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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The shop is open 10am to 8pm Monday to Thursday and 11am to 6pm Saturday. Closed Sunday.
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 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.
The Magpie & Crown at 128 High Street, Brentford, TW8 8EW, is up for sale by Rightmove. Tenure: Leasehold, free of tie.
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
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.
The 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
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
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.
Tickets 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:
For tickets or further information: Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
The 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.
After its refurbishment the Misty Moon in Twickenham re-opens today as The Timberyard. Update: Courage Best on 2 pumps + Tribune and Doom Bar.
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.
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.
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
The 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.
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
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.