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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.

AGM and Committee Decisions

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: TBA
Webmaster and WhatPub/Pubzilla Database Co-ordinator: George Gimber
Public Affairs Officer: John Austin
Brewery Liaison: John Austin (Twickenham)
Brewery Liaison: TBA (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.

Branch Area Update

The area covered by the Richmond & Hounslow branch has been expanded to now include the entire Hounslow and Richmond-upon-Thames boroughs. It will become effective from October 1st 2017.

Pubs, Beer and Brewery News

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.

Posted News item
4th Dec

What was the Refectory at 92 High Street, Hampton Hill, is to reopen after extensive refurbishment as The Beech House on the 7th December 2018. See their website.

30th Nov

The Six Bells in Brentford now to be called Six Bells at Brentford Lock reopened 12th November. The the new licensee is Andrew McCracken. He has Pride and ESB on handpump but due to poor take-up since opening cask ales may be dropped if demand is poor. There is a good selection of ‘craft’ keg beers from a new brass tap array. The kitchen is producing a good range of food including Sunday lunches. A Christmas Day Menu has been printed. There are some favourable comments on Facebook about the food. Lets hope this pub can gets the trade and is successful and remains a feature along the High Street.

Planning notification (18/3763/TEL) submitted for Kings Arms Hotel on Hampton Court Road. 'New fascia sigh and replacement totem hanging sign for hotel and bar, and fascia sign for restaurant.

The Ham Brewery Tap at 4/6 Ham Street, Ham, TW10 7HT, is now selling two Twickenham Ales. When visited they had Twickenham Naked Ladies & Redhead together with Sharp’s Doom Bar and Young’s Special.

24th Nov

Update from 7th September posting: Harcourt Inns was due to open a fourth London site previously known as former Carvosso's at 210 Chiswick High Road that was to be called The Harlot this month, but it will now launch in January 2019 as The Crown instead. The company said further acquisitions were expected.

20th Nov

The Park Hotel in Teddington recently bough by Young's & Co will be closed from the 25th November "Due to an amazing refurbishment" It is expected to reopen February 2019.

The Leasehold of The Builders Arms, 38 Field Lane, Teddington, is up for sale by Christie & Co. The proposed purchaser will be required to offer continuity of employment in accordance with the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations. See Brochure.

The Anglers, 3 Broom Road, Teddington, is to close for 2½ months for refurbishment and other works to kitchens etc. from January 2019.

13th Nov

The Kings Arms Hotel, 2 Lion Gate, Hampton Court Road, East Molesey. Is being completely refurbished and currently covered in scaffolding. Expected to be reopening Spring 2019. See kingsarmshamptoncourt.com/holding/index.html

6th Nov

A new 'draught apothecary dispensing craft brews.' has opened in Twickenham, called Brewery Market. They are located opposite the Eel Pie pub at 48/49 Church St, TW1 3LE. They sell cans and bottles that can also be consumed on the premises. However, their draft brews can only be consumed in 1/3pt glasses under current licensing conditions. When visited on Saturday 3rd November they had on tap: Weird Beard IMP American Wheat 9.6%, Siren Suspended in Mosaic Pale Ale 4%, The Kernal Table Beer Pale Ale 2.8%, Kitty's Kombucha Hemp Nectar, Oskar Blues Death by Coconut Stout 6.5% and Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin Saison 8.5%. High quality metal Growler containers can be bought for takeaways. They also sell herbal tea and other medicinal and cosmetic products inspired by hops. Dogs are also not left out as there is a good selection of bottled alcohol free 'dog beers' available. Their website can be found at brewerymarket.co.uk

27th Oct

Opening Night PosterThe Hampton at 31 Tangley Park Road, Hampton (previously known as the Court Jester) that suffered a devastating fire in July 2017 has been newly refurbished and recently reopened under a new name. It's now called the Hamptons Ale House. Unfortunately it has been reported to only have Courage Best Bitter and Sharp's Doom Bar on the bar.

