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 2019 AGM the following committee and non-committee members were elected.
The Branch AGM Minutes for 2019 can be seen here.
Chairman*: Bob Gordon
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: Phil Harrison
Branch Clubs officer: John Lisle
*Denotes mandatory positions. Other posts are discretionary as is the number of additional people on the committee.
The George IV on 185 Chiswick High Road, has a notice outside stating that they are going cashless from 18th October.
The Clock House in Teddington is now open and under new management. The pub is in the process of redecorating and will also be changing its name in the new year. The new publican's aim is for the pub to be family and dog friendly community pub, with both Sky and BT Sports. The kitchen is expected to be open by mid October and will include stone baked pizza and traditional English pub food with a twist.
The Oct/Nov London Drinker Magazine is once again only available online. Full magazine can be viewed at:
The Fox & Duck - 194 Petersham Road, Petersham. There has been a public house on the site since around 1700. In October 2018 The Petersham Environment Trust succeeded in its application to the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames to list this local pub as an asset of community value. Since then the pub has been taken over by the Old Spot Pub Company. The company have signed a 25 year lease and they and Ei (the owners) are jointly investing £400k to renovate the premises. Old Spot Company are very keen for the pub to be asset for the community and hope that locals will feel welcome there and want to visit. They hope to open in December 2020 or January 2021. https://theoldspotpubco.com
TW2 Taproom at 80-82 The Green, Twickenham. Officially open with a launch night on the 12th of September 2020. With Sunday roasts and full menu being available from the 13th of September.
The Cricketers at Kew Green, has reopened end of August under, new independent ownership. Now a free house. Just Fullers London Pride and Doom Bar on handpump.
It's been reported that the Princess Royal at 107 Ealing Road, Brentford will not reopen after the easing of c19 lockdown. The building has apparently been sold to Tesco.
The Clock House at 69 High Street, Teddington, has remained closed after lockdown restrictions have eased. There is now a notice board installed that states ‘Fantastic Business Opportunity’ (runyourpub.com). We’ll have to wait and see in light of the government c19 restrictions if someone will take the pub on.
Update 3rd Sept: the 'white wash' have now been cleaned off the windows.
Reunion Ales Brewery in Vector Park, Forest Road, Feltham. Reunion Ales has closed and production has ceased. Brewing continued throughout lockdown with a skeleton staff on site, but the realities of the effect of the pandemic and other factors have led to the brewery ceasing production.
The Kew Brewery at 477 Upper Richmond Road West, ceased production at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak and now advises that no resumption of brewing is planned at the current site. Their ambition is to acquire new premises in East London later this year (2020), dropping the Kew Brewery name but retaining the current beer recipes.
The Cross Lances, Hounslow (Planning Application update). On the 7th March 2020 it was reported that a planning application to demolish the Cross Lances in Hanworth Road had been submitted to Hounslow Council. This application has been refused. There were numerous reasons for refusal, the most important being the first:
The Lion, Wick Road, Teddington, are staging a Bank Holiday beer festival - Thursday 27th to Monday 31st August. 20+ beers & ciders. BBQ food. Contact the pub to reserve your table.
See Festival Poster
After 5 months of closure The Steam Packet at 85 Strand-On-The-Green, Chiswick, has reopened.
The Aug/Sep London Drinker Magazine is once again only available online. Full magazine can be viewed at:
The Ham Brewery Tap at 4/6 Ham Street, is closed and the Freehold/New Lease are for sale by Symon Smith Estate Agent.
The Kew Stable at Unit 12, 8 Kew Bridge Road, Brentford, will not be reopening after the lock-down. The Stable was a Cider and Pizza restaurant.
Fuller’s has confirmed that the Mawson Arms, 110 Chiswick Lane South, by Hogarth roundabout, will not be reopening and the building will be sold. Read more in The Chiswick Calendar.
Jawbone Brewing in Twickenham have received their premises licence to sell their products from the brewery.
Fuller's have sold The Stable Pizza and Cider company to the Sourdough Pizza company 'Three Joes'. One Stable site falls within our Branch area that of Unit 12, 8 Kew Bridge Road, Brentford.
