- End of the Runway
Friday 1 November 2019
The Cowley pub closed during August. Best known to the Branch for charging £6 for two halves of Pride, the pub is once again available for lease from Star Pubs & Bars (Heineken).
- Crown & Treaty reopening
Wednesday 23 October 2019
The Grade II* listed pub in Uxbridge reopens at 8am on Friday. Charles I held negotiations (the Treaty of Uxbridge) here in 1645. The pub will offer four real ales.
- Fig Tree closed for refurbishment
Monday 21 October 2019
The Uxbridge pub is due to reopen on the 5th November.
- The Harrow to become the George
Monday 21 October 2019
The Harrow (former Yate's) in Harrow is currently undergoing another refurbishment and £250k investment. It is due to reopen on 4th November! It is likely to lose its sports bar image and go upmarket!
- Kings Arms Hanwell update
Friday 18 October 2019
The pub is now selling two bag-in-a-box ciders and offers CAMRA members a 10% discount.
- Owl & The Pussycat presented with Cider Pub of the Year
Thursday 17 October 2019
Branch cider officer Stephen Gilmour presented Paul Nock with the Cider Pub of the Year certificate at the conclusion of a cider tour of Hanwell and West Ealing.
- Fuller's to open a pub close to Wembley Stadium.
Sunday 15 September 2019
Property company Fuller's Smith & Turner have put in a licensing application to Brent Council for "The Headliner" in one of the new developments on Wembley Park Boulevard. They have requested to open from 8am to 0.30am daily with alcohol sold between 10am and midnight.. The premises will have an outside seating area and a mezzanine level with areas screened off for "private dining".
- New Pub for Ealing?
Wednesday 11 September 2019
The Laine Pub Company have put in both planning and licensing applications for the former estate agents at 38-39 The Broadway opposite the Metro Bank (formerly the Town House).. They have applied to open from 10am daily with variable closing times depending on the day of the week. The planning application includes a cinema in the basement.
- Carpenters bought by Friends Tavern Ltd
Monday 9 September 2019
Friends Tavern Ltd has confirmed it has completed the freehold acquisition of the Carpenters Arms pub for £1.8million. The site was purchased as a potential development opportunity from Greene King.
- Special cake commissioned to celebrate 30th Festival
Saturday 13 July 2019
- Bear on the Barge reopens
Thursday 13 June 2019
The pub in South Harefield reopened last month after several months of closure. It is understood to be selling one real ale.
- The Royal to cease selling real ale
Wednesday 29 May 2019
The Harvester on Boston Manor Road is to stop selling real ale from 7 June despite customer objections.
- New brewery in Perivale
Sunday 21 April 2019
A brewery has opened at Horsenden Farm. The first open day was yesterday. Visit the website https://www.perivale.beer - as it says "There are hardly any pubs in Perivale, and most residential properties have restrictive covenants in the title deeds stating that alcohol can’t be sold. Our mission is to bring amazing beer back to the area. Because of our unique relationship with Ealing Council and the Friends of Horsenden Hill, we hope to make our brewery an iconic new beer destination in London, not out East with everyone else, but West, where we’re needed."
- The Seven Ball to reopen in June
Saturday 20 April 2019
Star Pubs & Bars (Heineken) are investing £500,000 in the Grade II listed pub. It will be run by Sunny Samani and his sons Reece and Dilan. The pub will retain the original features such as beams, panelling and open fires. A heated outdoor area and a new kitchen will be added. .The pub will offer a range of Indian street food as well as wraps and paninis. There is to be a full cellar refurbishment and it hopes to stock real ales from local breweries.
- 'A Pint of Hops' opens in Acton on Good Friday
Sunday 14 April 2019
A new specialist craft beer shop comes to 73 Churchfield Road in Acton this Friday. Looks like it will be similar to the Beer Asylum in Pinner with beers sold to take home or drink in. This Friday sees a tap takeover by Lervig beer.
- Bell reopens Sunday 14 April 2019
- Ruislip Beer Festival dates announced
Thursday 11 April 2019
The festival runs from Thursday 30 May to Saturday 2 June.
