News 2011


An estate agent in Acton has applied to move next door and convert the former Foleys pub. (24 December)


Developers have appealed Hillingdon Council's decision not to demolish the Swan in Harefield. The hearing is likely to be early next year. (24 December)


Police have closed the Letchford Arms. More details at the Harrow Times website. (24 December)


The Ostler (ex-White Horse) is now a Prezzo restaurant. (19 December)


The Glassy Junction in Southall is now boarded up. (18 December)


The Inn on the Green is open and was selling Pride & Doom Bar tonight (12 December)


The Six Bells in West Drayton has reopened following a brief closure. The Railway in the same town has been going through a period of no real ale. (2 December)


The Old Northwood has stopped selling real ale due to lack of demand. (26 November)


The Rising Sun in Cranford may be converted into 4 self contained flats. The planning application is currently being considered by Hounslow Council. The pub according to the application is closed. (20 November)


The Red Lion in Harlington is for sale. The asking price for the freehold is £800,000+VAT. The Old Oak Tree in Southall is also for sale, this one for £625,000. (20 November)


The North Star in Southall has been reported to have closed. Planning permission was granted by Hounslow Council in July to convert the upstairs to flats and to extend the rear. The building is unlikely to reopen as a pub as it "is proving to be economically unviable. It is proposed to alter and enhance the layout of the ground floor to make it more flexible for occupiers, thus encouraging an alternative commercial tenant within use classes A1/A3/A4." (20 November)


Planning permission to demolish the Master Robert was withdrawn earlier this year. The pub is reported to be selling more real ales. (20 November)


The Ascott (previously The Manor) in Eastcote has installed handpumps! Greene King IPA and Abbot were recently available! (15 November)


The venue for the John Young Memorial Award presentation at 8pm on Thursday 24 November has now changed to the John Young Room, upstairs at the Old Sergeant, 104 Garratt Lane, Wandsworth SW18 4DJ. (11 November)


The Swan in Harefield has been saved from the bulldozer for the moment. Hillingdon Council rejected plans for demolition and replacement with flats. The main reason was "the proposal fails to demonstrate that all options for the renovation and repair of the Swan PH have been explored." Congratulations to Hillingdon Council's officers for reaching this decision based on the information CAMRA supplied. (11 November)


The Breakspear Arms on the Ruislip / Harefield no longer sells real ale. (3 November)


M&B are converting the Broadway Bar in Ealing (ex-Edwards) into a new South-East Asian cuisine concept called TUK CHO to open in December. It will offer “authentic street food in a vibrant environment inspired by Asia’s amazing street kitchens”. Plans on the Ealing Council website only seem to include a juice bar so that is another pub gone from Ealing. (30 October)


The Turks Head in Hillingdon is to reopen as The Brushwood Inn on the 14 November. The pub will focus on food but hopes to offer two real ales. (25 October)


The Red Lion in Harlington has reopened following an unexplained period of closure. The Railway Hotel in Greenford reopens today following a refurbishment. (24 October)


The tenants of the Inn on the Green have announced that they will be leaving the pub with the last trading day this Sunday. More details on their facebook page (19 October)


The Ascott is the new name for The Manor when it reopens on November 9 (see below). (19 October)


West Middlesex CAMRA has objected to the change of use of the King George in Pinner to offices. More details on the Observer website. Harrow Council has responded:- I wish to inform you that this application seeks to establish the lawfulness of the use/development therefore, planning merits of the application are not material considerations. There is no statutory requirement to consult local residents on such applications. Your objection/comments about the application are noted, however, these are not relevant considerations of the determinations of this application. The application will be determined on the basis of the submitted evidence and in accordance with the national legislation. (10 October)


The Manor in Eastcote has closed for refurbishment until November 9th. Greene King are asking for suggestions for a new name. More on the Gazette website.


The Eastcote Arms will close and be sold if the tennant does not pay his rent arrears. More on the Gazette website.


The Leefe Robinson VC has given up on real ale. Perhaps it might have helped if they had taken the sparkler off when selling London Pride? (8 October)


The Jolly Waggoners on the Bath Road has installed real ale. They are currently offering 20% discount for CAMRA members. (5 October)


The Prince Albert close to Hillingdon Hospital has reinstate a handpump and is selling Bombardier. (30 September)


Fuller's has soft launched the Might Atom. A 2.8% beer available in 20 of their pubs including the Mawson Arms. Greene King will launch Tolly English Ale in time for the reduction in duty on 2.8% beers on 1st October. GK are reviving the Tolly Cobbold brand which became virtually extinct after Ridleys bought the Tollemache Brewery in 2002. Other breweries are also launching 2.8% beers. It remains to be seen if the reduction in beer duty is passed on to the drinker. (27 September)


