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BRANCH NEWS ARCHIVE - 2007

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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.

Pubs, Beer and Brewery News

Posted News item
7th Dec 07

Inside view of PaPa J's bar whilst wipThe Waiting Rooms, 181 Twickenham Rd, Isleworth will reopen this weekend as 'PaPa J's' Indian Tapas Restaurant & Bar. When the establishment was visited preparation work was still taking place. Inside was divided into a fair sized bar area and a larger partitioned eating area with frosted 'pj' engraved glass panel dividers. The long wooden bar included two traditional hand pumps.

2nd Dec 07

The freehold on Captain Morgans of Brentford and the lease on The Royal Albion (Jalandhar Junction), Hounslow are up for sale.

The Duke, 2 Duke St, Richmond is now open. Not much has changed inside except a more formal table layout. Two hand-pumps on the bar serving Adnams and Pride. The external repainting looks to have left it in a 'grey undercoat' stage.

21st Nov 07

The Red Lion 49 High Street, Feltham, TW13 4AB re-opened on Friday 16th after a major refurbishment. The ambiance is now comfortable, clean, light and airy. There is laminate flooring around bar and a smart carpet with high tables and chairs. The new landlord Phil Coker says that cask beer will be on soon starting with possibly Ruddles Best or maybe Youngs Ordinary (c.£2.30 a pint). He plans to have a second stronger beer on later possibly Shep's Spitfire as Phil comes from Kent. Phil has run a pub near Sheffield which sold beers from micros and he's keen to promote real ale. This all good news for Feltham.

The Waiting Rooms at Isleworth is closed at the moment with a banner saying "Tapas Bar/restaurant opening soon".

6th Nov 07

Henry´s Cafe Bar, 4 Whittaker Ave, Richmond has been refurbished and is to open as Revolution Vodka bar on the 9th November. Revolution - Richmond Website

31st Oct 07

Members of the Teddington Police Liaison Group heard that a new Manager has been appointed at The Builders Arms, 38 Field Lane, Teddington. Read full story on teddington-online web site.

29th Oct 07

It has been reported that The Racing Page, 2 Duke St, Richmond has closed for refurbishment and will reopen as a gastropub called The Duke. The Larkins Cellar Bar, 113 High St. Hounslow is closed.

26th Oct 07

The Fountain (Beefeater), 152 Sixth Cross Rd, Twickenham, TW2 5PE is closed for a major refurbishment. There is a big banner outside proclaiming that it will re-open on 30th November.

21st Oct 07

The Roebuck, 130 Richmond Hill has been awarded branch Pub of the Year for 2007.

The Oak Bar & Grill, 172 High St. Teddington is now open and selling beers from Twickenham Fine Ales. Tel: (020) 8977 5001

Hussar, 495-497 Staines Rd. Hounslow now has a sign up stating 'Hussars Bar and Restaurant opening soon'.

Shannons, 32-34 High St. Hounslow is closed with To Let sign up.

9th Oct 07 The Red Lion, Linkfield Road, Isleworth are holding a Seasonal Beer Festival between the 23rd - 25th November (Fri Noon to Sun 11pm). There will be 15 seasonal real ales including Stouts & Porters and of course cider and perry. See their poster.
29th Sep 07 Front view of the OakProgress towards opening soon looks possible for the new Oak, Bar & Grill, 172 High Street, Teddington and a website is now accessible. This states that "the pub will have a modern feel whilst retaining the traditional London pub atmosphere". There is hope of real ale as 3 handpumps are visible on the bar. The restaurant is located downstairs and will be "bright, modern and comfortable, with wooden and slate floors and solid teak tables" - www.theoakteddington.co.uk.
9th Oct 07 The lease on the Jenny Lind, Hampton Hill and the Railway Hotel, Hampton are both up for sale.
18th Sep 07

View of bar being refurbishedThe Dysarts Arms, Petersham Road, Richmond has been closed for two and half weeks for a major refurbishment and is planed to reopen 23rd September.

The previous gothic look inside is to go. The natural sand-stone walls have been painted light green.

10th Sep 07

View of refurbishment work in progressEdwards, opposite Richmond Station has changed its name back to
'the bull' when it was well known in the 60s music scene.

