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Pubs, Beer and Brewery News

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.

Posted News item
17th Dec

The Sussex Arms in Twickenham will be closed for 3 weeks from January 3rd 2016 for a refurbishment/redecoration.

14th Dec

The William Webb Ellis in Twickenham now accept CAMRA beer vouchers on rugby days and give a 20% discount to all CAMRA members off their total food bill on production of their membership card.

Tommy Flynn' at 66 Staines Road Hounslow which is close to the Moon Under Water, has changed its name to The Snug (London Pride and Doom Bar seen on the bar).

Platform3 (ex North Star) at 69 Whitton Road. Hounslow has changed its name to Vivaan Indian Restaurant & Bar.

7th Dec

Former Royal Oak, HamThe former historic Royal Oak pub in Ham Street, Ham TW10 7HN, that closed in 2011 has been purchased this year for use of the local community from proceeds of the sale of the Ham Institute in New Road. The former pub will become The Ham Village Centre.

History of the pub
The building was originally an abattoir for Manor Farm (also known as Hatch's Farm, Secrett's Farm & Secrett's Dairy), this building then became an inn in the 1700s. The farm buildings were demolished in 1958, and were replaced by a block of shops and flats. Ham Village Banner

5th Dec

The Halfway House at 24 Priests Bridge, Barnes SW14, has reopened. Three real ales available, Old Speckled Hen, Doom Bar and London Pride.

9th Nov

Notice on windowThe Old Kings Head at 1 Hampton Cort Rd, Hampton Wick is currently closed for refurbishment. A notice on the window states that a 'New' Old Kings Head is coming soon. The pubs's reopening is anticipated to be on the 16th November 2016.

The Moon on the Square in Feltham are holding another meet the brewer event, this time with local Reunion Ales. This is happening on Monday 14th November at 8pm.

1st Nov

The ex Old Anchor site at 71 Richmond Rd, Twickenham has been converted into a Co-Op store and is to open soon.

21st Oct

The winner of the Branch Pub of the Year was the Mason's Arms for the second year running. Congratulations to Rae Williams and her staff. The Express Tavern and Sussex Arms were joint runners-up.

The pub was also voted Runner-up for the Greater London Regional Pub of the Year 2016.

1st Oct

The George in Isleworth - its days as a thriving gay bar are long-forgotten - has closed its doors for good on Friday 30th September 2016 due to the dying local night-life. The building is currently displaying a sign that the Freehold has been sold.

The Prince Albert (Fullers) in Twickenham will be closed from 24th Oct until 4th Nov for what they say is an "exciting refurbishment".

17th Sept

The Hogarth in Teddington is closed for refurbishment and is to reopen at 6pm on the 23rd Sept.

Prince of Wales in Twickenham has now been refurbished and re-opened.

The Mulberry Tree in Twickenham is now under new management and is reportedly 'going to be heavily involved in the food hospitality trade, though management are very keen to keep real ales on sale'.

1st Sept

The Halfway House at 24 Priests Bridge, SW14 8TA, has now closed.

22nd Aug

The Prince of Wales in Twickenham has been closed for a refurbishment. They antisapate to reopen on Wednesday 24th at 4pm with food back on by Thursday. The ladies toilets have also been refurbished and the gents have been updated.

The 'Thyme in the Park Café' in Hampton Hill (ex Rising Sun is now open for business.

28th July

New signage has appeared on the Rising Sun in Hampton Hill. 'Thyme in the Park Café'. The Rising Sun mouldings on the building are also prominent.

2nd July

It looks like Faucet Inns have pulled the plug on the Refectory at 92 High Street, Hampton Hill. The pub/restaurant has been boarded-up with secure metal sheeting last week. There is a note saying "Closed for a reshuffle & a rethink. Stay Tuned!"

27th June

Repainting the Rising SunThe Rising Sun in Hampton Hill is currently closed. It was put up for sale in August 2015 by Greene King, and its future looked uncertain. It is now being refurbished (June 2016) and is 'rumoured' to reopen as a Café. The pub, first opened its doors in the High Street in the 1860s.

25th June

A second Richmond Brewers Fair is to be held on Saturday 6th August in the Richmond Adult Community College Theatre - Parkshot Richmond, TW9 2RE. (opposite The Sun pub) Times: Noon till 7.30pm. There will be food stalls, music and interviews. The following breweries will be represented: Kew, Twickenham Fine Ales, Park, Decent Brewery, Long Arm Brewing Co, Thames Side Brewery, Fullers and many more. Tickets £5 on the door (£4 to CAMRA members).

2nd June

The Fuller's pub called the Hogarth at 58 Broad Street, Teddington, closed briefly and is now under new management.

31st May
Update 2017

The George at 114 Twickenham Road, Old Isleworth is currently displaying a sign that the Freehold is up for Sale/May Let, by Vokins Chartered Surveyors. Their website gives a guide Price of £950k. The main building is of Georgian construction and is Grade II listed.

2017 - Freehold now sold.

25th May

The Barmy Arms, Twickenham is currently closed for what is described as "a refresh". Reopening date stated on website as the 26th May 2016.

The Lion at Wick Road, Teddington has a new Tenant. Julien Jarroussie who previously had run the pub with a French theme and influence has moved to Bath.

18th May

The Lass o' Richmond Hill has reopened after a refurbishment.

29th April

The Aleksander at 277/279 Richmond Road, Twickenham, has been renamed by its new owners the City Fund Pub Company. It is now called the Alba.