The Jun/Jul London Drinker Magazine is once again only available online. Full magazine can be viewed at:
A second planning application has been submitted to knock down O'Riordans pub on Brentford High Street and replace it with a 3-storey block of four flats after the initial planning application (P/2019/2873) was refused planning permission this January. Read more on BrentfordTW8.com
You can comment on this application by visiting the planning website and entering the application ref P/2020/1254.
The Apr/May London Drinker Magazine is once again only available online. Full magazine can be viewed at:
It's been reported that The Restaurant Group (TRG) is closing all its pubs permanently as a result of the coronavirus outbreak including the two it owns in Chiswick.
The Roebuck and the Steam Packet in Chiswick are part of the Food and Fuel group along with ten others in the London area. Read more...
To combat the corona virus pandemic sweeping the UK, the Government has ordered the complete closure of all pubs and restaurants from the 23rd March 2020 until further notice.
CAMRA has reconised the impact on WhatPub.com by including a notice and additional services filter to find pubs offering takeouts/deliveries under lockdown.
CANCELLATION OF BRANCH MEETINGS AND EVENTS
In the light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and following advice received from the Government and CAMRA HQ, your Committeee has decided to cancel all forthcoming Branch meetings and events until further notice. Consequently, the Branch meeting at the Pilot, Chiswick is cancelled. Additionally, the three pub Social in Brentford planned for Tuesday 31st March is also cancelled.
Young & Co's Brewery have announced their acquisition of five sites from Pearmain Pubs. This includes The Crown at St Margaret's, Twickenham.
Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood (SPBW) will be holding its 3rd Woodfest in the Winchester Room at the Turks Head, Twickenham between 28-30th May. The festival is the first one in Greater London. It is the only beer festival in the country that serves all the real ale from wooden casks exclusively. There is expected to be 60 ales available. This is a ticketed event £6 and non-members £8, see website [www.spbw.beer/woodfest-2020/] for more information.
The Lion in Wick Road, Teddington is now offering a pint of guest ale at £3.50 to CAMRA Members. The offer is Monday to Friday between 12 - 5pm.
The Landlord of the Ham Brewery Tap at 4/6 Ham Street, Richmond, is offering via Christie & Co, a new 15 year Free of Tie FRI Lease. Annual Rent: £60,000.
Planning Application (Planning Reference: 01254/236/P5*) has been submitted to Hounslow Council on the 17th Feb for demolition of the Cross Lances pub in Hounslow. Application states: 'Demolition of existing public house, to be replaced with a community facility on the corner of Cross Lances Road and Hanworth Road with a large basement area. The residential development has 19 (one, two and three bedroom) flats almost all of which face onto the landscaped area. Two of these flats are fully accessible. The basement car park accommodates nine cars and can be accessed via the car lift.'
* To see the application you need to accept the 'Terms & Conditions', then click on the link again.
It would appear that The Railway Tavern at 28-29 The Quadrant, Richmond is to revert back to become O’Neill's again. A planning application (20/0437/ADV) has been submitted to Richmond Council's Planning Dept on the 13th Feb 2020 (decision due: 14th April 2020) to change the outside signage. The internal changes would also indicate the pub will close for some time to allow for the refurbishment to take place.
Wags N Tales (formerly Le Baron) at 65 Richmond Road, Twickenham, opened 19th Feb 2020. The establishment has had a significant refresh. It will be serving artisan coffee, homemade food (Vegetarian/Vegan only) and a selection of lagers, craft ales and cocktails. Two Cask beers on hand-pumps are Dark Star Hophead and Revelation. Launch party for Wags Twickenham is on Saturday 22nd Feb from 6pm, with guest singer Wayne Woodward 8-10pm. A similar dog friendly café with the same name exists in Surbiton.
Sextons at Hampton Court (formerly Cardinal Wolsey), The Green, Hampton Court Road, reopened on the 31st Jan under new management and as an Independent craft beer bar. The two cask ales when visited were Redemption Hopspur & Urban Dusk.
The Fearless Nomad brewery in the Black Dog Beer House at Brentford is now up and running. Two of their beers are now on the bar; Chocolate Coconut Vanilla Porter and Fearless Nomad Red Ale.