News Archive 2008


Real ale has returned to Flanagans on the Uxbridge Road, Hayes (formally the Crown) in the form of Fullers London Pride. (12 December)


The Leefe Robinson VC is now due to reopen on Wednesday 10th December as a Miller & Carter steakhouse, a brand of M & B There will be a separate bar serving Greene King IPA, London Pride and Old Speckled Hen. (9 December)


The Ram on the Stockley Park side of Dawley Road in Hayes, has now been completely demolished. (27 November)


The Churchfield attached to Acton Central Station is now the Station House and has returned to selling real ale in the form of Deuchars IPA. (21 November)


Plans to demolish the derelict Sam Maguire in Wealdstone and replace it with a care home have been submitted to Harrow Council. (15 November)


T J Duffys in Northfields has reintroduced a rotating beer. Along with regulars Pride and Doom Bar sees guests such as Otter Witch, Hobgoblin and Butcombe Gold. (10 November)


Duffy's has reopened as The Village Inn following a refurbishment. Beers on offer are Pride, Spitfire, Tribute and Brakspears. (30 October)


The lease on the Dolphin in Hanwell is for sale, meanwhile The Railway Arms is now for sale - £485,000 plus VAT is the asking price. "This pub could either be converted or redeveloped into residential or mixed use accommodation". (25 October)


The Red Lion in Harlington are now serving something that claims to be Courage Best. (23 October)


The Difference/Puzzle will reopen next week as So Asia restaurant. (3rd October 2008)


The Town House in Ealing is now closed. (3rd October 2008)


The lease on the Fat Controller in Harrow, Woodman in Ruislip, Black Horse in Eastcote and Emeralds in Greenford are all apparently for sale at the moment. (28 September)


New Wetherspoons pub the Sir Michael Balcon due open on the 6th October will not find out the hours it is allowed to open until .... the 6th October!!! The licensing panel sits at Ealing Town Hall on that day starting at 10am.


Recent adverts for Hobgoblin in the Three Horseshoes in Southall turned out to be for the bottled product. Also in Southall the Lord Allenby has removed its handpump and no longer serves real ale, as has the Hare & Hounds in Greenford.(23 September)


Some old news which doesn't seem to have been reported. The Old Queens Head in Heston was demolished some time ago despite parts of the building dating back 500 years. Well done Greene King. Despite planning permission being granted two years ago, developers had not started building as late as April this year. (14 September)


The Harefield can now offer local beers under the SIBA delivery scheme as well as their usual selection of ales from around the country. (13 September)


Offers are invited for Daly's Freehouse on the High Street in Harrow Weald. (13 September)


The Old Rockingham Arms in Uxbridge is currently boarded up and for sale - the asking price is £475000 + VAT. (13 September)


Planning permission has been requested on the site of the former Reindeer pub in Northwood to build 14 flats.(5 September)


M&B are looking to either sell or lease the King George IV in Pinner. (5 September)


The Horseshoe BarThe Horseshoe Bar, 326 Eastcote Lane - South Harrow, now sells real ale in the form of Courage Best and has been added to the Real Ale Map. We currently have no beer quality reports for this pub.(5 September)


The Difference has been sold by the Puzzle Pub Company for £1,050,000 to private investor Ashook Shrentha, who runs an Indian cuisine franchise operation in London. It is believed the pub is to undergo yet another substantial refit under the new ownership. (23 August)


The Six Bells in Ruislip has reopened following a serious robbery last month. (23 August)


The Red Lion in Hanwell is now closed and boaded up. Plans have been submitted to demolish the pub and replace it with 12 flats. (23 August)


Wetherspoons increased the prices of all their real ales by 10-11p a pint from 13th August. This follows a similar increase in March which has resulted in a price rise of over 11% this year. There is also confusion over the future of real ale Wednesdays.(23 August)


Yet more licensees are selling their lease. Currently available are Flanagans Bar & Grill in Hayes End, The Horse and Barge in Harefield, The Greenwood near Northolt, The Fox and Pheasent at West Drayton and the Eastcote, South Ruislip. Several Captain Morgan freehold pubs were put on the market including the Harrow and Hayes bars. (16 August)


The Duke of York in Acton has put on a guest beer - currently Everards Tiger. (4 August)


The former HA! HA! Bar and Canteen has now reopened. The new owner appears to be Parkbox, who operate the Broadway Boulevard nightclub on the High Street, and have been advertising for staff for their "stylish Night club, Bar and Restaurant." (1st August 2008)


The Railway Arms in West Drayton have closed within the last few weeks. Fullers pub the Oak Tree in Hillingdon closed earlier this year.(31st July)


