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  • Forester to hold Beer Festival this week Tuesday 22 September 2020

    The West Ealing pub is hosting a beer and gin festival opening 1pm on Thursday 24 September.

  • New Pub for Eastcote? Tuesday 22 September 2020

    A licensing application has been submitted to Hillingdon Council to open a new pub at 173 Field End Road in the shopping parade. If approved the pub will be called "The Three Wishes" and will be open daily from 11-11 (midnight Sat & Sun). The application states "We plan a total refurbishment ... including large screens for sporting games and air conditioning for the summer months. It will be a traditional pub with opening hours to reflect this and where families are welcome." The closing date for comments is Thursday 24 September.

  • Fuller's to open the White Horse at Wembley Park on 2 October Monday 21 September 2020

    Influenced by Wembley Park’s legendary past as a host to some of the world’s greatest music and sporting events, and the area’s strong cultural heritage, the new pub’s name, ‘The White Horse’, aptly derives from the first ever FA Cup Final match to be played in the stadium. The higher than anticipated turnout to the 1923 match meant vast crowds surged onto the pitch. Mounted policemen, including one on a light-coloured horse, which became the defining image of the day, had to be brought in to clear the crowds and allow the final to take place. The match is often referred to as the "White Horse Final" and is commemorated by the White Horse Bridge, a footbridge designed by London Eye architects Marks Barfield which leads to Wembley Stadium from the railway station of the same name.

    Situated in the heart of Wembley Park, on Arena Square, and set over two levels, The White Horse is both contemporary and homely in its design. Its elegant interior, with lounge furniture, a central square-shaped bar and an abundance of planting, is set against a colour palette of rich blues, greens and ochres. The new pub will feature ample outdoor space for al fresco drinking and dining, with a quaint external garden at ground level, and an outside terrace that overlooks The SSE Arena, Wembley on the upper floor. The new space caters to all tastes, from the traditional pub-goer to the millennial remote worker, making it an attractive destination for local residents, as well as nearby workers and visitors from further afield.

    The new pub will offer the community a new and practical space for remote working with its open plan layout. The venue’s upper level has two private rooms and one quiet area, complete with charging points, free Wi-Fi and screens. Tables and specific areas can be pre-booked by individuals or organisations. In addition, a plethora of plugs and USB points at every table throughout the pub make it an ideal space for local workers to enjoy a change of scenery.

    The White Horse will offer all-day dining which will include delicious, fresh-cooked food and a range of Chef’s signature dishes from Head Chef, Tars Voznesenskis. The pub will also have a varied and interesting portfolio of beers, wines and spirits as well as range of low and no-alcohol options.

    Fuller’s has undertaken an individual risk assessment and implemented a wide range of health and safety measures to ensure the safety and well-being of customers and team members alike. The Fuller’s team will be pulling out all the stops to ensure that anyone visiting The White Horse can get the best Fuller’s experience, even under the restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. On arrival, guests will need to scan a QR code to and register their details to support the NHS Test & Trace initiative. Contactless hand sanitising stations will be available throughout the venue and seating arrangements will allow for one metre plus social distancing, while separate entrances and exits, with a clearly marked one-way system will allow for smooth access in and around the space. In addition, every member of staff will undertake comprehensive health and safety training before the pub opens, enabling them to do what they do best – look after guests, maintain customer safety and create a memorable experience.

    Sinead Murphy, General Manager at The White Horse, said: “Wembley Park is becoming a landmark destination for culture and community, so it was only natural for us to reflect that with the opening of this brand-new pub, which celebrates Wembley’s legendary past. The White Horse will be a neighbourhood pub for Wembley Park’s residents and the wider Brent community who may be seeking an early breakfast before work, a swift pint on the way home, or change of scene to work remotely from.

    “We look forward to welcoming event day visitors who will once again visit Wembley Park for its world-class culture and entertainment when it is safe to do so, and we are incredibly excited to be open at Wembley Park for the much-anticipated UEFA Euro 2021 next summer. We intend to be the go-to venue for people to eat, drink and revel in the atmosphere.”

    A traditional public house, The White House, will add another dimension to Wembley Park’s day-to-night experiences, which includes a number of family and independent restaurants and bars, including BOXPARK Wembley.

    The White Horse will open its doors at 10am on 2nd October 2020 and will be open throughout the week from Monday to Saturday 10am-11pm and Sunday 10am-10.30pm. From an official press release

  • Southall Con Club closes and is up for auction. Sunday 20 September 2020


    The last remaining real ale outlet in Southall closed after last service on Sunday 20 September.

    The club has been put on the market by the Association of Conservative Clubs. Bids in excess of £1.8m are due by the 24 September. . For more details visit My London News

  • Kings Arms Hanwell reopening Friday 28 August 2020


    Frontier Pubs have announced their Uxbridge Road establishment wiill be reopening from 3 September. Initially the hours will be reduced to Wed/Thur 5-11; Fri & Sat 12-11; Sun 12-10.30pm with the pub closed Monday and Tuesday.