Other news is that the Swan in Hampton Wick was temporally closed and now under new management and will offer modern Thai dining in the pub. The kitchen is currently not operational and it's cash only at the bar until equipment is installed towards the end of May.

The Old Ship in Richmond, reopened 13th April after a major refurbishment.

The Teddington Arms, is now open for breakfast 8am to 11am.

13th April

The Teddington Arms is closed for an overhaul this week from 11th April to 14th April, the pub will re-open with a party on the 15th April.

The Prince of Wales, Twickenham, are holding a St George's Cask Ale Festival, Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th April 2016. Beers available:

Download their Poster and Tasting Notes:
pow-tasting-notes-april2016.pdf (100kb PDF)

Golden Ales:
Castle Rock, Harvest Pale, 3.8%
Thornbridge, Brother Rabbit, 4%

Amber Ales:
Timothy Taylor, Boltmaker, 4%
Woodforde's, Wherry, 3.8%
Portobello, Star, 4.3%

Timothy Taylor's, Golden Best, 3.5%

Titanic, Plum Porter, 4.9%

8th April

The Sussex Arms in Twickenham has had its food hygiene rating restored to 4 out of five. It was given a zero rating after an inspection in May 2015 while the pub was undergoing a kitchen overhaul.

The Windmill at 45 Bell Road, Hounslow, has been renamed Manzil Lounge. Now an Asian Restaurant, Bar/Club & Shisha Lounge. The hanging 'Windmill' pub sign has been retained, although the frontage lettering has been painted over (though it's still readable). No real ale.

6th April

The Richmond Arms, 20 The Square, Richmond, will close its doors on Saturday, April 23rd 2016 after the company TCG which owns it, went into administration in October 2015. The Richmond Arms will close and is not expected to re-open in any form.

The Old Ship in Richmond is currently closed for a major refurbishment, and expected to be reopened ~16th April 2016.

14th Mar

Rosslyn Park Slingbacks (Ladies) annual beer festival to be held on Saturday 2nd April at Rosslyn Park Clubhouse. This is a one day event and a fundraiser for the club. Buses from our area are 33, 337 & 493 which stop outside (Queen's Ride stop), and it's a short walk from Barnes Station.

11th Mar

The Idle Hour, 62 Railway Sidings, Barnes. A Planning Application has been submitted [Ref: 16/0663/FUL] for extension and conversion of existing pub and 3 bedroom flat to create a 2 bedroom house and 2x2 bedroom flats.

The Refectory in Hampton Hill have announced that they now under new management.

23rd Feb

A 2nd Hampton Beer Festival is to be held. at 84-86 Station Rd, Hampton.

They have three sessions available to choose from:
Friday 17th June 6pm-10pm
Saturday 18th June 12noon-4pm
Saturday 18th June 6pm-10pm

See website for tickets and details.

20th Feb

The Windsor Castle in Bath Road, Hounslow, is subject to a new planning proposal by JMS Planning & Development for Windcastle Enterprise Ltd. In the application the existing building would be demolished and be replaced with a four-storey block, containing 21 homes on the upper levels, commercial units including a pub on the ground floor and a rooftop garden. A previous application to demolish the pub and build 36 flats and shops was rejected by the council in 2015, partially due to concerns about the loss of the pub, which was described as a community facility.

To view the planning application, which was submitted on January 27, visit and search for P/2016/0413.

30th Jan

In a Tweet - @IdleHourBarnes - it's been announced that The Idle Hour pub and restaurant at 62 Railway Side, Barnes, to finally close this weekend.

28th Jan

The Adelaide in Park Road, Teddington is closing on February 8th for three weeks for refurbishment. Expected to reopen 27th February.

Duncan Townsend who took over the Red Lion in Isleworth early in December last year has been replaced by Steve Bonnie. Work is currently taking place in the pub cellar and as a consequence the cask beer range has been reduced to four. The full cask beer range is expected to be available early February 2016.

20th Jan

Frances pulling first pint at the EUSCReunion Ales have started to deliver their first batch of beer following a successful first outing at Egham United Services Club on Friday, when Francis pulled the first pints to be sold anywhere, he is delivering today to the following pubs (expect a few days before casks are in service):

White Swan, Twickenham
Sussex Arms, Twickenham
Express, Brentford
Lyric, Soho

There will be both Opening Gambit 3.8% and Frost Fair 4.5% going out.

15th Jan

The Richmond Brewers' Fair at RACC, Parkshot, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2RE, takes place on Saturday 20th February - 11am to 4pm.

The inaugural Richmond Brewers' Fair brings together a variety of local breweries in Richmond Adult Community College for a Saturday afternoon of tastings in a convivial atmosphere. Come along to try the latest offerings from breweries including The Park Brewery,Twickenham Fine Ales, Reunion Ales West London, Decent Brewery, Moncada Brewery, Real Ales, Sambrooks's Brewery and Kew Brewery (more to be announced!), and to meet the brewers themselves to hear more about their fine craft.

There will also be food available from local businesses, as well as music to ensure a relaxing and educational afternoon.

Tickets are just £5 - CAMRA members will receive a £1 discount upon display of membership ID on door sales only.

8th Jan

The Clock House in Teddington has installed an extra hand pump for a guest ale. On today was Hardys & Hansons (Greene King) Rocking Rudolph. Their guest ale is expected to change every three weeks.

2nd Jan

Inside-view-around-barIf you are planning to visit the Mitre at 20 St Mary´s Grove, Richmond in the new year, please note that it will be closed from the 1st Jan for 10 days. This is to allow the toilets to be refurbished. The Pub reopens on the 11th Jan.