The Lord Hill in Uxbridge no longer serves real ale. (23 July)


Real Ale has returned to the White Bear in Ruislip after a three year absence! Summer Lightning and Wadworth 6X are currently available. (23 July)


Ealing Pub News. The North Star currently has Westons Scrumpy on handpump. Chandlers has Adams Broadside and Youngs Bitter. This is supposed to be from a rotation of a dozen or so ales. Finally, the Haven Arms has Deuchars IPA instead of Youngs. This is then likely to change monthly. (15 July)


The Waters Edge, formally the Turning Point, in Uxbridge has returned to serving Real Ale in the form of Bombardier. (13 July)


The Hambro Arms in Hayes is a new addition to the pubs on the SIBA Direct Delivery Scheme list, although no real ale was in evidence this week. The pub is also now licensed Monday to Saturday 10:30 until 02:00, Sunday 12:00 until 01:30.(13 July)


The Wagon and Horses has now been demolished as well (25 June)


Ealing Council have received a licensing application for the pub previously known as The Thatch on Lady Margaret Road Southall. New owner The Culinary Corporation Ltd have requested permission to sell alcohol Fri–Sun from 10am till 2am, Mon–Thurs 10am till Midnight. It is not known if it will operate as a pub or the existing club arrangement. Meanwhile Northolt Golf Club want to sell alcohol from 10am till midnight with a 90 minute extension on Friday and Saturday nights. (17 June)


The Lightning on Western Avenue has now been demolished. A sign has gone up stating that the remains will no longer have to pay business rates. (14 June)


The White Horse in Harefield now has its handpumps on the restaurant side and is serving Bombardier, Courage Best and Flowers Original reports Dave Kennedy. The pub has ale sales on Mondays and Wednesdays with beer £1.90 a pint.(10 June)


Wells and Young have launched Wells Bombardier Burning Gold as a seasonal cask ale for the summer season, following the beer being made available to the off-trade last year.(6 June)


Fuller’s has reported profit of £23m, up 4% on the previous year. Revenue was up 2% to £181.1m with beer volumes up 4%, beer company profits up 1% to £8m.(6 June)


Fizz pub Yates's Wine Lodge on Station Road in Harrow can now only use plastic glasses following a license review today. (6 June)


Harrow Council have received a planning application to demolish the former Case is Altered pub on the High Street in Wealdstone and replace it with 24 flats.(3 June)


The Old Bill in Hanwell looks likely to reopen after being closed by police two years ago. Owner Trust Inns have put in an application to Ealing Council to remove some of the current licensing conditions with regard to door staff. (3 June)


The Wagon and Horses on the Southall side of the Hayes By Pass is closed with bulldozers in evidence. No planning permission appears to have been applied for on the site (3 June)


The George & Dragon in Acton has new managers from Brazil! Julio (manager) and Nilton (chef) have worked at Notting Hill's First Floor and the Sugar Club as well as the Stonemason's Arms, Anonimato, Sam's Brasserie and Carvosso's. Thanks to former manager Catherine for taking the London Drinkers and allowing us to use the restaurant area for a branch meeting. Reports of the beer quality under the new management would be appreciated.(1 June)


The Matrix Bar & Restaurant (formerly the Tithe Farm) is now closed. No signs are up reporting what is happening. (1 June)


Cider is now available on handpump at The White Horse in Longford. Wynchwood Hobgoblin can also be purchased in addition to Pride, Best and Bombardier. (24 May)


Recent changes in personnel at Duffys on Pitshanger Lane have seen improvements in the real ale lineup. The staple is still London Pride, Spitfire will be available for some time, and two guest ales are usually available. This week it was St Austell Tribute and Hampshire Pride of Romsey. (24 May)


Fullers pub The Duke of Kent is having a beer festival between Friday 13th June to Monday 16th June for 'a week dedicated to great British ales.' Hopefully we might see an improvement in the beer quality. Please let us know. (24 May)


More of our locals have joined the SIBA Direct Delivery Scheme. The Ealing Park Tavern and interestingly The Vine in Hillingdon are now on the list. (9 May)


Firefighters spent over three hours controlling a blaze at Ealing pub West Five in Popes Lane yesterday. The roof is said to be worst affected. (2 May)


The Black Horse in Eastcote now offers three real ales with a rotating guest which this week was Coach House Cheshire Gold. (2 May)


In an unusual move, the former Lady Margaret pub in Southall is to be converted into a doctors surgery and pharmacy following a decision by Ealing Council on the 17th March. The developers promise a sensitive refurbishment retaining many of the buildings existing features that have aesthetic merit. (29 April)


