News

  • 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



    The Bell in Ruislip has reopened following a major refurbishment. It is now called Masala & Coal at the Bell. The website is https://www.masalaandcoal.co/ - please see the Caterer article for more details.

  • 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.

  • Grosvenor designated Grade II listed building Thursday 23 August 2018


    The Hanwell pub has been made a Grade II listed building by Historic England. You can read the Grosvenor notification report and visit the entry on the Pub Heritage Website..

  • Case is Altered in Old Redding reopens Sunday 19 August 2018


    According to this article, the pub has reopened after over a year of closure. UPDATE Casks from the Watling Street Beer are available. The official reopening is on Saturday 1 September with a BBQ and live music. All welcome.

  • New Beefeater opens in Hayes Saturday 18 August 2018

    A new beefeater restaurant has opened at Millington Road in Hayes. At this stage it is not known if it follows the chains tradition of having a seperate bar with real ale.

  • Heathrow Hotel sells real ale Thursday 9 August 2018

    There are may hotels in the Heathrow area, but very few (if any) have been known to sell real ale. However a handpump has been spotted at the Crowne Plaza Heathrow on Stockley Road and was recently selling a beer from Windsor & Eton. It is only available in O'Driscolls which is the small bar which can be found down a corridor past the main bar. The bar has limited opening hours. See the WhatPub entry here.

  • Duke of York in Hanwell reopens Tuesday 7 August 2018



    But sadly they have removed the handpump!

  • FoT Pub for lease from Savills Wednesday 1 August 2018


    The Load of Hay is apparently being marketed by Savills although at the time of writing you won't be able to find it on their website. Give 'em a ring if you want to take on the lease.

  • Arens to take on Six Bells Thursday 19 July 2018

    Closed since 2013, Arens Management has taken on the freehold of the Six Bells in Ruislip. A planning application has been submitted to restore the listed building with a new extension to increase dining capacity. It plans to operate as a restaurant / cocktail bar very much like the Woodman in Eastcote which they also run.

  • Demolition starts at Walnut Tree Wednesday 18 July 2018



    The former Fuller's pub closed at the end of April. It will be replaced by a two and a half storey block containing 9 self-contained flats leaving no real ale establishments in the vicinity.

  • Portobello at the George & Dragon Launched Wednesday 27 June 2018


    Portobello has joined forces with Remarkable Pubs. Beers brewed in the pub will be available across the Remarkable estate which will soon be up to 15 pubs.

  • Ruislip Beer Festival now on Thursday 31 May 2018
  • Branch visit to Denham and Harefield Monday 28 May 2018


    The Branch social ended today at the Old Orchard in Harefield. The view is probably the best from any pub in our area.

  • Chris Bruton RIP Friday 18 May 2018


    Former CAMRA national chairman and West Middlesex Branch Treasurer has passed away.

  • Hop & Vine presented with Hillingdon PotY! Wednesday 16 May 2018


    A fun evening was had by all with Morris Men performing in the pub garden and deputy mayor Cllr David Yarrow presenting the certificate to Em and Rick.

  • Branch visits the Chilterns! Saturday 5 May 2018


    Seven members of the West Middlesex Branch (including photographer James Bell) visited a number of pubs at Naphill, Lacey Green and Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire. Well done to Paw for cycling all the way there and back!

  • Jim Herdman RIP Friday 4 May 2018


    Our former beer orderer, pubs officer, and magazine editor passed away on 5 March. His funeral took place on 4 May.

  • Harrow Pub of the Year presented to Beer Asylum Tuesday 1 May 2018


    The Deputy Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Kairul Kareema Marikar, presented the certificate to Jason Carroll, owner of the Beer Asylum in Pinner. Jason had only the previous week been presented with the Best Small Bar award in the "Best Bar None" Harrow awards. The bar and bottle shop stocks a wide range of beers from London and afar. On the evening of the presentation we had Paradigm Best Bitter. A big thank you to Jason for providing the sandwiches and crisps to soak up the beer!

  • Ealing Beer Festival Trip to Tiny Rebel Saturday 28 April 2018


    The brewery trip for volunteers of our 2017 festival was to Tiny Rebel in South Wales. Following a tour round the brewery, a couple of hours were spent in the pubs of Newport before returning back to Ealing.

  • White House now shut!! Monday 16 April 2018


    The Stockley Park Wetherspoons closed on Sunday 15 April. A Travelodge is planned for the site.

  • Five Points presented with Beer of the Festival Monday 9 April 2018


    Festival Organiser Ben Hart presented the award to Five Points Brewery for their Five Points Pale Ale voted for by visitors at our 28th Ealing Beer Festival last July.

  • Dodo Pub of the Year Thursday 5 April 2018


    The Dodo Micropub in Hanwell was presented with both Branch and Borough Pub of the Year certificates by the Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Simon Woodroofe. Owner Lucy Do was congratulated on winning the awards and supporting not only breweries across London but nationwide. Beers on that evening including Weird Beard, Kew, Five Points, Oakham and Tiny Rebel.

  • Pub News Sunday 25 March 2018

    It is understood the Load of Hay in Uxbridge has closed. It is hoped that it will reopen as a pub.

    Perivale Farm has reverted to the Myllet Arms.

    The carvery remains (with reduced hours). Back are pool and darts, Sky & BT Sports in the "Sports Bar" along with a quiz night on Tuesdays (7-9pm) and occasional live music. The ice cream parlour appears to have melted. There are now two banks of three handpumps on either side of the bar serving IPA, Abbot and a changing beer from Twickenham Fine Ales. To learn more about the history and architecture of the pub, you can download the chapter on the Myllet Arms - part of the The Urban and Suburban Public House in Inter-War England 1918-1939 published by Historic England.