News Archive 2009


We end the year with some good news - Bluebeckers in Ruislip (opposite the Harvester at the end of the High Street) reopened following a makeover as the The Duck House. Currently serving London Pride and a weekly guest (so far this has included Bath Gem and Doom Bar) @ 3 a Pint. Drinkers are welcome in the bar area. So a return for real ale on Ruislip High Street and a new pub to add to the database! (31 December)


The Manor in Eastcote has removed the handpumps and no longer sells real ale. (24 December)


Captain Morgans on Watford Road in Harrow has been sold and is now the Puck Fair Bar. (24 December)


The Greyhound at Wembley appears to be on very short hours at the moment. It does not appear to open before 6pm weekdays (if at all?). (24 December)


The freehold of several pubs have been put up for sale recently. The Lord Allenby on the Greenford/Southall border has an asking price of 550,000. Parkview in Ealing is looking for 2.1 million, and the Lord Hill in Uxbridge is going for 275,000 plus VAT. Edwards on Ealing Broadway is displaying a terms agreed sign. (24 December)


Bootsy Brogans close to North Wembley station has become Desi Dons Bar and restaurant. Real Ale now limited to Courage Best, which may not always be available. (24 December)


O'flaherty's in North Harrow has been modernised following a change of ownership and is now called JD's Lounge. Greene King IPA is still available. (3 December).


Terry O'sullivan, owner of the Misty Moon chain, has appealed against Harrow Council's decision to refuse planning permission to demolish the Goodwill To All on Headstone Lane and build 56 flats on the site. The appeal will be heard at Harrow Civic Centre on Thursday 11 February 2010. (30 November)


Plans have been submitted to build a part 5 and part 9 storey mixed use building including 44 residential units on the site of the demolished Wagon & Horses pub at Hayes Gate. (30 November)


Plans have once again been submitted to demolish the Rockingham Arms and build 5 two storey three-bedroom terraced houses. (30 November)


The Six Bells in Ruislip has finally reopened after a year, and real ale is available!!! Pride, IPA and Broadside are currently on offer in this newly refurbished gastropub. (11 November)


SIBA DDS, the scheme allowing pubs to buy direct from local breweies, has been endorsed by the Tattershall Castle Group, owner of Finnegans Wake in Ealing as well as fizz pubs such as the Ostler in Uxbridge. Nigel Wright, TCGs chief operating officer, says: We have been increasing both the number of pubs stocking cask ales and the range available over recent years but by sourcing through DDS, we can help more of our pubs to offer the local beers that their customers now expect to see on the bar." The Crown in Cowley and the Windermere in South Kenton have also been added to the Enterprise Inns pubs that can use the scheme (note that just because a pub has applied to use the scheme does not mean that guest beers will be available). (3 November)


The Culvert will soon reopen as Griddles Bar. As previously reported, the pub will be food led with breakfasts from 7am and lunches & dinners from noon till 9.30pm. The real ale status is currently unknown. A photo taken on the 21st October is here (25 October)


The Hambro Arms in Hayes has been closed and boarded up. The pub is still listed as being for sale. (18 October)


The White Horse in Harefield has a new tenant and real ale is once again available. (12 October)


Edwards, the M&B fizz bar close to Ealing Town Hall, is currently for sale. (30 September)


The Roundhouse Tavern in Hanwell has closed following a break-in, vandalism and attempted arson on Saturday 12 September. The pub, part of Brent Valley Golf Course, is owned by Ealing Council. Damage is estimated at 4000. (19 September)


Hillingdon Council refused planning permission to extend the Blue Anchor (see below). The pub remains closed. (19 September)


The Bluebeckers restaurant formally known as The Hare has reverted to Punch Taverns. (19 September)


Fullers have announced that Indian Pale Ale will be the seasonal beer for September followed by Red Fox in November. (22 August)


The saga of the Blue Anchor in Hayes continues. Following the withdrawal of the planning application to extend the pub in March, a further application was submitted to demolish the establishment and replace it with a car park. This too has been withdrawn and the original developer has put in a new application which includes a "Two storey extension and alterations to elevations, including terraces and roof gardens" to the original building. This again would see a large function room, but the bar space would only be reduced by 1/7th. A decision is due by 9 September. (22 August)


