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Update 3 March

We are excited to announce that tickets

to The Great British Beer Festival are

now on sale!

Branch Awards

We received more replies to our requests for Award nomination than in previous years; thanks to all who helped decide the winners. These are: Pub of the Year -The North Star 24 Browning Rd, E11. Presentation on Thu 20 June on the first night of their Beer Festival meet 8pm Presentation at 9pm. Community Pub of the Year -The Northcote.110 Grove Green Rd, E11 4EL. Thu 4 April meet 7pm presentation at 7.45. Cider Pub of the Year -Williams Ale & Cider House, 22-24 Artillery Lane, E1 7LS. Presentation on Tue 16 April time to be confirmed. Club of the Year -Leyton Orient Supporters Club, Oliver Road, E10 5NF. Details of presentation of the Award, will be included in future newsletters, when arranged. April  Thu 4 April 7pm The Northcote Arms 110 Grove Green Rd, E11 4EL Community Pub of the Year Presentation We will be presenting the Cider Pub Of The Year certificate to the manager at 7.45 Tue 16 Williams Ale & Cider House 22-24 Artillery Ln, London E1 7LS Cider Pub of the Year Presentation. We will be presenting the Cider Pub Of The Year certificate to the manager Time to be confirmed. Please note the date of this crawl has changed due to the presentation on the 16th Wed 24 A Social crawl 7.30 Hamilton Hall, Liverpool St, EC2M 7PY 8.15 The Magpie, 12 New St, EC2M 4TP 8.45 The Williams Ale & Cider House, 22-24 Artillery Lane, E1 7LS 9.30 The Pride of Spitalfields, 3 Heneage St, E1 5LJ 10.00 Commercial Tavern, 142-144 Commercial St, E1 6NU Advance notice of this year’s Roberts Ramble Sat 29 June Ramble and Pub Crawl (Out of Area), Kew, Richmond and Teddington 11.30 to 12.00 Meet at the Tap on the Line pub, Kew Gardens Station - eastbound side Walk through Kew Green and then by the river 1.15 White Swan, 26 Old Palace Lane, Richmond TW9 1PG Walk up Richmond Hill for magnificent views 2.00 Roebuck, 130 Richmond Hill, Richmond TW10 6RN Walk through Petersham Meadows, past German School, Ham Polo Club and Ham House to Teddington Lock 3.45 Tide End Cottage, 8 Ferry Rd, Teddington TW11 9NN walk by the river with excellent views of Richmond 5.30 Watermans Arms, 10 Water Lane, Richmond TW9 1TJ  
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Update 24 May BRANCH UPDATES: E7 Holly Tree. The pub is closed and is a building site. There is no indication that it is being demolished -and no planning permission has been granted for this. Remarkble pub group bought the pub last year and, according to their website hhave plans to refurbish the pub this year. THis would include reinstating the kitchen and landscaping the grounds. This appears to be what is happening. They plan to do similar to the Boleyn E6 at some point. Something that appears to have been missed is the Clachan/Serjeants Inn EC4 is now the Apex Hotel. E15: Essex Arms, 82 Leytonstone Road, E15 1SQ. All pub and brewery signage has now been removed. Solvay Society Brewery have opened a Brewery Tap in Arch 223 Off Grove Green Rd E11 close to The Heathcote and Star. Opening hours Thur 4 - 11pm  Fri& Sat 12 - 11pm. The Mechanic Brewery Tap 22a Cudworth Street E15QU.  Bethnal Green is the closest underground station. Opening Hours Fri 4 - 11pm Sat 12 - 11pm Su 2 - 7pm. Work has started at The Lord Rookwood E11. Whatpub Updates: E3 2JG Lighthouse now offer real Ale and Bitters. E11 2RJ Luppolo handpumps replaced by fonts. EC1V 4PA Blacksmith & The Toffee Maker will re-open at the end of June as: The Dame Alice Owen. EC1M 6HA Draft House Farringdon 50p off a pint for CAMRA members. E14 8EZ Westferry Arms It looked open as I passed by on a bus today (20-5-2019), though there was an estate agent’s board outside. Update 30 April EC4N 1SP Golden Fleece has only Greene King beers. EC4M 7RA Fleet Place was Renamed The Conductor. E1 6AG Gun: on 14th Jan range was just Doom Bar and an unspecified house beer. E1 6PJ Goose Island Brewpub: Real ale has been introduced, from the likes of Beatnik Republic, Burning Sky, Fuller's or Thornbridge. These two bars have opened: EC1V 9NR Serata Hall, 207 Old St.  5 Keg Beers. E11 4AF Solvay Society Taproom. Arch 223, off Madeira Road. Opens 4pm Thurs/Fri, 12 Noon Sat, all days  till 11pm. Whatpub updates: E8 4AH Junction House, Now Tataki House, just a Japanese restaurant, no longer a bar. E8 2PB, Dalston Superstore, No real ale but some keg beers from the likes of Charles Wells (Young's London Stout) and Marston's. E8 2PB, Alibi, Converted shop, closed when I went past on 10th January, unit to let. Update 4 April Signature Brewery have opened the Collaboration on Hoe Street E17. Keg only, more foody but can drink only if you want. In the newish buildings at the top of the market, by the bus stops, think it used to be a Asian restaurant. Whatpub Updates: E1 8EU Oliver Conquest. This pub reopened today (1st April) as a Bermondsey Pub Company (ei Group managed house) venue. Cask beer should be available. Food is from the Pieminster range. Update 30 March

