News 2012


The Red Cow in Yiewsley has closed. Local rumour is that it may become an Indian Restaurant. Also the Nags Head has been closed for sometime with the freehold only £250,000 (30 December)


The Star & Anchor in West Ealing plans to increase the number of real ales available to 3 whilst the New Inn hopes to have 5 available at some point in the new year. (30 December)


The freehold of the Royal Oak in Harrow is for sale. Punch are asking £5,500,000 although Spirit have a guarateed lease until 2034.


Plans to return the Park Royal Hotel back to its former use will result in the extension to the pub being demolished and a 171 room hotel built in its place. The ground floor would retain a bar and restaurant. A very detailed document can be viewed here. (23 October)


The Eastcote refurbishment will result in the former pub becoming Ghungroo Bar & Restaurant. Looks like the staff accommodation is being converted into flats and the bar area will be reduced. (23 October)


Doom Bar is £2 a pint in the Load of Hay (Uxbridge) on Wednesdays after 6pm. The pub is now offering CAMRA members 10% discount on food Mon/Sat 12-3 or 20% off if there is a group of 4 or more. This is the same discount offered to students! (8 October)


The Swallow will be demolished if planners get their way for a new Hillingdon Circus development. They have applied for "Full planning application for the demolition of the existing public house and timber yard, and the erection of a mixed use redevelopment comprising a foodstore (7,829m² GEA); a 6 storey 82 bed hotel; a 720m² GEA restaurant/public house facility; and 107 residential units, together with reconfiguration of the existing station car park, and associated landscaping". Tesco have also put in a planning application for a supermarket, hotel and flats on the site of the Master Brewer. (8 October)


The Duke of Kent is closed for refurbishment. Should reopen between 5 and 15 November. (1 October)


The Grand Junction on the Grand Union canal at Southall has ceased selling real ale despite a sign up advertising IPA and Spitfire! (30 September)


The Brushwood Inn has reinstated real ale and are advertising Doom Bar for £2.70 a pint (25 September)


McCanns in Hanwell has returned to being the Prince of Wales (2 September)


The Jolly Waggoners on the Bath Road has reopened following the sale of the freehold. (22 August)


Tommy Flynns at Wood End (ex Grange) did try putting on real ale but found no takers. If they try again they will let us know. Meanwhile the Hillingdon Arms has become a Tommy Flynns as well. (31 July)


Confirmation that the Red Lion in Harlington has been gutted can be seen in this photograph. (28 July)


Julian Peters, manager of the Fox & Goose at Hanger Lane, has received the "Pride and Passion award" for "absolute dedication to cask ale" at the recent Fuller's Master Cellarman of the Year 2012 competition. (16 July)


The Old Orchard in Harefield has been given LocAle status. Always on is Tring Side Pocket for a Toad plus guests from Binghams, Rebellion, Redemption, Windsor & Eton, Sambrooks and many other breweries. Manager Dan is keen on his real ales and assistant John is obsessive! (12 July)


Cowley: The Coachmans claims to sell real ale alternating weekly with cider. The Grand Union is under new management and wants to focus on food. Caledonian Flying Scotsman is currently available but they may stop if there is not enough call for it. The Malt Shovel is offering Pride and Doom Bar plus a weekly guest.


West Drayton/Yiewsley update: The Brickmakers is under new management following a refurb and has decided to stop selling real ale. The new management at the Six Bells appear to have given up and the Red Cow never really started. The result is victory for the George & Dragon - having installed a GK IPA handpump it now has two real ales. The Railway is now serving Courage Best. (12 July)


Hayes news: The Botwell has increased the number of guest ales to 3 following a surge in real ale sales. The George Orwell now has 4 beers plus a cider with Morland Orginal costing £1.79 and GK IPA Gold £2.25. Guests are £1.99. (12 July)


The freehold for the Red Lion in Greenford - the only traditional pub in the town centre - is for sale and is currently under offer. The freehold on Yate's in Harrow is also for sale although the lease to Stonegate has another 17 years to run. There is a similar situation with the Royal Oak. Also the freehold on the Orange Tree Hotel close to Hillingdon hospital is for sale. (9 July)


The Jolly Waggoners in Cranford has been sold. Thw White Hart also on the Bath Road has now been demolished. (24 June)


The freehold for the Kings Arms in Longford Village is for sale. The pub has ceased serving real ale. Also for sale is the Industry in Yeading and the Speakeasy in Wembley (24 June)


The Red Lion in Harlington is now closed following the auction. The pub appears to be being gutted from the inside. There are rumours that it may become an Indian Restaurant. (14 June)


