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*: Roy Hurry/Richard Northmore
Treasurer*: Andy Pirson
Membership Secretary*: Stewart Murray
Social secretary & Branch Contact: Roy Hurry
Pubs Campaign Co-ordinator: Trevor Dawson
Webmaster, WhatPub/Pubzilla Database and GBG Co-ordinator : George Gimber
Public Affairs Officer: John Austin
Brewery Liaison: John Austin (Twickenham)
Brewery Liaison: Steve Whitbread (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.
The area covered by the Richmond & Hounslow branch has been expanded to now include the entire Hounslow and Richmond-upon-Thames boroughs, effective from October 1st 2017.
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.
Not long after the Board of Fuller, Smith & Turner announced the decision to jettison their brewery and sell it to Asahi Europe Ltd, Georgina Young, their head brewer has accepted the post of Head Brewer at Bath Ales, Hare Brewery in Warmley. She will oversee all aspects of the brewing and packaging of Bath Ales’ brands.
Bath Ales became part of the St Austell Brewery family in 2016.
The annual Slingbacks beer festival takes place at Rosslyn Park RFC, Priory Lane, SW15 5JH on the 6th April from 3pm, but to gain access at that time you need to have bought a ticket to the match @ £10.00. It is free entry from 4pm. All proceeds go towards maintaining the basic upkeep and weekly running of the The Slingbacks team. The event will be held on the day of the Rosslyn Park v Cambridge men's rugby game. Why not enjoy a local pint with the game? A variety of local beers, ales and ciders will be available.
The Freehold of the Rifleman* at 7 Fourth Cross Road, Twickenham, has been sold by Enterprise in a job lot of 370 Free-of-tie leases for £350M to Tavern Propco Ltd, a Jersey Ltd company ultimately controlled, through holding companies. The pubs future is now uncertain.
Link to story in the Morning Advertiser:
*Branch Pub of The Year 2014
Historic Interest—The pub received the accolade of the Inn Sign Society’s annual Sign of the Year award on Friday, 17 January 2014. The occasion was attended by the granddaughter of Rifleman Frank Edwards, the soldier who is pictured on the sign. Veterans of Edwards’ regiment - the London Irish Rifles - were also present plus two pipers who played music that brought a true sense of occasion to the proceedings.
A framed certificate was presented to Mick Laker and Paula Simonon, landlord and landlady [at the time] respectively of the Rifleman, which is a thriving example of how a traditional pub can survive in an era of trendy changes for change’s sake. After receiving the award, Mick said, "We feel very proud to have this award and that our pub’s sign portrays such a fine example of local heritage".
On the 27th Oct 2012 the Mayor of the Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Councillor Rita Palmer, presided over the dedication of a pub sign at The Rifleman in Twickenham. This was to commemorate Frank Edwards going over the top in the First World War at the battle of Loos. A YouTube video of the event at the pub by Alan Benns can be viewed at http://youtu.be/0_a_fVTlGyU
The Angel & Crown in Richmond has a new licensee. Nick Botting is a seasoned restaurateur and licensee. He has worked in venues such as TGI Friday's and The Roadhouse in Camden, north London, before moving to Cornwall and opening his own restaurant. He returned to London to run the Young's-owned Coach & Horses in Kew, which he has since left.
The Bear Kick at 505-507 Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen, has changed to Enroute 505. No real ale.
Young's & Co have announced that The Park at 19 Park Road, Teddington, TW11 0AB is to reopen, after a major makeover, on Friday 15th March at 7pm. www.parkhotelteddington.com
A planning application for Old Kings Head in Hampton Wick has been submitted to Richmond upon Thames Council. The pub has been closed since 5th Feb 2018.
Proposal - Replacement French doors with balconies/ create of roof terrace on first floor western and southern elevation, installation of 2 no. rooflights cabrio on southern roof slope to facilitate the conversion of public house with staff accommodation into 1x commercial unit in A2 Use and 4 no. 2 bed (2B4P) flats. New access gates and associated refuse store.