The Mechanic Brewing Co. opened recently in

E1 thanks to Keen for this news


Demolition of an existing two storey public house and adjacent garage court and the erection of two new buildings comprising of a four storey block and a three storey block of self contained apartments to provide a total of 25 residential units. E1W 3QS Victualler, Planning permission was granted in February for a change of use. It is going to become a gym. EC4R 0AN Bell, Management changes last week. Now  a Bermondsey Pub Company (EI Group managed house). There wasn't 5 beers on offer and they didn't indicate there was going to be.  E1 8JP Sir Sydney Smith,  50p off pints of Real Ale to card-carrying Camra members, rather than 30p as I previously advised 50p off pints of Real Ale to card-carrying Camra members, rather than 30p as previously advised.  Update 21 March E8 1DU What appears on Whatpub as St John at Hackney Brewpub is now the Hackney Church Brew Co according to Time Out. With the change of name maybe it is no longer a club but probably no real ale still? E4 7EA Kings Head. Recently refurbished now offers 10% discount for CAMRA members. Update 17 March E8 2EB Shacklewell Arms, No real ales on 16/3/19 night. E7 0LW Forest Gate Hotel, No real ale on sale and doubts expressed that it would return. Update 14 March E11 Walnut Tree. Plans to convert the upper levels of the pub to a 51-bedroom hotel have been granted. The upper floors had been surrendered to the landlord but the pub remains unaffected. E1 The Water Poet as we know it is closing its doors for the final time on Friday 29th March 2019 due to redevelopment in the area. E1 East London Pub Co has reopened The Gun in Spitalfields almost four years after the venue closed because of redevelopment work. Update 12 March EC1M After refurbishment this has re-opened as BeerHawk Charterhouse. It is a bar and bottle shop. Seems to have 12 keg lines and 2 cask and a range of bottles. Formerly the Charterhouse Bar at 38 Charterhouse Street. The first Pillars Brewery outpost is on its way! The Untraditional Pub will be stationed in the innovative Crate St James Street  development.

Update 5 March

E18 2PA what was the White Hart has been renamed from LDK to the Gallery. Still a restaurant. Was also named Flunky Mojo's and Woodford.

Update  4 March

Star of the East, 805a Commercial Road E14.

From Steve Hall: This opened today and is a

stylish refurbishment. It does 4 real ales -

London Pride and 3 guests. I had a Brit Hop

Marblehead - gave a score of 4.5

The other 2 guest were ELB Cowcatcher and

something from Rebellion - not obvious as no

pumpclip It does food and has a small function

room upstairs. They were doing guided tours


5 minute walk from West Ferry on the junction


Update  3 March

Branch updates: EC1V Bavarian Beerhouse + EC3N Bavarian Beerhouse - operating company has gone out of business citing rent rises/brexit. The Bavarian Beerhouse see above, in EC3 is about to open as a Biershenke we think. 45 Old Broad Street (EC2) (c/o Wormwood Street) formerly Babble City is now a Be At All. Whatpub updates:E1W 2PN Town Of Ramsgate, being taken over in February by the operators of the Mayflower SE16. E4 The Mount is closed. E1W 2RW White Swan & Cuckoo, promoting that they will be doing food again. 12-9 Monday-Saturday serving tapas style. Tribute tap turned around. E8 3BH Prince Arthur is closed. E2 7SB Nelsons Head. No handpumps so no real ale.

Update 3 March

Sat-13 April

London Spring Cider Festival

Matchstick Pie House, Arches 213/214

Edward Street, London, SE8 5HD

Star of the East taken in Oct 1988. Beerhawk. Photo from Colin Price.