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.
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.
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.