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Commercial Breweries
Twickenham Fine Ales is our only local brewery. It was established in October 2004 near Twickenham Green and has subsequently gained a good reputation for their beers which have now become a permanent feature in many pubs in the area.
The White Horse Brewery is a small brewery in the shadow of the famous white horse chalk engraving at Stanford in the Vale, Oxfordshire and was subject to a recent (beer festival staff) visit by the branch in 2007.

The Moor Beer Co. Ltd. The 2004 best beer of the Festival winner.

Surrey Hills brewery - A small independent brewery based in Shere, Guildford. In June 2005 it started supplying pubs in and around the Surrey Hills area.
Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C. One of the UK's leading independent brewers. Their beers are widely available within the branch area.
Wells & Young's Brewing Company Ltd began operations on October 2nd 2006, brewing all of Young's beers in Bedford alongside the Charles Wells brand portfolio.
Charles Wells is the largest, independent family owned brewery in the country and was established in 1876. Their Eagle Brewery in Bedford, brews a portfolio of brands, including; Wells Bombardier English Premium Bitter, Wells Eagle IPA, Red Stripe Jamaica Lager Beer, and Kirin Ichiban.
Independent Kent family brewers Shepherd Neame have been brewing for 300 years. They celebrated their tercentenary in 1998. Shepherd Neame are now Britain's oldest brewers. Their beers are also becoming more readily available within the branch area.
This site contains a resource that presents the most up to date list of UK based Real Ale Breweries available on the Internet. - NB. home page appears to be unavailable as of 24th July 06

Pub Companies
This company had produced traditional draught beer at its Ram Brewery in Wandsworth from 1581 to 2006 when production ceased. In 2006 Young's combined its brewing operations with Charles Wells of Bedford, forming a new company called Wells & Youngs who now supply the Young's Estate. The Company's main activity is selling food and drink through its public houses, inns and restaurants situated in England.
The company was established in 1997 and is the largest pub chain with more that 8,400 leased and managed outlets nationally. Managed outlets are wholly owned and operated by the company through its managed division, Spirit Group.
The second largest pub chain formed in 1991 with now over 7,000 pubs nationally.
Mitchells & Butlers have around 2,000 managed pubs and pub restaurants offering food, drink, entertainment and accommodation nationally. The company was founded in 1898 from the merger of two Midlands' family businesses, both owning breweries and pub estates. Mitchells & Butlers runs many of Britain's leading licensed retail brands including Vintage Inns, Ember Inns, Toby Carvery, O'Neill's, All Bar One and Scream.
A small pub chain with around 17 pubs in London.
A small pub chain founded in 2000 with around 21 pubs, mostly in London.

Drinking & Pub Guides
Every two months, the London Branches of CAMRA produce the London Drinker magazine distributed free of charge to pubs across London. On-line versions of the magazine from 2004 can be accessed in pdf format.
This site covers 25 towns and villages in Scotland and England. It is produced by Alastair McMillan, an enthusiastic CAMRA member and will be of interest to anyone visiting or traveling around the north of the country.

London Pub Crawl Co
With over 7,000 pubs in London alone, finding a pub is pretty easy. But how can you tell if it is a good pub and serves real ale? The aim of the London Pub Crawl Company is to seek out great pubs in London that as a traveller you are unlikely to find.
Excellent site for finding pubs both inside and outside your area. Very useful reviews. If you're not looking for a particular pub try their Pub Guide.
This is a very comprehensive amateur pub-guide edited by a CAMRA member in West Middlesex. It contains an ever-expanding database of many pubs in Greater London, Europe and other parts of the world. It also contains sections on Real Ales and Breweries.

Real Beer Magazines
This international site covers a wide range of Beer topics. Althought it's largely American in content there are many topics that cover UK news. There is also a discussion messageboard 'Beer in the United Kingdom'.
Another Amercan site "In pursuit of flavorful beer". I you're planning to visit the USA and need a comprehensive guide to places serving flavoursome beer, this site is worth a visit.

Pub/Shop Sites

Nick Dolan of Real Ale Ltd opened his shop at 371 Richmond Road, Twickenham, TW1 2EF in May 2005. They sell a wide range of real ales, ciders, perries and beers produced by British micro-breweries. Tel:(020) 8892 3710.
The Ring 0’ Bells is an 18th Century Free house pub in the Somerset village of Ashcott and is an independent and family run pub. The Pub has an excellent range of beers & ciders. The real ales on tap usually include one of the beers from local micro-breweries Moor Beer Company (situated near to Ashcott village) or Glastonbury Ales. A must if you visiting Somerset.
The Capital Pub Company PLC founded by pub entrepreneurs David Bruce and Clive Watson. Their vision was to create a new group of free-of-tie, managed pubs in Greater London which are non-branded and serve their local communities. Their portfolio of pubs include: The Alexandra, Anglesea Arms, Hemingford Arms, Kew Gardens Hotel, The Inn at Kew Gardens, Ladbroke Arms, The Larrik, The Mitre, Smithy's, Square Pig, Teddington Arms, Ye Olde Monken Holt, Balham Arms, Pakenham Arms, White Hart, Crown & Anchor and Burlington Arms. Visit their web site to find out more.
Head of Steam pub at Euston Station. Always useful to get a decent pint before setting out up North.
The Red Lion, 92 Linkfield Road, Isleworth is one of the most impressive pubs in our area and worth visiting at any time. This hidden gem of a pub continues to serve up to eight beers including three or four guests and you can always be sure of a warm welcome. Popular beer festivals are regularly held. Check out the web link for details of music and special events.