Status: In Progress, Application Received.
The remaining 8 years of a Ei Group lease on the Lion at 27 Wick Road, Teddington is on the market by Fleurets (LA-822053). £125,000 - Leasehold.
Also, a new Free-of-Tie lease available for the Waldegrave Arms at 209 Waldegrave Road, Teddington is on the market by Fleurets (LA-821937). £30,000 Guide Price - To Let.
Fuller’s announces that it has entered into an agreement for the sale of its entire beer business to Asahi Europe Ltd, for an enterprise value of £250 million on a debt free, cash free basis.
The business being sold comprises the entirety of Fuller’s beer, cider and soft drinks brewing and production, wine wholesaling, as well as the distribution thereof, and also includes the Griffin Brewery, Cornish Orchards, Dark Star Brewing and Nectar Imports.
Read more on the Fuller's Blog
Moon on the Square in Feltham are having a Meet the Brewer Beer and Pizza evening with Sambrooks brewery. They will be here to meet customers, talk about the beer. There will be four Sambrooks beers on pump at the time. This will be from 7pm on Monday 11th February. The pub will also be starting a weekly quiz night on Sunday 3rd February at 8pm. Entry £1 per player which will go to CLIC Sargent, 1 st Prize will be a £25 bar tab.
The Crown (formally Carvosso's) at 210 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick. will have a soft opening from 22nd January and to be fully open on the 1st February 2019. The bar is expected to serve beers from London brewers. The restaurant will offer a seven-day a week, all-day menu, from morning breakfasts, onto casual or formal lunches and dinners. Pub launched by famed chef Henry Harris and will be the fourth from Harcourt Inns.
Right Move is advertising the freehold of O'Riordans Tavern at 3 High Street, Brentford, for sale. Offers are invited in excess of £1.5M.
Brian Watson confirmed that the Oddly Brewery at Unit 12, Platt’s Eyot, Lower Sunbury Road, Hampton, is moving to new premises in Tottenham and currently reassembling the plant there. The new brewery has a tap room and is just round the corner from Spurs’ football ground (and Redemption Brewery in on an adjacent trading estate).
The Anglers at 3 Broom Road, Teddington, closed on 2nd January 2019 for an extreme makeover. The pub is expected to be back in business by mid-April 2019. The work will bring the kitchen and bar up to date, together with a new Function room and upstairs bar. Changes to the dining areas will give better views of the river Thames. The Gardens will also get some attention with improved bike parking, kids activities and al fresco dining options.
Planning applications granted: 18/2566/FUL and 17/4293/FUL. Additional kitchen extract, four condensers to serve cold stores and air conditioning. Construction of new plant room and relocation of existing bin enclosure, with associated works. Erection of two storey glazed link between main building and outbuilding to facilitate the relocation of customer toilets to outbuilding, new enclosure and enlargement of existing deck. Removal of timber shed. Opening of new pedestrian footpath into the pub garden from riverside and associated works.
See Fuller's web site page: anglers-pub-refurbishment
The Mitre at 20 St Mary's Grove, Richmond will be closed from 2nd January for rework to the bar for inclusion of 'craft' beer taps. Pub to reopen 10th January.
The Kings Head at 123 High Street, Teddington will be closed from Monday 14th January for 5 days. They will reopen the bar from 4pm on 19th January and restaurant from 6pm.
The White Cross, Riverside, Water Lane, Richmond will be closed 2nd January until the 10th of January for structural work.
The Park Hotel in Teddington recently bought by Young's & Co closed on the 25th November 2018 "for a transformational refurbishment". It is expected to reopen February 2019. Work currently in progress.
The Kew Brewery founded in 2015 by Dave Scott has passed control of the brewery to Jana Gray and partner Jonathan. In December 2018 the brewery has opened a bar/taproom at the Brewhouse, 477 Upper Richmond Road West, SW14 7PU. (The brewery currently has a tap takeover at the Dodo pub, Hanwell, on Jan 25th).