The pub's official reopening is on Thursday 1st November 2018 at 6pm. See their facebook page: HamptonAleHouseHampton

26th Oct

This year's pub of the year was announced on the 25th Oct 2018 at the Twickenham Beer & Cider Festival. The winner was the Masons Arms, Teddington. The runner up was the Sussex Arms in Twickenham.

16th Oct

The Black Dog Beer House at 17 Albany Road, Brentford, is to open its doors at 6pm on the 17th October. The opening tap list will include 14 'craft' kegs, 8 real ales, 5 real ciders.

13th Oct

Its been reported that the The Duke of York at 107 Devonshire Road, Chiswick has reopened, Fullers has sold this pub and removed all signage.

A new pub company called Apprise Pubs have acquired their first site, the Refectory in Hampton Hill, April 2018. The pub will be renamed The Beech House and is expected to reopen November December 2018. It will be operated by Oakman Inns. Refurbishment work inside is currently in progress. See www.beechhousehamptonhill.co.uk

The Beehive in Bedfont has been taken on by a young team who are making a go of it. No food at present, as much of the previously replenished kitchen has been ripped out, but the cask ales selection has improved: Regular cask beers always on are now Fullers Pride, ESB & Seafarers. Under the previous management it was reduced to Pride only to the dismay of locals.

The Windmill at 80 Windmill Road, Hampton is being advertised by AG&G (agg.uk.com) for sale as a Freehold pub with vacant possession upon completion. Offers invited. Pub currently being run under a holding manager engaged by Admiral Taverns to keep the pub open until it is sold.

The Park, Park Road, Teddington will close for a major refurbishment by Young's & Co on the 25th November. The changes has been described as "exceptional and be a landmark pub for Young's that will attract people from afar".

11 pubs run by Food & Fuel have been acquired by The Restaurant Group and will be added to their Brunning & Price gastropub division. One pub affected in our area: The Duke

11th Sept

On the 21st until the 30th September the annual Mute Swan (opposit Hampton Court) beer festival is back, showcasing some of Britain's best beers. On Friday 28th September, Twickenham and Truman's Brewery will be present to host a tasting session. The pub will also be featuring some live music to see the beer festival out in style.

7th Sept

The former Carvosso's at 210 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick W4 1PD is to reopened with a new name - The Harlot. This will be a 'neighbourhood' pub/restaurant that is expected to open in November 2018 now 2019. The new name for the former police station, was inspired by William Hogarth's eighteenth-century series of prints, The Harlot's Progress, and the decor will reflect Chiswick's historical heritage. The pub is the fourth opening from Harcourt Inns (a small dining-pub group), a collection of four pubs with dining rooms. Their most recent opening (May 2018) was The Hero of Maida Vale.

Read more on www.chiswickw4.com

4th Sept

The Duke of York at 107 Devonshire Road, Chiswick is closed, and all Fuller's signage removed.

The Cross Lances in Hounslow has been sold by Fuller's to Sehajpal Properties Limited - 13/8/2018.

The TreeHouse at 73 White Hart Lane, Barnes has closed - reason unknown. The pub tweeted "It is with real sadness that I have to announce that we are now closed. We would like to thank you for all the support and custom you have shown us over the years. We have made a lot of friends and will miss you all."

31st Aug

Downing LLP (an FCA authorised and regulated investment manager) has provided £4.7m of equity to Apprise Pubs, a pub company seeking to acquire closed freehold sites in the Home Counties and convert them into high-quality gastro-pubs. The pubs will be operated by the team at Oakman Inns. Apprise acquired its first site, the Refectory in Hampton Hill, in April 2018

See: www.downing.co.uk/news-views/downing-makes-%C2%A347-million-investment-new-gastro-pubs

The name Cardinal Wolsey imbedded into the fabric of the side wall of the pub has been cemented over during external repainting of the pub, The pub now trades as Sextons of Hampton Court. See Facebook page.