The fate of the Litten Tree in Greenford may finally be decided on Friday when a decision is due on plans to replace the pub with a 49 bedroom residential care home. The pub has been derelict for some time, with the fire on 24th February leaving the pub open to the elements. (29 April)


The Bell on West End Road (close to Ruislip Gardens tube station) is now selling real ale with Greene King IPA at £2.40 a pint and Charles Wells Bombardier at £2.70 a pint. (21 April)


The Abercorn Arms in Stanmore has been sold by M&B and is now an independent freehouse. The Waters Edge in Ruislip is now a 'Pub and Carvery' - part of M&B. (19 April)


The Turks Head, Harlington Road, has ceased serving real ale following a brief experiment earlier this year. (13 April)


Hillingdon Council has rejected Wetherspoon's plans to covert a run-down arcade in Uxbridge into a brand new pub. Wetherspoons will probably appeal. (10 April)


The Fusilier on the Harrow Road no longer serves real ale. (7 April)


Fordes Freehouse, 108 High Street, Wealdstone has been give permission to change from a private club to a pub, however days before permission was granted the pub was destroyed by a fire. (5 April)


Brent Council have granted planning permission to demolish The Chequers Public House on Ealing Road and replace it with 32 flats and two retail units. The pub was first licensed in 1751. (5 April)


Only two pubs in West Middlesex appear to have joined SIBA's Direct Delivery Scheme. They are the Woodman in Ruislip and the Rocket in Acton. The scheme allows pubs to get direct deliveries from local breweries with SIBA handling the paperwork. Pub companies that subscribe to the scheme include Punch, Enterprise, Admiral and Orchid. (5 April)


The owner of the Captain Morgan chain has been fined for showing Sky TV without a commercial licence. Damien Morgan faces a legal bill of over £20,000. (5 April)


The Starling in Pinner can now reopen! Previous operator Massive went into administration in January. The new operator is Dharu Enterprises Ltd and the DPS is Susan Armstrong. The license will allow the pub to serve alcohol till midnight on Monday to Thursday, and until 1am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. (3 April)


The Letchwood Arms, Headstone Lane and the Sarsen Stone near Harrow and Wealdstone Station have ceased serving real ale. (30 March)


Half of the roof of the former Southall pub the Northcote Arms Hotel was destroyed by fire on 19th March. This is the second fire at this derelict hotel in less than 12 months. What remains of the building is Grade 2 listed. (30 March)


The Jolly Gardeners has been saved again! The Planning Inspectorate rejected an appeal by the developers today. (28 March)


Laurel have now closed the Slug & Lettuce and the Ha! Ha! Bar in Ealing. This follows a failed attempt to sell the pubs (along with another 91 nationwide). The notice on the gates at the Mattock Lane bar blames financial problems at Laurel HQ. The Slug does not even have a notice and the majority of the furniture has gone. Hopefully a reputable pub company will buy the pubs (are you reading this Tim?) and reopen them serving real ale. (28 March)


The Harefield has replaced Hopback GFB with Marstons Burton Bitter as its regular beer. 2 guests are also available. Real Ale Wednesday is now £2 a pint (between 6 and 10pm) (26 March)


The Libertaire on High Street, Acton, will be allowed to serve alcohol until 2am on weekdays and 3am on Fridays and Saturdays following a decision by the sub-licensing committee last night. (20 March)


Wetherspoon will open two new outlets at Terminal Five on Thursday 27 March. The Crown Rivers and the Wetherspoon Express bar are both airside and will operate from 5.30am until the last flight (10.45pm). (7 March)


A serious fire broke out at the closed Litten Tree pub in Greenford on Sunday 24th Feb destroying much of the ground and first floor. A polish squatter is believed to have died during the blaze. (29 Feb)


Grand Union Brewery will close next week. (29 Jan)


According to the Fullers website the White Hart (Northolt) offers "great real ales". If someones comes out of the pub alive, will they please let us know if this is true!!! (13 Jan)


All the pubs in Ickenham now serve real ale with The Old Fox joining the party, but only at weekends. Beer is currently London Pride and Courage Best. (10 Jan)


The Vine in Hillingdon is now serving real ale. Currently on sale is London Pride and Youngs Bitter. The Vine was one of four pubs in our branch bought from Punch/Spirit Group in April 2006 by The Orchid Group. The others are The Railway, Greenford, the Queens Head, Uxbridge and the Mill Hill, Acton. (3 Jan and 20 Jan)

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