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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.

Branch Area Update

The area covered by the Richmond & Hounslow branch has been expanded to now include the entire Hounslow and Richmond-upon-Thames boroughs, effective from October 1st 2017.

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
29th Dec

The Cardinal Wolsey is to become a traditional Irish pub and free house. There are three hand-pumps with Sharp's Doom Bar and Atlantic clips on the bar - that's made from a fine piece of recovered oak. Pub expected to be open end of December or early January 2018 pending licence approval. A copy of the application for a new Premises Licence (Nov 2017) by Sextons at Hampton Court Ltd (whose registered address is The Greyhound, Weston Green, Thames Ditton) has been posted on the window.

Its been reported that the exterior of the Packhorse & Talbot pub on Chiswick High Road was seriously damaged with part of the façade being torn down by the storm during Boxing Day night.

14th Dec

The Cardinal Wolsey on Hampton Court Road, East Molesey, KT8 9BW, after a long time being closed and becoming more derelict there is now Sign in window today stating that the pub will reopen as Sextons At Hampton Court. There are clear signs of activity inside to indicate work in progress.

18th Nov

The Duke of York, a large landmark pub at 672 Hanworth Road at its junction with Powder Mill Lane, Whitton/Hanwoth, TW4 5NP, has closed. Its future is uncertain.

25th Oct

The Red Lion (GBG2018 pub) in Barnes is expected to reopen after a major refurbishment on the 6th November.

12th Oct

The Blues Smokehouse was closed at the beginning of October with a notice indicating a refurbishment. It is also having a rebrand, now under new owners and called the Palm Grill. If it's to still retain a bar is not known.

26th Sept

The Admiral Nelson, a Fuller's pub in Whitton is now under new management.

21st Sept

Fuller's have put the freehold of The Cross Lances at 236 Hanworth Road, Hounslow, on the market. Its short term tenancy expiring end of May 2018. The Agent's details suggest the property would suit redevelopment or change of use. Read more on Davis Coffer Lyons website.

20th Sept

Outside view of the refurbishmentThe Red Lion (GBG2018 pub) in Barnes is currently being refurbished. The pub will be open until 2nd October after which it will close and is expected to reopen early November 2017.

15th Sept

The M Bar and Grill has opened (11th Sept) at Brewery Lane Brewery Wharf, Twickenham, TW1 1AA. It's located opposite Twickenham Railway Station in the new housing development, overlooking the River Crane. They promise a range of beers by bottle and draft, including local brewers, Wimbledon Brewery’s Copper Red Ale and Twickenham Fine Ales Grandstand Bitter.

See their website for more information:


The Mute Swan are holding their annual Championship beers of Britain event - Friday 15th to 24th September. The pub is opposite the gates of Hampton Court Palace. Beers will include: Church End’s ‘Goat’s Milk’, Tiny Rebel’s ‘Cwtch’ and West Berkshire’s ‘Maggs Magnificent Mild’, alongside some classic winners from previous years.

8th Sept

Fuller's new Head Brewer - Georgina Young - will be at the Anglers, Teddington on 20th September from 7pm for a "Meet the Brewster" event. Tickets are just £10 which includes a tasting of around 8 beers and a selection of bar snacks offered around on the evening.

7th Sept

Reunion AlesOn Thursday 28th September at 8pm a Reunion Ales 'Meet the Brewer' event will be taking place at the Plough Inn, 297 Northfield Ave, Ealing, W5 4XB.

6th Sept

The the Kings Arms at Lion Gate, Hampton Court Road, Hampton Court, has closed its doors. A sign on the window and their Facebook page states that the pub is closed for trading until further notice.

Hall & Woodhouse appointed Savills to sell The Kings Arms Hotel, Hampton Court in November 2016. The Grade II listed property is being offered for sale freehold or by way of a new 'free of tie' lease.

The Teddington Arms in High Street, Teddington, is now giving card displaying CAMRA members a 10% discount on real ales (halves or pints).

12th Aug

Its been reported that the bar/restraurant called No 1 Duke Street in Richmond, has stopped selling cask Redemption Pale Ale.

3rd Aug

View of damage to roofA fire has closed the Hampton pub at 31 Tangley Park Rd, Hampton on Sunday, 30th July.

A total of six fire engines and around 35 firefighters were called after a passer-by saw flames coming from the first floor of the property. The fire brigade was called at 2.35pm and the fire was under control by 4.36pm. The cause of the fire is under investigation by fire officers and the police.