See https://ruislipbeerfestival.camra.org.uk/ for more details closer to the time.
- Young's to convert New Inn to a managed house
Tuesday 9 April 2019
The Ealing pub run by Pascal Comiskey & Sam Malham (MC Bars) for the past 15 years closed on Sunday 7 April. Young's Pubs purchased the freehold several years ago from Enterprise Inns and have now exercised the right to take over the day to day running of the pub from MC Bars. Expect Youngs Bitter & Special when the pub reopens!
- Farewell Alex
Monday 1 April 2019
Today we bade farewell to our former Branch chairman and festival organiser. Alex Kovacevic passed away on24 March. A Branch member from formation in 1974, Alex was heavily involved in our activities over 45 years. He will be much missed by everyone who knew him. Tributes to Alex can be made at https://alexander-kovacevic.muchloved.com/
- Fox sold
Sunday 17 March 2019
The Fox in Hanwell has been sold. Sarah, Maggie & Colin's last day will be the 28 March. There will be a leaving do on the 27 March for those who want to say goodbye.
- Young's buys Village Inn on Pitshanger Lane
Wednesday 23 January 2019
London based pub company Young's has purchased the Redcomb chain of pubs which include the Village Inn. Young’s chief executive Patrick Dardis said: “The acquisition of these pubs represents an excellent opportunity to continue the growth of the Young’s managed estate. They fit very well with our expansion strategy which is focussed on high quality managed houses. These pubs are all in prime locations, where our premium offer will work extremely well.”
- Hop & Vine / Dodo January closure
Wednesday 2 January 2019
Both micropubs are taking a break. The Dodo reopens on 17 January whilst the Hop & Vine will not reopen until February.
- Miller's Tap arrives in Uxbridge
Saturday 17 November 2018
The former Slug & Lettuce has reopened following a refurbishment as Miller's Tap. Four real ales are currently available. London Pride, Tribute, Doom Bar and Trelawny. The pub is open everyday from 10am to 11pm (2am Fri & Sat) and offers CAMRA members a 10% discount off real ales.
- Hugh leaves the Grosvenor
Friday 16 November 2018
The manager of the Grosvenor, Hugh Rowberry, said an emotional farewell to the regulars and bar staff of the Hanwell pub on Friday night. Hugh has run the pub since it reopened in April 2014. He is going to spend some time off before looking for a country pub to run next year.
- Angel up for auction
Thursday 15 November 2018
The former Fuller's pub at Haye End has been put up for auction less than two months after being purchased by Eastway Estates . The details are here.
- No.17 arrives in Ealing
Saturday 10 November 2018
The new bar and restaurant opened on 10 November as part of the Dickens Yard development, Despite the promise of real ale and "craft beers" none could be found on opening day!
- Morris at 80!
Wednesday 7 November 2018
A regular attendee at Branch events and helper on the products stand at Ealing and Twickenham Beer Festivals, Morris Daniels celebrated his 80th birthday today with members of the Branch at the Greenwood Hotel.
- Questors Grapevine wins again!
Thursday 1 November 2018
The certificate was presented to club chair Jon Webster on 1 November during the 'beer event'!
- Branch Members lobby MPs
Tuesday 30 October 2018
On 30 October members of West Middlesex CAMRA headed for Parliament to lobby their MPs on beer tax, business rates and the Pub Code.
- Marko Paulo to open new brewery
Saturday 27 October 2018
The brewery currently based at the Owl & The Pussycat in Northfield Avenue is to setup a second brewery run by Ealing Brewing Ltd to produce additional beers for the micropub but also for the free trade including bottles for off licenses and restaurants. It is hoped the brewery will have a taproom as well as a shop. More details when the brewery comes to fruition.
- Branch presents cheque to Ealing Mayor
Friday 26 October 2018
Ealing Beer Festival organiser Ben Hart presented a cheque in excess of £1400 to Ealing Mayor Councillor Tejinder Dhami at the Grove in Ealing yesterday evening. Both Age Link and Heart Link will benefit. The money was raised by visitors to the Ealing Beer Festival donating unspent tokens as well as cash during the four day event in July.