  • Dodo to be found at Pitzhanger Manor Wednesday 26 August 2020


    To celebrate the reopening on the manor and gallery on 10 September, The Dodo Micropub will take up residency for two long weekends at Soane’s Kitchen. The Dodo Micropub, the 2020 West Middlesex CAMRA Pub of the Year will be bringing British, locally sourced and crafted produce and refreshments for local residents and visitors. One sale will include signature craft beers, bespoke Dodo gin and organic wines alongside food from Kieran Lee of Pop Emporium London.

    The pop-up will take place from 10-13 September and 17-20 September, open from 5pm on Thursday and Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. Pop along or book your tickets soon!

    Owner Lucy Do was recently interviewed by the Morning Advertiser and was on Radio 4's You and Yours (item starts 22m in) talking about diversity in the pub sector.

  • CAMRA vouchers remain valid until November. Sunday 23 August 2020


    CAMRA and the old Wetherspoon vouchers which expired in June (or later) can still be used until the end of November. If refused refer the staff member to page 3 of the Summer Wetherspoon news.

  • T J Duffy's reopens as Ryan's Sunday 23 August 2020


    The Northfields bar once run by the legendary Tommy Duffy has become Ryan's following a refurbishment. Patrick Ryan has run the pub for over a decade so it was not much of a surprise the pub was renamed after him. Originally a wine bar, it was known as Captain Wooducks until c.1995.

  • Star & Anchor remains closed for major refurbishment Tuesday 18 August 2020


    The pub next to Ealing Job Centre on the Uxbridge Road is undergoing a major refurbishment with most of the frontage being replaced. A look through the window see much of the bar area stripped bare. It is not known when it will reopen or what kind of pub it will be. The freeholder remains Star Pubs & Bars owned by Heineken.

  • Shakespeare in the Garden returns to Fuller’s this September Monday 17 August 2020


    Produced by theatre company Open Bar, this year’s production sees The Tempest taking centre stage in pub gardens across the Fuller’s estate. This is the ninth year running that Fuller’s pub customers have been able to enjoy alfresco productions from Britain’s greatest playwright, but this year, of course, with a socially distanced twist.

    Taking place at the Plough Northfields on 3 September; the Rose & Crown in Ealing on 10 September and the Duke of Kent on 28 and 29 September. Tickets must be purchased in advance from here.

  • West London Trades Union Club to reopen Saturday 1 August 2020

    We have received a message from the club president John Gallagher.

    "West London Trades Union Club, 33-35, High Street, Acton, W3 6ND, will re-open next Monday, 3rd August, from 7:30pm until 10:30pm. We will be open up to and including Thursday, 6th. We hope to open Mondays to Thursdays at the same times thereafter. Sensible social distancing and hygiene rules will be in force. Ordering is to be done by one person at a time no nearer the bar than the pillar. Patrons should not sit by wall leading to the garden and lavatories because it blocks the passageway and exposes them to risk. CAMRA members are welcome as individuals or in small groups but please ring 020 8992 4557 after 7:10pm to book or after 7:30pm to check if tables are available. For the time being, only one real ale will be available although we can do off-sales if customers provide their own containers and off-sales of wine by the bottle will be available. The only food permissible for consumption will be packaged snacks sold at the bar. There will be an area in the back garden reserved for smokers but we hosting next door’s scaffolding in at present.

    We look forward to seeing you and keep safe."

  • Reduced hours for Southall Con Club Friday 31 July 2020

    The club has announced from Monday the club hours will be:-

    Monday11.30 am - 2.30 pm
    Tuesday7.00 pm - 11.00 pm
    Wednesday7.00 pm - 11.00 pm
    Thursdayclosed
    Friday 11.30 am - 2.30 pm7.00 pm - 11.00 pm
    Saturday7.00 pm - 11.00 pm
    Sunday11.30 am - 3.00 pm, 7.00 pm - 10.30 pm
  • Remaining Fuller's pubs reopen. Wednesday 29 July 2020

    All Fuller's pubs in the Branch area have now reopened, including the Castle in North Acton the freehold of which was sold for in excess of £10m earlier in the year.

  • More Fuller's pubs reopen today Wednesday 15 July 2020

    The Wheatsheaf, Rose & Crown, Drayton Court and the Fox and Goose Hotel all reopen today.

  • Prime Minister visits Crown & Treaty Friday 10 July 2020


    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has shown his continued support for the hospitality industry by visiting his constituency local the recently-refurbished Crown & Treaty in Uxbridge on 10 July.

    The visit came about when the pub’s General Manager, Leigh Phillips, emailed the Prime Minister inviting him along for a pint to celebrate the reopening of hospitality across England.

    Having been keen to support pubs as they begin their journey towards a new normal, Mr Johnson happily accepted the invitation.

    During his visit, he was given a tour of the historic Crown & Treaty, shown the new safety and social distancing measures put in place and learnt how the management and staff have adapted to adhere to Government COVID-19 secure guidance.

    The visit follows the Government announcement earlier this week of a temporary VAT cut on hospitality to 5%, the Job Retention Bonus and the launch of the Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme.

    The Crown & Treaty is a part of the Old Spot Pub Company, in partnership with Ei Managed Investments, which is owned by Stonegate Pub Company. The pub was built in the early Sixteenth Century and used by King Charles for his ill-fated treaty with Cromwell.