26th July

The Albany Arms in 17 Albany Rd, Brentford (TW8 0NF) - has its lease up for sale by Fleurets (LA-620914).

21st July

The Freehold of O'Riordans Tavern at 3 High Street, Brentford is being advertised by agents Vokins, for sale/or may let. Offers in excess of £1.5M.


Also being advertised as 'Lease for Sale' are The Red Lion in Teddington and The Three Kings in Twickenham.

20th July

Tap Tavern LogoWhat was previously known as the Richmond Arms in Princes Street Richmond, reopens from noon as the Richmond Tap Tavern on the 28th July. Pub described as 'Microbrews, Gin Bar + Dining'. There will be 17 keg lines and 3 cask. Cask will come from local breweries - Twickenham, Kew etc.
Follow @tap_tavern on Twitter

15th July
Updated Sept. '17

The Red Lion in Feltham closed a few weeks back and now planning applications are in for replacement signage for the new name 'KTM ROX!'. Rumour continues that it will become an Oriental style drinks/cocktail venue. Bar/restaurant now open!

The Red Lion Inn is statutory listed grade II, as of April 2016, enforcement action is ongoing relating to the unlawful removal of timber sash windows and their replacement with windows of inappropriate character (casement design and UPVC material). The destruction of historic fabric in statutory listed buildings is the highest level of harm.

11th July

The Sussex Arms in Twickenham are holding another beer/cider festival on 28-30th July. There will be live music, hog roast, BBQ, Irish trad session and more than 50 real ales & cider.

8th July

The Chicago Rib Shack (ex Ales & Tails, Hook, Line & Sinker) closed on the 25th June 2017. Notice on the window states "we are having a makeover, due to a nessary refurbishment".

7th July

A new micro-brewery has arrived in Barnes called Jeffersons. They describe themselves as "a small London brewery crafting small batch session ales that explore the wonderful world of hops!" They will be the sole beer providers for the Barnes Fair 2017 - Saturday 8th July (10am to 6pm).

5th July

Outside viewHippo Inns, the joint venture between Rupert Clevely (Geronimo Inns founder) and Enterprise Inns, is set to open its tenth pub on the 6th July (soft launch). The Royal Oak, 13 Richmond Road, Twickenham (previously Stokes & Moncreiff) has undergone a significant refurbishment with an investment of £400,000. Behind the main central bar will be two 500 litre copper beer tanks to dispense Truman's first tank-ready beer, RAW. Served fresh from tank to glass, and is a unpasteurised and unfiltered kölsch-style lager. In addition to RAW, a range of regularly rotating craft beers. cask ales and draught lagers alongside cocktails and wine will be available.
Hippo Inns trade press release.

29th June

The Hand and Flower in Ham, reopened mid June and has had a very tasteful refurbishment both inside and out by the new lady tenant. The bar offeres 4 cask ales; Sharp's Atlantic, Doom Bar, Young's Special and London Pride. The food cuisine is now modern Korean & Japanese. The front forecourt has been covered with green artificial turf. The large garden/patio area (that includes a small bar) has also been greatly improved.

14th May

The Pitcher & Piano, The Tower, 11 Bridge Street in Richmond is currectly closed for refurbishment with changes to the bar and terrace. It is expected to reopen by the end of May.

Scott Plumpton, the licensee tenant of the Beehive at 333 Staines Road, Bedfont, has left the pub and retired from the trade. Fuller's have currently replaced Scott with a temporary manager. The pub has a board up advertising it as a 'Business Opportunity'.

5th May

Stokes & Moncreiff at 13 Richmond Road, Twickenham, is currently closed for refurbishment. It is due to reopen as the Royal Oak again.

The Coach & Horses at 27 Barnes High Street. SW13 9LW, has reopened after an 'extensive' spring refresh.

27th April

The Pigs Ears Craft & Beer Cellar in Richmond, has now offically changed its name to Richmond Vault Beer Cellar & Restaurant

26th April

Festival PosterThe Princes Head, Richmond, a Fullers managed house on the corner of Richmond Green is holding a Beer Festival between 12th and 15th May, principally to coincide with the Richmond May Fair, which takes place on the Green on Saturday May 13th.

21st April

Noble Green Wines in Hampton Hill are holding a Craft Beer Saturday on May 13th - 12.30 to 5pm Five brewerys represented: Mondobrewing, SambrookAle, Oldhandsbeer, KewBrewery, and LDNbeerfactory. Streetfood by 'Up in My Grill'

15th April

A signwriter has been seen at The Mulberry Tree in Twickenham, renaming it 'Le Baron' Bar, Brasserie & Restaurant.