- Coach & Horses now offers 10% off real ales
Thursday 25 October 2018
The Ickenham pub run by Stonegate has an active CAMRA members discount. This takes the standard ale price down from £3.15 to £2.84.
- New landlord for Queens Head in Uxbridge
Sunday 21 October 2018
Meet Lucian Hornea, new general manager of the Windsor Street pub. From Tuesday, he hopes to have all the handpumps in use with different beers. Initially these will be national brands from St Austell, Timothy Taylor, Brains and Black Sheep as well as pub owner Greene King. The next order will include local beers via SIBA. He also plans on having a firkin on the bar on gravity, a cider from Westons and regular meet the brewer events..
- Greene King discounts
Wednesday 10 October 2018
A number of Greene King pubs are now offering 10% off real ales for CAMRA members. According to their websites these include the Ascot, the Ballot Box, the Myllet Arms, and the Pinner Arms.
- Cider Crawl
Wednesday 3 October 2018
The cider crawl from the Dodo to the Plough via the Grosvenor and the Owl & The Pussycat was very successful. The next one takes place in Ruislip on Wednesday 24 October.
- Railway Greenford reopens following refurbishment
Thursday 27 September 2018
The pub close to Greenford Station has had a makeover. Gone (thankfully) is the orange external paintwork replaced with a more bland grey. The signage now has the usual green border associated with Greene King ownership. 4 handpumps have been installed replacing the existing two mostly occupied by Greene King beers although Wadworth Swordfish is a coming soon. They are still honouring the CAMRA discount although you have to tell them to find the discounts page and select the CAMRA 10% button! The walls have the usual photographs of old Greenford, maps and local heroes such as the one on Blanche Bingley featured above.
- Angel to close on Wednesday
Saturday 22 September 2018
The Hayes End pub will close on Wednesday following Fuller's selling the freehold. The Branch will be visiting the pub at 8pm on Monday to say farewell.
- Local MP supports Cask Ale Week
Friday 21 September 2018
Central Ealing & Acton MP Rupa Huq came to the Forester during their Autumn Beer Festival to learn more about pouring pints. Dr Huq has spoken out in the Commons on the problems facing pubs. She had a chat with Chris (pictured, manager of the New Inn) as well as Dean from the Forester.
- Red Lion Ealing has new tenant
Friday 21 September 2018
The Fuller's owned pub will soon be under new management. Edin Basic, co-founder of restaurant group Firezza, has taken on the lease. For more details read the story at the .
- Prince of Wales reinstates real ale (again)
Sunday 16 September 2018
The Hanwell pub briefly tried real ale earlier this year but soon stopped. Now under the management of the Daly family, who introduced real ale to the Crock of Gold in Ruislip, the handpumps are back in use. London Pride is currently available and an additional guest ale will on sale from later this week.
- Triple for the Owl & The Pussycat
Friday 14 September 2018
Mark Yarnell & Paul Nock were presented with two awards on the same day as the 46th Good Beer Guide was published confirming their entry in the pub category. As well as being a very close runner up in the Ealing Pub of the Year category, the Branch also awarded them the special award for promotion of real ale. Marko Paulo brewery in the back of the pub are constantly brewing different beer styles - which fulfils one of CAMRA's keg campaigns.
- Double celebration for Dodo
Thursday 13 September 2018
The launch of the Good Beer Guide accidentally coincided with the launch of the collaboration beer Lucy from the Dodo Micropub had brewed with Weird Beard. Both firkins sold out within four hours. Luckily there are another 8 to be delivered to the pub.
- Branch visit Eastcote
Wednesday 5 September 2018
The Branch paid a visit to Eastcote on Wednesday evening. The beer selection for the Ascot and the Black Horse was from the regional brewers. The Case is Altered had a pale ale from Pig & Porter, the American Pale Ale from Sambrook's, Rebellion IPA and Timothy Taylor Landlord. Pleased to meet up with Alex Kovacevic, probably our longest standing active member, and Mark from the Owl & The Pussycat.