    Manager, Leigh Phillips, said: “I was delighted that the Prime Minister accepted my invitation to come and see how well we have adjusted to the ‘new normal’. My team and our guests have all picked up our new processes quickly and it just goes to show how the determination and flexibility of our industry allow us to adapt quickly – even during a global pandemic.”

    Simon Longbottom, CEO of Stonegate Pub Company, said: “We are coming out of what has been an extraordinarily tough and unprecedented time for everyone in our industry. The hard work doesn’t stop here, however, it will take continued resilience and a willingness to adapt to change from all of us in hospitality to navigate the coming weeks and months, but we’re ready.

    “I want to thank the Prime Minister for showing his continued support by visiting the Crown & Treaty today. It has meant a lot to Leigh and his team, as well as the wider Stonegate family.”

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson added: “I know that this has been an extremely difficult few months for pubs and so it was real pleasure to be able to drop into the Crown & Treaty to offer my support following their reopening.

    “There was a great spirit among the staff who have clearly worked incredibly hard to make the pub COVID-secure and ensure customers are safe. Pubs are an important part of our local communities and the Government is determined to do what it can to support them.”

    From a Stonegate Press Release

  • Greene King announces managed pubs to reopen from Monday 6 July Thursday 25 June 2020

    The pub operator and brewery has said it will re-open 1,294 of its managed pubs from Monday 6 July, with the remaining one third following in the second phase, Whilst it is good news the majority of our GK pubs will reopen soon sadly the award Queens Head in Uxbridge will not be one of them. The Fig Tree also in Uxbridge, the Soldier's Return in Ickenham, the Ballot Box in Greenford, the Fairway in Ruislip and the George & Dragon in Yiewsley will all be in the second phase.

  • Hatch End Tennis Club sells real ale Thursday 25 June 2020

    Hatch End tennis club have been in touch to say "Real ale IS available delivered by Rebellion and Dayla - we have a proper 'cellar' with cooling system and aircon, better than many pubs!"

  • Stonegate to reopen some pubs on the 4 July Thursday 25 June 2020

    The Cayman Islands owned pub company has announced the Millers Tap in Uxbridge, the George in Harrow and the Coach & Horses in Ickenham will reopen on Saturday 4 July. It is currently not known when the Metropolitan in Uxbridge and the Belvedere in Acton will reopen.

  • Young's to reopen pubs on the 20th July. Thursday 25 June 2020

    Young's have announced the date of the of the four pubs in the Branch area will be on Monday 20th July. They are the Bridge Hotel, the Grange, the New Inn and the Village Inn all in Ealing borough.

  • Ealing Beer Festival - Cancelled Wednesday 1 April 2020

    It is with regret that we have taken the decision with Ealing Summer Festivals to cancel this year's beer festival. We feel this to be the only responsible course of action due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current governmental advice. We will continue to monitor the situation and look at the feasibility of holding a festival later in the year if this becomes possible.

  • Beerkat opens Saturday 1 February 2020

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    The Beerkat arrived in Ealing Broadway on 30 January. 12 beer taps serving Guinness, three beers from Laines and a selection of craft beers. Large choice of cans also available for consumption on and off the premises. The open pizza kitchen is located to the right of the taps.

  • Ealing Park Tavern closes Monday 6 January 2020



    The Ealing Park Tavern has closed. For more information see Ealing Today.

  • William Jolle gains new premises license Monday 16 December 2019



    Quillrise Ltd have been granted a premises license for part of the William Jolle. The company is run by Terry O’Sullivan who is connected with a number of pubs in the Branch including the Misty Moon in Northwood. The pub will be allowed to serve alcohol from 10-midnight daily with noon opening on Sunday. A condition of the license restricts entry after 10pm.

  • Ealing approves new Beerkat pub Sunday 1 December 2019


    The Laine Pub Company who run the Aeronaut in Acton have been given permission by Ealing Licensing sub-committee to open in the former estate agents at 38-39 The Broadway opposite the Metro Bank (formerly the Town House).. They are allowed to sell alcohol from 10am until midnight (2am Fri & Sat). The planning application includes a cinema in the basement.

  • Friends Tavern applies to extend Carpenters Friday 29 November 2019


    Friends Tavern Ltd ,having bought the freehold of the Carpenters Arms for £1.8million from Greene King, have applied to extend the rear of the pub. The plans show it is likely to reopen as a pub and restaurant.

  • New Inn closes for major refurbishment Monday 18 November 2019



    The Ealing pub has closed by Young's until March for conversion from community to gastropub.

  • Loads of Hay reopens Saturday 16 November 2019



    The Uxbridge pub has reopened after closure with a much needed refurbishment. The winter opening hours are 3-11 Mon-Thu; 3-Midnight Fri; 12-Midnight Sat; 12-11 Sun.

  • The Harrow becomes the George Friday 8 November 2019


    The Harrow (former Yate's) in Harrow has undergone another refurbishment and £250k investment. Sadly the real ale range has not improved.

  • 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.

  • 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".