The cask ale report published yesterday showed the market share of real ale rising to 15%. More details on the cask ale report website. (27 September)


The Swan and the Fox & Pheasent have closed in West Drayton. It is believed that the latter is to be demolished to become a Tesco express and petrol station. No planning application has yet been made. (24 September)


The Plough in Ruislip is to close in October for a major refurbishment. The current "Beefeater" is believed to have been sold to M&B to become a Miller & Carter Steakhouse. Whitbread had indicated it was selling pubs which did not have an attached Premier Inn. (24 September)


The Railway in Greenford will close between Monday 26 September and Monday 10 October to enable the pub to have a "£300,000 facelift" - the popular carvery is being pulled out to enable the pub to become part of the Spirit Pub Companies' Flaming Grill concept. The other pub in the branch with this brand is the Goldsmith Arms in Acton. (22 September)


Southall pub The Wolf Inn has applied to extend the rear and ground floor of the existing function hall to provide a function room to accommodate upto 250-300 people. More details on the Ealing Council website. (18 September)


Slug & Lettuce pubs will be having a beer festival between 1st and 15th October. Beers available are:- Young’s Dirty Dicks (Golden Ale 4.1%), Wychwood’s Wizards Staff (Blonde, 4.0%), Jenning’s Laughing Gravy (Bitter 4.0%), Ringwood Old Thumper (Strong Ale, 5.6%), Well’s Bombardier (Bitter, 4.1%), Ringwood Boondoggle (Golden Ale, 4.2%), Marston’s Pedigree (Burton Pale Ale, 4.5%), Jenning’s Sneck Lifter (Strong Bitter, 5.1%) Triple FFF’s Alton’s Pride (Amber bitter, 3.8%) plus local beers and two ciders Weston’s Old Rosie (Cider 7.3%), Weston’s Organic Vintage (bag in box, 7.3%). Try 6 ales and collect your passport stamps and receive a FREE festival pint glass... (18 September)


Youngs pubs are having a beer festival between 19th September and the 2nd October. On Wedenesday 21st they will be selling Youngs beers for £1.80 a pint between 18:31 and 20:11! The property company is celebrating 180 years. (18 September)


The Masons Arms, the giant pub on the corner of Edgware Road and Whitchurch Lane is for sale for £1,150,000. (18 September)


The former pub now an indian restaurant at 96 Oxford Road on the way to the A40 from Uxbridge is for sale. They are looking for £800,000. (18 September)


The New Inn 2 is for sale and looking for £495,000. The pub is the former Puck Fair Bar, Captain Morgans, O'Flahertys on Watford Road close to the former John Lyon. (18 September)


The Forester in West Ealing has closed for 'refurbishment'. The branch has contacted Ealing Council to ensure that listed building consent is granted before any changes are made to the interior of the pub. (9 September)


JJ Moons in Ruislip Manor is having a beer festival between 12th and 15th September. 34 beers have been ordered with up to 17 available at one time. The beers will be from Banks & Taylor, Lodden, Oxfordshire Ales, Red Squirrel, Tring, Vale, White Horse, Full list to follow. (1 September)


The Malt Shovel in Cowley is having a beer festival between 9th and 11th September. (1 September)


The Slug & Lettuce in Uxbridge is closed for refurbishment. The Stonegate pub/restaurant will reopen on Thursday 8th September. (1 September)


The Anglers Retreat in West Drayton is for sale - the asking price is £499,000. (22 August)


Congratulations to everyone at the Questors Grapevine Bar on winning Greater London Club of the Year. The presentation will take place later this year. (20 August)


The Hut in Colham Green has been nominated for the Best Cellar 2011 award at the Great British Pub Awards which takes place on the 8 September. The pub has previously won the regional Innserve award for best kept cellar. The pub uses the CaskWidge Cellar System which is being rolled out in other pubs in our branch. (20 August)


The Misty Moon in Northwood now offers 5 real ales. Pride & ESB are regulars, Courage Best a seasonal and two guest beers from the Carlsberg list. Last night they had Camerons Nimmos XXXX and St Austel Trelawny. (11 August)


The Ostler in Uxbridge is closed for refurbishment. The Inn on the Green (formerly the Dolphin in Hanwell) is still closed awaiting a new license. (11 August)


The Swan in West Drayton is for sale. The vendor is looking for £750,000 meanwhile the Jolly Gardeners in Cranford is currently under offer. It is not known if this is for the freehold or lease as both options were available. (7 August)


The new garden at the Drayton Court Hotel is revealed here. Fuller's said that the 27 new bedrooms at the Hotel had been "a great success", with occupancy and room rate already exceeding first year targets. (20 July/1 August).


