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.
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.
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...
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.