Queens Head annouced Branch Pub of the Year
The Uxbridge pub has been named West Middlesex Pub of the Year. Manager Joao Almeida was so pleased he couldn't wait to have a banner produced! Ealing Pub of the Year is the Forester, and Harrow PotY is the Castle. The Club of the Year is unsurprisingly Questors Grapevine Bar. Presentations to follow.
Ealing O'Neills to go upmarket
The former Firkin pub has been renamed the Drapers Arms in recognition of the buildings history. It will become part of the Castle group of pubs in the M&B estate which include the famous White Horse at Parsons Green and the North Star in Ealing. The pub opens on the 24th April.
Dragonfly Brewery opening soon
The historic George & Dragon pub is currently closed for refurbishment as brewing is about to start. Beers already annouced are "2 O'clock ordinary" a 4% best bitter and "Dark Matter" a 4.3% London Stout.
Moons awards make Wetherspoon News!
The presentations made in October have made a full page article in the new edition of the chain's magazine.
Questors wins again!
The Grapevine Bar of Ealing's theatre once again won the Club of the Year award and in addition was presented with a certificate marking the tenth appearance in the Good Beer Guide.
White Horse romps to victory
The pub narrowly beat the Castle in the Harrow Pub of the Year competition run earlier this year. Pictured are branch chairman Graham Harrison, manager Glen and licensee Alan Carroll. The presentation took place on the 23rd September.
Black Bull converts to real ale
The South Ruislip pub reopened following a long period of closure in June and real ale was available shortly afterwards. London Pride and Deuchars IPA are regulars and there is a guest ale currently XPA.
Old Orchard presented with Hillingdon Runner up
An obviously delighted Chloe Turner receiving the award on behalf of the pub in Harefield. The bar now boasts 8 hand pumps, one of which is permanently used for cider.
Fox presented with Pub of the Year 4 years running
The ceremony took place on the 4 September. Pictured with Colin Chalmers and Graham Harrison is Georgia.
100 Lost locals
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London Drinker Stockists
You can now pick up a copy of the excelent London Drinker Magazine at even more outlets in the West Middlesex Branch area. Find out where!
Grosvenor to reopen later this month
The 1904 pub on the Hanwell/West Ealing border was bought by Food and Fuel in November and has undergone a major refurbishment. The company promises 5 hand-pumps on the bar. The company recently opened Maggie's in Ealing.
Hanwell Pub restores real ale
The Duke of York close to the Hanwell clock tower has restored real ale after a number of years absense. A guest ale is being served at £2.80 a pint (£2.60 before 7pm weekdays). The landlord has a reasonable selection of national, regional and monthly guests to chose from which he does in conjunction with his customers.
Greyhound to reopen? The Wembley pub has been closed for a year. The owners, Star Pubs and Bars, website says the pubs has now been let subject to contract.
Prince Albert Closed
The pub has been closed since February. No reason has been given.
Letchford latest target for developers The pub on Headstone Lane, which was closed following a license review last year, will be demolished and replaced with flats if developers have thier way. Visit the Harrow Council planning search page and enter P/3882/13 to comment on the application
West Drayton real ale club closes
The Royal British Legion Club in West Drayton closed it November following financial difficulties.
Rayners up for sale (again) The freehold of the 1937 pub once owned by Truman's brewery is up for sale with an asking price of £1.8 million. The pub is offered with 11 rooms upstairs and has been fully refurbished. It is being marketed for alternative use including restautant or banqueting.
Real ale on the High Street Sweeney's, the sport and music bar on Ruislip High Street has installed a handpump following a recent refurbishment and sells Rebellion IPA for £3.10
Forester receives two awards The popular West Ealing pub received two awards on the 18th September in recognition of the wider range of beer being sold at the pub compared with 2011 and also being a runner up in the Ealing Pub of the year competition.
Last keg Fuller's pub returns to real ale According to Fuller's the White Hart is the oldest in England (originally built in the 1340's) and now serves London Pride on hand pump.
Local Beer wins Local Festival Weird Beard Black Perle won Beer of the Festival at this years Ealing Beer Festival. Receiving the award are brewers Bryan Spooner and Gregg Irwin taken at the Fox on the 4th September.
Wishing Well Acton stops selling real ale
The Irish sports bar close to East Acton station stopped selling real ale following a change in management.
Coachmans Inn becomes Three Steps
The Cowley pub has undergone a makeover with a new tenant taking over focusing on an extensive menu of reasonably priced food. London Pride was available on a recent visit.
Council turns down Mill Hill planning application
The Acton pub has had a reprieve, sadly not due to Ealing councillors wanting to save the pub, but the developers attempting to put too many houses and flats on the site. The 1886 pub closed in March 2013.
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