On Saturday 23rd July from 11.00 am to 4pm Fullers will host an Open Day and Street Party at The Brewery in Chiswick. Events include a FREE brewery tour; Dray horse cart rides; Beer and wine tasting; Live music; Hog Roast and BBQ (19 July)


Greene King has bought the majority of the shares in the Capital Pub Company which has 34 pubs in Greater London. They had recently bought Realpubs which includes the South Acton pub the Duke of Sussex. (19 July)


The Inn on the Green (formally the Dolphin) in Hanwell is closed for 28 days due to a failure by Enterprise Inns to renew the premises license. (19 July)


Greene King have put the freehold of the Red Cow in Yiewsley up for sale. (14 July)


The Thomas Henry K hs returned to selling real ale (since February). Windsor & Eton are a regular supplier. Best to check with the pub if real ale is available first before making a special visit. Pub is last stop on the U4 bus route. (14 July)


The Ballot Box in Greenford now has a manager keen on real ale. Pride is now the regular with a rotating guest. (23 June)


A Tub of cider was spotted behind the bar at the Grove in Ealing last night. (15 June)


The Militia Canteen in Uxbridge has been sold for £185,000 + VAT (5 June)


The Blue Anchor in Hayes is on the market again with offers of over £400,000 requested - somewhat lower than the £700,000 requested in 2009 before the fire. (5 June)


Edwards in Ealing has been renamed the Broadway Bar - still no real ale (3 June)


The Zizzi logo (between and below the first floor window) at the Victory pub in Pinner will have to be removed as Zizzi loses the appeal to the planning inspectorate. The Pinner Association is still dismayed that the other signs will remain and the removal and skipping (since rescued) of the original pub signs. (22 May)


The battle for the Oak Tree pub in Hillingdon has ended as Costcutter opened on Saturday after a two year battle to prevent it. (22 May)


Councillors in Hillingdon have approved the conversion of 91 Joel Strret in Northwood Hills to a mixed A3 (Restaurant/Cafe), A4 (Drinking Establishment) and A5 (Hot Food Takeaway) establishment. (22 May)


The St James at Cowley is currently closed. S&N are looking for a new tenant. It will reopen under the old name of the Grand Union. (19 May)


Happy Hour at the Village Inn, Pitshanger Lane, every Thursday between 6pm and 8pm - all beers £2.65 includes Pride, Tribute and 2 guests (17 May)


At the recent AGM, a member reported the Dolphin in Hanwell has been renamed the Inn on the Green. (13 May)


The Uxbridge Gazette is reporting that the Kings Arms will be demolished if developers get their way. The pub was built in 1925 for Harmans Brewery of Uxbridge, and was known as the Royal Standard up until the late 1990s (7 May)


The following pubs appear to have given up selling real ale:- The Osterley Park Hotel AKA The Pillar to Post on the Bath Road, also the Robert Inn on the same road towards Heston, and the Royal Oak in Harrow. The Starling in Pinner Green has been refurbished and renamed SYNC. There is no handpump on the new bar. (4 May)


The Ostler in Uxbridge has now reinstated real ale! Brains SA was available yesterday! (2 May)


The Rose & Crown in Ealing has recently reopened following another refurbishment and now has a Board on which they display every draught beer, when it was racked, by whom it was racked and when it was put on sale. (29 April)


Mini beer festival at the Harefield from 29th April to 1st May (24 April)


Very Mini beer festival at the Slug & Lettuce in Uxbridge from 27th April to 2nd May (24 April)


Christine Cryne was elected on to CAMRA's National Executive at the AGM last weekend. Christine would like to thank everyone for all their support. In a personal message she says "I will do what I can do to make a difference so thank you for your confidence in me. I will try not to let you down!" (19 April)


The Ivy Leaf Memorial Club in Yiewsley now sells real ale. (17 April)


White Mughals, the former Royal Oak in Wealdstone, appears to be changing it's name to Everest Lounge - an Indian Restaurant with bar. (17 April)


The Wealdstone Inn has been closed until a full review is held on April 18. (9 April)


The Sir Michael Balcon starts a beer festival with brews from the Marston group of companies on Monday 11th. Hobgoblin, Sneck Lifter, Cocker Hoop, Old Empire, Fourtyniner and others will be availble at current festival prices (£1.95) for 10 days. The first 24 CAMRA members will be served with complimentary Haggis & swed/mash if they request it. Please show your valid CAMRA card - no photocopies! (4 April)