There are signs that what was previously known as The Liongate Hotel & Bar located beside the gates of Bushy Park on the Hampton Court Road, East Molesey, is due to reopen. The property closed in 2012 and was boarded-up. Redevelopment work started in 2016. A banner has now been placed over the entrance stating "Coming soon - Windy Milla Custom Bicycles|Cafe|Bar|Event Space". www.wyndymilla.com/

The Albany Arms in Brentford closed since 2016 is to reopen soon with a new name 'Black Dog Beer House'. A recruitment notice has been spotted: "A new independent Pub opening in Brentford, West London is on the lookout for friendly & enthusiastic staff to join them. Currently in the midst of refurbishment and development, our soon to be launched pub will be serving up a range of Independent Keg Beer, Cask Ale, Cider and much more! With an amazing Head Chef we will be equally focused on food with a seasonally changing eclectic menu. And if that’s not enough, we will also have a nano brewery onsite producing some tasty brews."

They are currently looking to be open late September/early October 2018.

28th July

The Angel and Crown at 5 Church Street, Richmond, re-opened 5pm on the 27th July under a holding manager whilst Fullers look for a new tenant.

12th July

Fuller's Brewer shop has been transformed and reopened on the 11th June 2018. Located at: Griffin Brewery, Chiswick Lane South, London, W4 2QB. See Website.

Included in the shop is a bar with five hand-pumps where you can sample 'barrel-fresh' beers before you grab a Fuller’s growler and have it filled up to take home. Behind the shop and visible though large glass windows is their shiny new Pilot Brewery.
Hayley Marcor (pictured) is the Commissioning Brewer.

The shop is open 10am to 8pm Monday to Thursday and 11am to 6pm Saturday. Closed Sunday.

11th July

The Morning Advertiser has reported 'One of London's oldest pubs closes after legal bill'. A west London pub dating back to 1547 has closed its doors after succumbing to financial pressures, including a £16,000 legal bill.

This pub is the Angel & Crown in Richmond, a Fuller's pub. The pub's licensee for the past 13 years has surrendered his lease because of the conditions imposed. Fuller's are now currently looking for a new tenant.

Read the full story here.

Also, another Fuller's pub has closed.
The Six Bells in Brentford is currently closed. Although the pub name is still there, Fullers branding has been removed.

23rd June

The Freehold of O'Riordans Tavern at 3 High Street Brentford, is up for sale for £1.5M by Rightmove.

Because there was one single complaint from a neighbour, Richmond Council have decreed that no more live music can take place at the Rifleman, Twickenham.

4th June

The Magpie & Crown at 128 High Street, Brentford, TW8 8EW, is up for sale by Rightmove. Tenure: Leasehold, free of tie.

23rd May

The Hope at 115-117 Kew Road, Richmond, has reopened. The pub is now under new management and opened on the 18th May 2018. When recently visited, three beers were on - Twickenham Naked Ladies (£4.90/pt), Timothy Taylor Landlord and Sharp's Doom Bar.

The Mansion High St, Feltham TW13 4HS. Planning Application submitted in Jan 2018, and later approved, for the erection of a part first floor rear extension to the existing public house to allow for conversion into six flats with associated cycle parking and waste storage. System Reference: P/2018/0401 - Planning Reference: 00609/CC/P1

11th May

Earl Haig at 286 Bath Road, Hounslow, TW4 7DN. This large pub was part of the John Barras chain of pubs taken over by Greene King, but has recently been sold and refurbished by the new owners. Now reported to have been renamed Keg & Cask.

27th Apr

LBA LogoThe London Brewers Beer Festival is to take place on Saturday 23rd June, 1pm to 7pm at Fuller's brewery, Chiswick Lane South, London, W4 2QB. It will be attended by over 40 of London's best breweries and will be a ticketed event. See website: www.londonbrewers.org/lba-beer-fest-2018

Tickets available: lbatickets.wearebeer.com

27th Apr

The Mitre 20 St Marys Grove Richmond TW9 1UY. Richmond Council has received (10/04/2018) a planning application for change of use of an existing storage outbuilding at the rear of the pub to a Pilates studio (D2). Installation of replacement door and windows and new rooflights. The change does not affect the pub. Planning application number: 18/1166/FUL