A planning application (17/0096/ADV) has been granted on the 28th March for the Richmond Town Tavern in Richmond.

4th April

Beer on Stillage

The Ship at 10 Thames Bank Mortlake are having an in-house beer festival event over the Easter weekend, from Thursday 13th to Monday 17th. Beer will be from local breweries such as Truman's, Wimbledon and Twickenham Fine Ales together with 'meet the brewer' type sessions.

See The Ship's website for more info.

Stokes and Moncrieff at 13 Richmond Rd, Twickenham. It's been reported that the lease has been bought by Hippo Inns. (ex Geronimo). It will have a short refurbishment and reopen in May as THE ROYAL OAK again. Same Manager.

Read more: First Enterprise 'managed expert' pub opens; further sites in pipeline.

30th March

Work has begun on an exterior refurbishment of The Foresters in Hampton Wick, but are still open as usual.

The Hand and Flower at 24 Upper Ham Road, Ham, is currently closed for renovation and is expected to reopen in MayJune this year.

Six Bells at 148 High Street, Brentford has a new licensee of 5 months ago (Keiran Lee and Marcin Spaczynski) and the pub is undergoing some improvements.

28th March

A For Sale/To Let A3/A4 Premises. Free of Tie Lease, board from Davis Coffer Lyons is now displayed on what was The Refectory at 92 High Street, Hampton Hill.

Description - A predominantly two-storey part-attached mid-terrace property of brick construction with rendered ground floor elevations under a pitched dormer roof with single-storey flat roof extension to the rear.

Tenure - FREE OF TIE LEASEHOLD. A new Full Repairing and Insuring Free of Tie lease for a minimum term of 10 years within the provisions of the Landlord & Tenant Act. Rental offers invited.

11th March

Black Horse at 203 Lampton Road, Hounslow - It has been reported that the exterior of the pub has been repainted. A sign shows that it's under refurbishment and will closed from 18th March to 3rd April 2017, but is actually open now whilst refurbishment is ongoing. No handpumps evident, but the licensee said they would be serving two real ales on once the refurbishment is completed.

18th Feb

The Roebuck on Richmond Hill is to get an external rebranding by Greene King next week.

Proposed developmentRichmond Arms, The Square Richmond TW9 1DZ may not be closed for good as previously thought. A new planning application 17/0096/ADV has been submitted. Existing fascia on North facing and West facing Facades are to be painted with signage 'Richmond Town Tavern' on both sides with existing sign lights replaced with new to light signage after dusk. Existing protruding hanging sign to be replaced with new sign in line with branding and existing menu display to be replaced with a new menu display. Status: In Progress. Neighbour notification started. Decision due: end of March 2017.

25th Jan

The Sussex Arms in Twickenham is to reopen at 5pm on Thursday 26th January after a refurbishment /redecoration. Now with 15 cask ales, 6 ciders, 10 keg lines, small batch spirits and a new food menu.

20th Jan

On a recent visit to The Stable at Kew Bridge, Brentford, confirmed it is not a pub in the traditional sense, but a pizza restaurant with a strong connection with cider. They have a very good range with nine gravity served from the box. Price £5-5.50 a pint. You can enjoy the ciders on offer without any obligation to eat.

It has been reported that the Pig's Ears Beer Cellar at 5 Hill Street, Richmond, will shortly change its name to Richmond Vault, following a change of owner last summer.

15th Jan

Tania Mathias MP meets publican Mick at his pubTwickenham MP Dr Tania Mathias meets Mick Laker the Licensee of the Rifleman to congratulate him on well deserved annual Pub in Bloom award: for flowers & wildflowers.

14th Jan
Update: 24th Mar

What was previously called All Bar One at 9/11 Hill Street, Richmond, has been closed and all signage removed. The building is shrouded in scaffolding at the moment (Jan 2017). It is due to re-open 19th April 2017, as The Ivy Cafe. It will be an all-day British café-brasserie with an all-encompassing menu serving modern British and international Ivy-inspired classics from dawn until dusk, seven days a week. No real ale.

There is to be a 'Tap Takeover' by The Park Brewery (Kingston Upon Thames) and 'Meet the Brewer' event at The Mute Swan, Hampton Court on the 18th Feb 2017 12:30 - 2:30pm.

The William Webb Ellis will be closed from Monday 16th Jan to Friday 27th for refurbishment work.