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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.

Alternatively please send your feedback/comments directly to the CAMRA Branch via email: whatpub@rh.camra.org.uk

AGM and Committee Decisions

At our 2024 AGM the following committee and non-committee members were re-elected.

The Branch AGM Minutes can be seen here.

Chairman*: Bob Gordon
Secretary*: Damian Smeaton
Branch Contact: George Gimber
Treasurer*: Andy Pirson (but not for any future Beer Festivals)
Membership Secretary*: Charles Owens
Meeting Minutes/Note taker: Richard Northmore
Social secretary: Bob Gordon
Branch Contact, Webmaster, WhatPub/Pubzilla Database and GBG Co-ordinator : George Gimber
Public Affairs Officer: John Austin
Brewery Liaison: (see committee page)
Twickenham Beer & Cider Festival Organiser: Bob Gordon
Cider & Perry Representative: Phil Harrison
Pubs Campaign Co-ordinator: Vacant
Branch Clubs officer: Vacant
Branch Young Members' Contact: Robin Moore

*Denotes mandatory positions. Other posts are discretionary as is the number of additional people on the committee.

Pubs, Beer and Brewery News

Posted News item
15th Jun

Bootlegger Bars secures the former basement bar and restaurant 'Richmond Vault Beer Cellar' for its sixth site and renamed it the Bootlegger Vault. The speakeasy-inspired bar opened 7th June 2024. No cask ale expected.

Marston's PLC, the company that owns the Pitcher & Piano bar and restaurant chain has confirmed plans to shut its Richmond site on June 15th as part of Marston's PLC plan to cut its costs and increase annual profits.

3rd Jun

The licensee of Railway Bell 'the dip', Station Road, Hampton, Seamus O'Kane died in April 2024 and the pub subsequently closed. It will probably reopen once a new licensee is established.

The June/July issue of the London Drinker Magazine is now available online: londondrinker.camra.org.uk/LD/2024/LDvol46_3.pdf

26th May

The Queen's Head, 12 Sutton Lane North, Chiswick
The pub closed on the 23rd May in a dramatic turn of events following the sudden ejection of the existing management by the Freeholder, the Licensee and her team has been made to leave the premises under circumstances which remain unclear.

www.queensheadchiswick.co.uk/

Read more on Chiswick's Local website. Boycott of Chiswick Pub Threatened after Management Ousted

10th May

Rightmove are advertising 10-12 Water Lane, Richmond, TW9 for sale. Offers in Excess of £1M with a note that Business unaffected by the sale. The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of the existing tenancy of the Watermans Restaurant and Bar.

7th May

The Morning Advertiser has reported that Heineken are to invest £39m to upgrade and reopen more than 60 closed UK pubs. Some of the sites that Star Pubs & Bars (owned by Heineken) is said to be reopening this year include the Roxy’s Steak & Tap, 11 London Road, Twickenham - a restaurant with bar that closed in 2017. The premises have previously been known as: Palm Grill, Blue's Smokehouse, Twickenham Tavern, Grand Union and the Black Dog its original name till 1975.

14th Apr

BRYAN BETTS R.I.P
Bryan a Branch Member, died very unexpectedly and suddenly of cancer in February at age 61. See his Obituary published in the CAMRA London Drinker Magazine April/May issue.

26th Mar

The April/May issue of the London Drinker Magazine is now available online: londondrinker.camra.org.uk/LD/2024/LDvol46_2.pdf

9th Feb

The Roebuck on Richmond Hill reopened 11th January 2024 after a comprehensive and beautifully implemented four-month renovation. The pub serves three regular beers; Greene King Abbot, House Beer (Roebuck Pale Ale 4% ABV) and Greene King IPA. Three changing beers typically include: Exeter Brewery Darkness, Oakham Citra and Sambrook's Junction (6th Feb 2024).

8th Jan

The Mawson Arms, 10 Chiswick Lane South, London, W4 2QA This ex Fullers pub that has been closed for some time now has a boarding sign from NextGen Real Estate erected stating, "Public House To LET on a new Lease".

See more on the NextGen Real Estate website.