The Star opposite South Harrow station no longer sells real ale. (30 May)


The Wealdstone Inn has been sold by Punch according to the Harrow Observor. The pub closed around 27 April and has been boarded up internally. (28 May)


Parkview aka The Rat and Parrot or The Three Pigeons is to become a Prezzo restaurant. (10 May)


Flanagans has reverted to being the Crown. Real ale status unknown. (28 April)


The Red Lion in Harlington is being auctioned on 3rd May. The price of the property had recently dropped from £800k to £500k (28 April)


The Magnat has closed with the tenants surrendering the premises license the day before a review was being held by Ealing Council. More details at the Ealing Gazette. (23 April)


The Brushwood Inn has received a favourable review from the Uxbridge Gazette. (23 April)


Another fizz pub has closed and been boarded up in the last couple of weeks - the Industry in Yeading. (21 April)


The Case is altered in Eastcote will be having a beer festival between 4th and 7th May. In addition to 12 cask real ales there will be foreign beers, ciders, live music, comedy and a BBQ. (15 April)


On 2 May there will be a meet the brewer evening at the Sir Michael Balcon in Ealing with Adnams between 5pm and 7pm. There will be free samples of a wide range of Adnams Beers and a discount of 20% off any food purchased that evening for card carrying CAMRA members. (12 April)


The Soldiers Return in Ickenham is now likely to offer two beers following the success of serving Bombardier over Easter. (12 April)


The Black Horse on the Harrow Road close to Sudbury Hill currently has a good range. In addition to Broadside and Youngs Bitter there are four guests being sold for around £2.75 a pint. Shepherd Neame Early Bird, Everards Elixir, Ridley’s Old Bob and Daleside Old Legover all available last night with Mauldons Silver Adder, Moorhouses Black Cat and Red Squirrel Hopfest coming in the next couple of weeks. (12 April)


The Sheepwalk Tavern reopened on the 31st March after several months of closures. Some interior paintwork was being done the day before opening. Chances of real ale nil! (6 April)


The Duke of Kent on Scotch Common has a beer festival already underway until 10th April. They currently have on St Austell Proper Job, Elgood's Spring Challenge, Highgate Irish Whiskey Ale, Newman's Red Stag, Old Mill Blonde Bombshell and Fuller's 1845 plus the beers on handpump. (31 March)


The Soldiers Return in Ickenham has reopened following a £200,000 facelift. Courage Best is still available despite the pumpclip being junked during the refurb! (31 March)


The Grange in Hayes is now Tommy Flynns. Real ale is promised in six weeks. (21 March)


Tesco hoardings have gone up round the Fox and Pheasent. (19 March)


Laurel in Ruislip and the Case in Old Redding no longer sell real ale. (19 March)


The Town House in Ealing has been on the market again. Informal tenders were required by the 1st March. (17 March)


An appeal has been lodged by the owner of the The King George IV in Pinner following Harrow Council's decision to refuse a change of use to offices and flats. (10 March)


The Ealing Gazette is reporting that the Glassy Junction in Southall is to become a vegetarian restaurant. (10 March)


The Red Cow in Yiewsley is under new management. It reopens this week and real ale is promised. (4 March)


The Old Orchard in Harefield has a price reduction of 60p a pint weekdays between 5pm and 7pm. Beer & Burger week is 23-31 March with 18 champion real ales available over the course of the week (6 at one time) (23 February)


The Soldiers Return in Ickenham is about to undergo a £200,000 facelift and become part of the John Barras brand of Spirit pubs. (22 February)


The Man in the Moon at Stanmore has a West Country Ales Festival between 20 Feb & 4 Mar featuring ales from breweries such as Cotleigh, Ramsbury, Wickwar. It officially starts on Monday but Exmoor Gold & Exmoor Beast (weighing in at 6.6%) are already on sale. (19 February)


The Plough in Ruislip is reopening as a Miller & Carter Steakhouse. There is real ale (Adnams Broadside) but is for diners only. Casual drinkers are not welcome. (16 February)


The Redback in Acton has closed. (15 February)


Fuller's increased the price of their beers in their managed pubs by 10p recently. This takes Pride to £3.40 and ESB to £3.60 in most of their pubs. (31 January)


Congratulations to the Forester in West Ealing for gaining Cask Marque status. (29 January)


The Red Lion in Harlington appears to be under new management. It was recently for sale on a freehold or leased basis. (29 January)


Prince Albert close to Hillingdon Hospital has given up on real ale. (3 January)


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