Henry´s Cafe Bar, 4 Whittaker Ave, Richmond has been closed for a major refurbishment. It is planned to be reopened as (Vodka) 'Revolution' on the 5th Oct boasting 90 Vodka brands and a large range of foreign beers.

12th Aug 07

The Oak, Bar & Grill, 172 High Street Teddington that's been unopened for a year is now advertising for a Chef, Front of House Manager and Bar & Waiting Staff. Work is is now in progress to complete the interior where three hand pumps can be seen on the bar which is most promising, but looks to be more restaurant than bar. As yet there is no opening date.

7th Aug 07

Congratulations to Twickenham Fine Ales

Twickenham Sundancer being servedThe Champion Beer of Britain Awards 2007 were announced at the Great British Beer Festival today. In the Bitters category, Twickenham Fine Ales - our only real ale brewery in the branch area - won Silver for their Sundancer. The sub category results were:

1. (Gold) Castle Rock - Harvest Ale
2. (Silver) Twickenham - Crane Sundancer
3. (Joint Bronze) Surry Hill's - Ranmore Ale & Fyne - Piper's Gold

The Champion Beer of Britain was Hobson's Mild.

5th Aug 07

The HussarThe Hussar, 495-497 Staines Road, Hounslow (rebuilt in 1833 and opposite Hounslow Heath) has been closed for two months. The present owners have a Temple in the back garden that they apparently wish to extend by changing the usage of the pub.

Triple Crown, 266 Twickenham Road, Isleworth has also been closed and is boarded up. The pub's future is uncertain.

23rd July 07

The Rifleman in Hounslow is about to re-open as El-Shaam, a Lebanese restaurant. The external redecoration is done, the windows are still blanked out with paper.

Something's happening with the Albany Arms in Brentford - all the signage is still up, but the doors and windows have been blanked off on the inside with netting.

The "To Let" sign has gone from the Coach & Horses in Isleworth, which appears to be open as normal now.

19th July 07

The Prince Albert, 30 Hampton Road, Twickenham have announced that they will be holding a beer festival between 31st August and 7th September, featuring Twickenham Fine Ales, with 25 different real ales, ciders and perries in rotation.

8th July 07

Two pubs that are currently subject to changes are: White Swan, Riverside, Twickenham is up for sale (June). The pub is owned by the Massivepub group, and Queen Dowager, 49 North La. Teddington - a Youngs pub - is advertising a To Let sign.

5th July 07

The Hand and Flower, Upper Ham Rd. Ham Common, TW10 5LA is now under new owership. It has been renovated and renamed the Legless Frog.

1st July 07

New Controlled Drinking Zones (CDZ), aimed at keeping Richmond and Twickenham town centres enjoyable for all, will come into force from Friday, June 29th. The CDZs will give police the power to require people to stop drinking alcohol and/or surrender their drink in the event of anti-social behaviour. If people refuse they risk a fine of up to £500.

20th Jun 07

The Swan, Swan Road, Hanworth is up to let. New Moon, 50 Main St, Hanworth, Feltham, has lost its licence after a Police search recovered a substantial amount of drugs from the pub, following complaints from local residents on 10th May.

23rd May 07

The Bloated MallardThe Bloomsbury, (previously known as the Five Oaks), 209 Staines Rd, Twickenham is due to reopen in about a week after another major refurbishment. They advertise home cooked food, cask ales, live sports and a beer terrace. Beers expected are Courage Best and Bombardier. This a large spacious pub with plenty of seating. As previously reported in January 2006 The Bloomsbury had to close after its recent refurbishment because of a fire on New Year's Day which gutted the ground floor bar area.

28th May - Pub now open.

21st May 07 The Plough at East Sheen is closed for refurbishment and due to reopen in 4-5 weeks time.
14th May 07 The Winning Post pub has been closed for refurbishment.
9th May 07 The European industry commissioner has ruled that imperial weights and measures can be displayed indefinitely alongside metric measurements. This means the the Great British Pint is no longer under threat. See full story "Sun may never set on British Empire's pint" in The Register.
8th April 07

The refurbished of the Rose & Crown, High Steet. Feltham. TW13 4HS has been completed and the pub reopened as The Mansion on 5th April 2007. Now under new management, it has a bigger kitchen, new menu etc. Two handpumps on bar appear to be without clips.