Hillingdon has also seen a planning applciation to build 18 flats on the site of the Ram, and the developer of the site of the former Tally Ho is requesting changes before the 22 flats are built. (22 August)


The former Bentleys pub has now completely demolished. (21 August)


Greene King launched Royal London today - a rich and fruity four per cent ABV ale which will be made available to a host of pubs in the capital. (21 August)


The Green, the Greene King bar in Ealing, has installed handpumps and was serving Old Speckled Hen and IPA today. An Abbot clip was turned round. (19 August)


The handpump in Parkview, the pub almost next door to the Green, has now been removed. The lease on this pub is still for sale! (19 August)


It is hoped that the Letchford Arms in Headstone Lane will reopen this week following a new tenant taking over. Recent licensees have failed to find a market for real ale in the area. (11 August)


The Swan in West Drayton has stopped selling real ale following a brief attempt to sell Courage Best. (11 August)


The Abercorn (Arms) no longer serves real ale. (8 August)


It has been repoted that the Blues Bar in West Drayton is next for the bulldozer. (6 August)


The Culvert will close on Monday. Rumour is that it will reopen as either a restaurant or a food led establishment. (6 August)


A fire has gutted the empty Boxtree pub in Harrow Weald on Sunday. A quarter of the ground floor is said to be affected. The Boxtree Lane premises has been closed for well over a year. (31 July)


Questors Grapevine Bar will be closed for refurbishment for two weeks from Monday 3rd August. (25 July)


The Old Bill in Hanwell has now been demolished. (25 July)


The Sudbury Arms has returned to being called The Swan. (25 July)


The Plough in Northolt is having a beer festival with upto 20 beers available between the 4th and 6th September. (22 July)


The Crown and Sceptre in Uxbridge has reopened after an upmarket refurbish. The previously unused double bank of handpumps has been replaced by only three. Available at the moment is Courage Best and Directors plus Deuchars IPA. (20 July)


A serious fire at the closed Bentleys in West Drayton has resulted in demolition work starting on the pub. It now has no roof! (20 July)


Pan Tadeusz, formally the Three Wishes on the Uxbridge Road in West Ealing is now the Black George. Owned by Misty Moon operator Terry O'Sullivan the pub and nightclub have been sub-leased to Jugoslav Orelj, who owns and runs The Little French Restaurant in Earls Court. Jugoslav and his business partner, Radomir Grkovic, plan to introduce live music to the venue which has a bar on the ground floor and a basement nightclub. There is currently no news on the real ale status of this bar. (20 July)


The Six Bells may reopen soon as a restaurant led pub called "Cafe at the Six Bells" (27 June)


The Waters Edge at Ruislip Lido has now installed Real Ale with Greene King IPA (1.69) and Fullers London Pride (1.89) both being available. (27 June)


The Load of Hay is offering more cider with two tubs recently being seen on the bar from Hemel Hempstead based Millwhites. (22 June)


The Crown in Cowley regularly features a guest ale in addition to Pride and IPA. Recent ales include Woodfordes Wherry, Sharps Doombar, Deuchars IPA, Spitfire and Harveys Sussex Best. (22 June)


The Royal, a Harvester pub close to Boston Manor tube, plans to increase the real ale lineup from the end of July. More details will be available closer to the time. (22 June)


The Cowley Brick in Uxbridge has reopened. No real ale was available when passing last week. The pub is still for sale. (22 June)


The Red Lion was serving London Porter when it was presented with the 2009 West Middlesex Pub of the Year award on 16th June. The recent beer festival was a sellout and a followup will be towards the end of September. (22 June)


The Brentham Beer Festival was a reasonable success with 40% of the beer selling out on the opening night. The Club plans to hold festivals three times a year, with some of the sessions music free following the feedback received. (15 June)


T J Duffys on Northfield Avenue is serving upto 4 real ales, including a house beer called Northfields from Carlsberg-Tetley. A weekly guest ale is also usually available for 1.99 a pint. (15 June)


McGowans, formally the James Joyce, in Kenton now serves real ale in the form of Greene King IPA at 1.49 a pint. (2 June)


