. Same Manager.
Work has begun on an exterior refurbishment of The Foresters in Hampton Wick, but are still open as usual.
The Hand and Flower at 24 Upper Ham Road, Ham, is currently closed for renovation and is expected to reopen in May this year.
Six Bells at 148 High Street, Brentford has a new licensee of 5 months ago (Keiran Lee & Marcin Spaczynski) and the pub is undergoing some improvements.
A For Sale/To Let A3/A4 Premises. Free of Tie Lease, board from Davis Coffer Lyons is now displayed on what was The Refectory at 92 High Street, Hampton Hill.
Description - A predominantly two-storey part-attached mid-terrace property of brick construction with rendered ground floor elevations under a pitched dormer roof with single-storey flat roof extension to the rear.
Tenure - FREE OF TIE LEASEHOLD. A new Full Repairing and Insuring Free of Tie lease for a minimum term of 10 years within the provisions of the Landlord & Tenant Act. Rental offers invited.
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.
Update: 24th Mar
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 19th April 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.