The Rifleman, 50 Hanworth Road, Hounslow has closed down.

The Hook Line and Sinker, 29/31 York Steet, Twickenham has been taken over from Fullers by the Mint Group and renamed The Ranch.
Tel:0871 2239542

4th April 07 The Richmond & Twickenham Times have reported that The Crown pub on the corner of Crown Road and Richmond Road has reopened after the bar's refurbishment.
1st April 07

The Bloated MallardThe Railway, 3 Victoria Road, Teddington, has reopened on Sunday 1st April after extensive refurbishment as The Bloated Mallard. The pub which has attempted to preserve its Victorian origin has a Dining room that will be serving quality food. There are three hand pumps (behind American c1920s ornate metal screens) serving - on opening - Directors, Harvey's Sussex bitter and Bass.

24th Mar 07 Punch Taverns who its reported could sell 1,000 of its pubs ahead of the smoking ban (July 1st) have 3 pubs within our area up for sale: Coach & Horses, 684 London Road, Hounslow. TW3 1PG (the one at the end of Hounslow High St) Crown & Sceptre, 21 Staines Rd, Feltham. TW14 0JS, and Horse & Groom, Mount St, Feltham. TW13 6AH.
19th Mar 07

The Railway, Teddington - Pub signThe Railway, 3 Victoria Rd, Teddington
This pub is still covered in scaffolding with lots of refurbishment going on.

A board has recently appeared in the window saying "Coming soon - The Bloated Mallard". The word is that it will be opened as a high quality Steak Restaurant and Bar.

The original quirky sign left may now not be seen again.

17th Mar 07

The tenancy of The Castle pub in 18 Upper Square, Isleworth has been put up for sale by Youngs & Co. It is understood that Youngs intend to offload 22 pubs from their estate.


The King's Arms pub and surrounding frontage in 33 South Street TW7 7AL, Old Isleworth is subject to a redevelopment application (01031/33P5) by owners Cross Pears.

This is similar to one for 15 flats which was refused by Hounslow Council a year ago. This large pub and garden is recognised as Georgian but parts of it may be older. The pub is a dominant feature of South Street and was at the centre of the commuity in its hay day. It has now been derelict for at least five years. The Isleworth Society and The Four Roads Residents Association are also concerned about the current dereliction of the pub which has become an eyesore.

The application calls for the retention of Class A3 Retail use and ground floor of the existing building together with conversion of upper levels to form 2 self contained flats, together with the demolition of rear annex and outbuildings. The erection of one residential block comprising four 2-bed houses, two 1-bed flats and one 2-bed maisonette with associated parking.

16th Feb 07

A planning application (07/0299/FUL) has been lodged with Richmond Council for The Waldegrave PH, 209 Waldegrave Rd. The proposals call for the refurbishment of existing public house retaining the A4 use class at ground floor with 3 flats at upper floors. Construction of two new 3 storey buildings comprising of 19 flats with associated parking for 20 cars.

Because of an ongoing legal dispute The Oak, 170 High St Teddington, is not likely to be open for months.

24th Jan 07 It has been reported that the Coach & Horses, 183 London Road, Isleworth, (a Youngs Pub) will be closing down in April for subsequent conversion into a Hotel.
22nd Jan 07 The Railway (next to Station), 3 Victoria Road , Teddington is closed and is being refurbished.
3rd Jan 07

The Hook Line and Sinker, 29/31 York St, Twickenham has been sold by Fullers and is to be a Bar. The Grand Union Cocktail Bar (ex Hobgoblin & Filthy McNasties), 11 London Rd, Twickenham is now selling two Real Ales.

The Ailsa Tavern, 263 St Margarets Rd has been sold to the Braziers who formery ran the Turks Head in Winchester Rd.

The Rose (formerly Rose of Denmark and about 3 years ago Gouramy's Restaurant), 28 Cross St, Barnes is to reopen as the Brown Dog Bar & Dining Room. Dining room available lunchtime and evenings weekdays, all day Sat, 12-4 on Sun. May be selling Adnams Bitter and Fullers London Pride.

Bar Estilo in Barnes - it is now a restaurant and has been deleted from our branch pubs list.

Its been reported that the Oak (replacement for the demolished Royal Oak) in Teddington will not open until Febuary owing to flooding.

 

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