JJ Moons Ruislip Manor are having another meet the brewer evening on Monday 4th April at 7pm. Ray Welton from Weltons Brewery will be at the pub giving a talk, with prizes!!! (2 April)


The George & Dragon in Acton has added a fortnightly guest ale which is currently Everards Beacon. This is in addition to Pride, HSB and Seafarers which has replaced the Chiswick. (2 April)


The freehold of the Ostler in Uxbridge Town Centre is for sale - the asking price is £750,000. (21 Mar)


Nash's Bar formally known as West Bar and prior to that the Local faces a license review on March 30 due to former tennant's selling alcohol after hours, fights and issues with CCTV. The owner is in the process of selling the freehold for £430,000. (20 Mar)


The Spanish Arch at Belmont Circle is closed following the police's objection to the Funky Brownz chain taking over the license. (20 Mar)


JD's Lounge in North Harrow has been closed at the request of the Police following an incident on the 5th March. A full licensing review will take place on the 31st March. (20 Mar)


The Railway in Greenford has reinstated real ale - Fuller's London Pride available in the front bar (20 Mar)


The Laurels in Ruislip has reverted back to the Laurels having been The West for a short period. A handpump has been installed serving Greene King IPA (13 Mar)


Flynns Bar & Diner has installed two handpumps in the back bar and is now serving a guest ale, currently Thwaites Wainwright (13 Mar)


The Star and Anchor is now open! Formally Baroque, the pub now boasts an extended eating and drinking area and a beer garden. Deuchars IPA is back plus a house beer from Caledonian. (13 Mar)


The White Bear in Ruislip reopened on the 25th February. Sharps Doom Bar and St Austel Tribute are now available (13 Mar)


The Lamb in Norwood Green has put real ale back on. Bombardier has been available recently. (21 Feb)


The Wishing Well in East Acton has installed a handpump. Real Ale will hopefully be available soon, although trials have seen poor sales (21 Feb)


Enterprise are looking for new tenants at the White Bear in Ruislip, whilst the tenants of the Turks Head and Ruilsip Woodman want to sell their lease. Other leases from various pubcos still available include the Coachmans Inn (Cowley), Flanagans (Hayes), The Bell (Ruislip), Parkview (Ealing), and the Copper Jug (Wembley). The freehold of the ex-Captain Morgans in Greenford, Sudbury and Hayes are also for sale as is the lease on the Eastcote outlet. (13 Feb)


Harrow Police have requested a review of the license of the West Bar, Northolt Road, South Harrow, on the grounds of after hour sales, CCTV failures, noise and failure to attend the local Pub Watch meetings (13 Feb)


Hillingdon Council has again rejected proposals for a store at the derelict Oak Tree pub in Hillingdon (13 Feb)


The Swan in Harefield is to be demolished according to reports in the Harefield Gazette. Flats are to be built in its place. (13 Feb)


Auberge, the bar restaurant near the Slug & Lettuce in Uxbridge, has been taken over by Zizzi. The refit will see the bar area shrunk. (13 Feb)


A new cafe/bar underneath the Travelodge at Uxbridge Bus Station called Reds is planned. (13 Feb)


Irish themed fizz pub the Spanish Arch at Belmont Circle has been bought by Indian themed pubco Funky Brownz. (13 Feb)


No goodwill at the Goodwill to All - the pub was closed last year and will be demolished and replaced by flats (13 Feb)


Planning permission has been granted to convert both the White Horse in Harefield and the Cowley Brick in Uxbridge to residential. (13 Feb)


Plans have been submitted to convert the upstairs of the Euphoriom nightclub in Acton into flats. This was previously the Captain Cook. (13 Feb)


The Man in the Moon, Stanmore has a mini Tring Brewery festival between 7-20 February. There will probably be 2 or 3 beers on at any one time and the beers listed on the tasting notes sheet includes "Death or Glory" at 7.2%ABV! (6 Feb)


Griddles bar and grill on Cowley Mill Road near Uxbridge is now serving Greene King IPA on handpump (31 Jan)


The Old Orchard is holding a beer and bangers festival until 6 Feb - more details here. (31 Jan)


The White Bear in Ruislip is closed for refurbishment (21 Jan)


The Lord Allenby is now Allenby Heating & Plumbing Supplies (21 Jan)


Baroque in West Ealing is closed for refurbishment and a name change (15 Jan)


Chandlers in Ealing Broadway is to become a restaurant. Refurbishment is currently taking place (15 Jan)


The Case is Altered in Old Redding is in the process or being renamed Vue Point Bar & Lounge (15 Jan)


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