Kings Arms Hotel Hampton Court Road, East Molesey. Richmond Council has received (12/04/2018) a planning application for external alterations comprising removal of existing paint and render and appropriate subsequent treatment, repair windows/doors to front elevation and enlarging window openings at rear. Planning application number: 18/1199/FUL

Also:
Internal alterations to ground first and second floor hotel, bar and restaurant to deliver mechanical and electrical upgrades, minor structural alterations and repairs, and external alterations comprising removal of existing paint and render and appropriate subsequent treatment, repair windows/doors to front elevation and enlarging window openings at rear. Planning application number: 18/1200/LBC

13th Apr

Young's & Co have acquires two south east hotels from Galleon for £11.6m. The Bridge in Chertsey and The Park in Teddington. The Bridge, which offers 51 en-suite bedrooms, overlooks the Thames, while The Park hotel has 43 en-suite bedrooms as well as The Park Cafe, Restaurant & Bar.

24th Mar

Festival PosterTickets are now available for the Hampton Beer Festival taking place on 15th and 16th June in The Scout Hut, 84-86 Station Road, Hampton. TW12 2AX

Three sessions available:
Friday 15th June 2018 6pm-10pm
Saturday 16th June 2018 12noon-4pm
Saturday 16th June 2018 6pm-10pm

For tickets or further information: Send an email to: tickets@hamptonbeerfestival.co.uk

22nd Mar

Yates's at 1-3 Bath Road, Hounslow has closed and boarded up. A board outside states 'Pub to Let' through a company called Shelley Sandzer who seem to specialise in 'restaurant' sales/lettings.

Grandstand, one of Twickenham Fine Ales beers has picked up an award in the 2018 Champion Beer of London Competition at the London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival.

25th Feb

Bank Holiday Weekend the Sussex Arms in Twickenham are holding an Easter Ale & Cider Festival. Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April. 50 cask beers and 15 ciders. Live music/Hog Roast/BBQ. New Garden opening.

21st Feb

NoticeThe Old Kings Head at 1 Hampton Court Road, in Hampton Wick has closed its doors 5th February. There is to be a closing party on the 24th February. The future of this independently owned Free House is uncertain. The windows now display a 'Under New Management' poster.

The Hope on 115-117 Kew Road, Richmond, has closed.

Old Pack Horse in Chiswick is closing for refurbishment between 4th-10th March.

26th Jan

After its refurbishment the Misty Moon in Twickenham re-opens today as The Timberyard. Update: Courage Best on 2 pumps + Tribune and Doom Bar.

25th Jan

The Red Cow at 59 Sheen Road, Richmond, closed on the 2nd January for a major restoration. It is expected to reopen on the 2nd Feb 2018.

21st Jan

Misty Moon at London Road, Twickenham, has closed for redecoration. There is nothing to indicate when - or in what guise - the premises would reopen.

The Cardinal Wolsey has reopened as Sextans At Hampton Court, although there is no sign outside to indicate this. It officially opens 26/27th Jan 2018. Cask ale available, being Sharp's Doom Bar and Atlantic. See WhatPub.

18th Jan

The Hope at 115-117 Kew Road, Richmond, is currently only open at weekends and is looking for new owners: www.findmypub.com/properties/view/16727

14th Jan

change noticeThe Alba at 277/279 Richmond Road, Twickenham will be closing on Sunday 14th, but will reopen under its original name The Rising Sun on the 27th January.

13th Jan

The Queen's Head, is opening this weekend at the former premises of barbecue and chargrill restaurant The Chiswick Smokehouse, 12 Sutton Lane North, W4. The pub will now be run as a 'gastropub' under a new owner. Cask ale will continue and the food menu will including steaks and grilled meats as well as bar snacks. www.chiswickw4.com

4th Jan

Fuller's have confirmed that they have sold in June 2017 the Duke of York at 107 Devonshire Road, Chiswick, W4 2HU. An attractive corner-site local designed by T H Nowell Parr in 1926 who built a number of distinguished pubs in west London. This historic pub's interior is considered of regional importance.