Home/Micro Brewing
The Craft Brewing Association was formed in 1995 when one homebrewer, James McCrorie, became frustrated that there was no organisation in the UK dedicated to brewing quality beers at home, even though homebrewing was a craft which had existed for centuries. CBA is a non-commercial, volunteer, self-help group of homebrewers who wish to maintain the craft of brewing and improve their beers. The primary aim of the Craft Brewing Association is to encourage and spread the craft of homebrewing.
This excellent American web site - which use to support the magazine called 'Brewing Techniques' - contains a wide range of information about different beer types and techniques of the brewing process. Well worth a visit. Cheers winemaking and brewing started trading in 1997.
This Farnborough shop stocks a large selection of home brew supplies for winemakers, beermakers and homebrewers. These include wine Kits, beer kits, cider kits, barrels, hops, grains, liqueur kits, books, yeast you name they have it. They don't even miss out the Cider makers as they also have a range of Cider kits from Cwe, Larsen, John Bull. Their mail order business is based in Aldershot.

Other Beerie Subjects

The Brewery History Society
The Society was founded in 1972 to promote research into all aspects of the brewing industry, to encourage the interchange of information about breweries and brewing, and to collect photographic and other archive information about brewery history.

Bed & Breakfasts near Brewerys
If you are visiting a brewery and need to find local Bed & Breakfast accomodation, this site can provide details of Inns and Hotels to start your search. The site is a UK Bed and Breakfast, Cheap Hotel, Guest House Accommodation Directory.

Crookham Travel
The Rail Ale 'Ramble' people since 1977 over 100 trips with over 30,000 people. Over 350 breweries visited. Tours from Vilnius to Vancouver.

Pub History Society
The Society was initiated in February 2001 to help bring together like minded individuals who enjoy some aspect of pub history.

History Of London Porter and Wikipedia - Porter (beer)
These websites explains the origins and attributes of London Porter.

Dead Pub Society - Public houses are closing down in London and elsewhere in the UK. This site has been setup to record these changes to our cultural and social landscape.

Cask Marque Trust
Their aim is to improve the quality of cask ale at the point of dispense by awarding a nationally recognised and respected Marque to the licensee when quality standards have been met.
The National Hop Association of England was formed in 1996 to co-ordinate the activities of, and research for, England's hop growers.
The Great British Beer website is intended as an international promotion for UK Beer, the brewers who make it and the many beer service companies who are involved in beer production, distribution and sale. is a commercial site which aims to allow every UK company with an interest in Beer to be cost effectively represented on the web.

Independent Family Brewers of Britain
All the details about this growing group of small and medium-sized brewers.

Other Campaigns

Real Bread Campaign
Bread is a fundamental part of our diet. However, in 1961 a research centre in Chorleywood, Buckinghamshire, men in white coats were busy messing up British bread. It's never been the same since. The Chorleywood process is now used in bread factories and large bakeries all over the country, using a 'no-time dough', in which a combination of high- speed mixing, chemical additives and enzymes replaces traditional fermentation. This type of industrial bread accounts for about 95% of all bread sold. Real bread is made with simple ingredients - only flour, water, yeast and salt - and no additives.

Our Local Area

Richmond Council.

Main Switchboard - Tel: 020 8891 1411
Trading Standards - Consumer enquiries: 03454 040506
The borough covers an area of 5,095 hectares (14,591 acres) in south west London and is the only London Borough spanning both sides of the Thames, with river frontage of 21½ miles. There are about a dozen towns and villages, although more than a third of its land is open space (including Richmond Park, Bushy Park and Kew Gardens).
The local's guide to the best of Richmond upon Thames. This site provides news and a comprehensive range of information from train times, events to places to visit in the local area.
The Official Online Guide to the The Borough of Richmond. This site provides information about the Borough, what to do, where to stay, special promotions and lots more.
Website devoted to Brentford. Good Pictures of pubs together with author's personal opinions etc.


Transport for London -
Tel: 0343 222 1234
SW Trains - Tel: 0345 6000 650