The Vine in Hillingdon now serves beers from local breweries such as Twickenham or Rebellion, as well as a rotating national. (1 June)


The Crown in Sipson has has become a restaurant called Zayani. (23 May)


Chandlers at Ealing Broadway has a new manager and has pledged to improve the quality of the beers and will look into changing the range. Being served today was Adnams Bitter and Broadside. The other Faucet pub, the Haven, was serving the same plus Batemans XB (16 May)


A new licensee at the Dolphin in Hanwell has seen the introduction of guest ales with Rebellion beers spotted recently. (16 May)


The Queens Head in Pinner is now offering two guest ales as well as Adnams and Abbott (11 May)


The Lough Inn at Belmont Circus is now Life of Reilly. (8 May)


The Vine in Stanmore has been sold by Punch Taverns and is now Raw Lasan Lounge Bar & Restaurant (8 May)


The Heath Tavern in Hillingdon is currently closed "until further notice" (1 May)


The Kings Arms in Ealing now has a bigger range following refurbishment. Pride, Bombardier and HSB were seen to be available this week. (1 May)


The owner of O'Briens in Brentford is reported to be taking over the lease of the Plough in Norwood Green - expect the range to change and possible beer festivals in the future. (1 May)


The Good Yarn in Uxbridge now has a house beer from Lodden - Yarn of Ale (1 May)


The Bell in Ruislip, the Five Bells in Harmondsworth Village, the Globe in Brentford and the Lord Nelson also in Brentford now have websites. The George and Dragon in Acton is now back online. (19 April)


Old Orleans in Ealing closed in January. (13 April)


Various Fullers offers are still available. Managed houses have a buy 10 pints in the same pub before the 30th June, get one free. Also the Ealing Ale Trail ends in December - visit all six Fullers pubs (Castle, Drayton Court, Plough, Red Lion, Rose & Crown and the Wheatsheaf) and receive a free pint and a mystery gift. (13 April)


Developers of the site of the former White Hart on Greenford Road have put in an application to build 10 flats and four retail outlets on the site. Unsurprisingly there are no plans for a pub or bar. (24 March)


Developers of the Town House have decided to push for two restaurants rather than drinking establishments. The consultation ends on the 3rd April. (24 March)


Fullers have announced that Gales Seafarers is the new all year round beer (24 March)


The Granville close to Ealing Common Station has now been demolished. A new pub is part of plans for the site as well as flats. (28 Feb)


The Hambro Arms and the Crane have been reported as having reopened (20 Feb)


Glasshouse TMA who operate the Greyhound pub in Wembley have gone into pre-pack administration. (9 Feb)


Fuller's has announced a 2.5% increase in beer prices affecting both the on-trade and off-trade, but will absorb cost increases until 1 April. (3 Feb)


The beer festival held by the Brentham Club on Friday was an overwhelming success with all the beers and ciders sold out by 10pm. Another festival is likely. (31 January)


The Blue Anchor is for sale on Printinghouse Lane, Hayes, for 700,000. The Hambro Arms on Dawley Avenue also in Hayes is seeking a new owner for 495,000. The Cowley Brick in Uxbridge is also on the market, this one for 350,000. The site of the Sam Maguire in Wealdstone has an asking price of 2,250,000. If sold, none are likely to remain as pubs. (22 January)


Plans have been submitted to Harrow Council to demolish the Leaping Bar in Harrow Weald and build nine houses. The pub has been closed for nearly a year. Although it has been a fizz pub for sometime, it was one of the handfull of pubs in the branch that sold real ale in the keg era.(22 January)


Alfies, formally The Malthouse, looks set to reopen as The Sahara Lounge subject to approval by Harrow Council. (16 January)


The Hambro Arms and the Crane in Hayes have both been reported as closed at the moment (16 January)


Demolition work has started on the Willow Tree, Yeading. (4 January)


Wetherspoon pubs will be selling Greene King IPA for 99p pint and some meals (such as Cottage Pie) for 2.99 from Monday for a couple of months in a marketing gimmick that replaces the usual "January sale". Greene King are said to be "disappointed" at the news, as will the tenanted pubs currently selling it at prices up to 3. (2 January)

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