- 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
- 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
More details at https://www.ruislipbeerfestival.camra.org.uk/
- 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.
- Fuller's buys Dark Star
Tuesday 20 February 2018
The London brewery and pub company has bought 100% of the shares in the Sussex Brewery which will continue to operate at Dark Star’s Partridge Green site as a standalone business.
MD James Cuthbertson said: “Since our inception in 1994, we have continuously grown from those early days in The Evening Star Pub in Brighton to the current brewery in Partridge Green. The partnership with Fuller’s, another independent brewery with fantastic heritage and great beer at its very core, will allow us to take the brewery to the next level. The deal means we will continue to do what we do, but gives us huge opportunities to brew more one-off small batch beers hand-in-hand with exploring the export market and expanded bottle and can formats.”
Simon Dodd, Managing Director of The Fuller’s Beer Company, said: “Following on from the success we have had with our acquisition of Cornish Orchards, we have been looking at similar opportunities to invest in and work with young, exciting companies that have a similar ethos and commitment to quality as Fuller’s. Following discussions with James and the team at Dark Star, we could see that we could add real benefit to the Dark Star business and it provides a great new range of delicious cask beers that will enhance the Fuller’s portfolio.
“Both Fuller’s and Dark Star are brewers with quality and taste at their heart. I just can’t wait to see how Dark Star innovates further with the support of Fuller’s and access to our expertise in brewing, retailing and business elements such as finance, purchasing and IT systems.”
- Change of opening hours at the OaP
Tuesday 13 February 2018
The Owl & Pussycat Micropub and brewery has changed opening hours. Weekdays remain the same (4-10) but Friday & Saturdays are now 1-10.30 and the premises are now closed on Sundays.
- Southwark presented with award for Bankside Blonde
Friday 9 February 2018
Festival organiser Ben Hart presented the certificate to head brewer Stuart Brown on his final day with Southwark Brewing. Also pictured is the brewery founder Peter Jackson. The beer can generally found at the Hole in the Wall close to Waterloo Station.
- Five Tuns at Heathrow closes for rebrand
Friday 2 February 2018
The Terminal 5 pub was taken over last year by the Casual Dining Group (CDG) after winning a competitive tender process. The pub is to be renamed the George.
- London Beer Festival at the Red Lion & Pineapple
Friday 2 February 2018
Big thanks to the Red Lion & Pineapple for hosting us last night and providing some food.
- Real Ale returns to Northwood Hills
Monday 29 January 2018
Two months after opening, just spotted the Locker Room at 29-31 Joel Street close to Northwood Hills station was selling two Sharp's Beers when it opened. Any reports that it is still selling cask beer would be helpful!
- Dodo celebrates 1st birthday
Saturday 27 January 2018
Get down to the Dodo!
- Paddington Packet Boat sold
Friday 26 January 2018
It was discovered at our social last night the Paddington Packet Boat has been sold by Fuller's. The pub has a great community feel with regular live music events and ESB at a reasonable £3.90 a pint compared with the Fuller's managed estate.
We also took the opportunity to pop into the Three Steps and noticed they had been selling Rebellion IPA for the past six months.
A warning for those visiting the Runway - Pride is sold at £4.50 a pint, £3 a half!!!.
- Meet The Brewer with Enefeld brewery
Tuesday 23 January 2018
The Moon on the Hill is having a Meet The Brewer with Enefeld brewery on Tuesday 30 January at around 7pm. All welcome.
- Ealing guest beers
Thursday 18 January 2018
A walk over to Ealing on Thursday evening revealed a varied range of guest beers. Sadly no Twickenham at Perivale Farm but the less than glorious London Glory. The Duke of Kent still thinks it is Christmas serving Holly Bush, whilst the Wheatsheaf had Damson Porter. The North Star went north of the border with Inveralmond brewery Thai PA and Pride of the Valley brewed by Itchen Valley Brewery. The Drapers Arms still had the Christmas theme with Thornbridge Wild Holly, whilst The Sir Michael Balcon entertained with Hogs Back HBB, Sambrooks Powerhouse Porter, Caledonian Edinburgh Castle Ale and Wolf Granny Wouldn't Like It. The Grove offered Southwark Potters' Field Porter, Hogs Back TEA and Surrey Nirvana, Twickenham Naked Ladies and Sambrooks Powerhouse Porter. Questors premiered Truman's Tail Feather,
- Weird Beard presented with Ealing Beer Festival Silver Award
Monday 15 January 2018
Weird Beard Follow the Worms was voted Silver at last Summer's Ealing Beer Festival. Festival Organiser Ben Hart hands over the certificate to Natasha from the brewery during a presentation evening held at the King's Arms in Hanwell.