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BRANCH EVENTS NovemberTuesday 9th November. A joint pub crawl with North London branch of CAMRA. We will be meeting at 7.30pm in the Oxford Tavern, 256 Kentish Town Rd NW5 2AA moving on to the Grafton, 20 Prince of Wales Rd NW5 3LG for 8.45 and from 9.30 finishing in the Tapping the Admiral, 77 Castle Rd NW1 8SU.Wednesday 17th November at 8.00pm Branch Meeting at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Hoe St E17. Pigs Ear Beer Festival Planning Meetings(All start at 7.30pm). Tuesday 19th October meeting at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Hoe St E17.Tuesday 2nd November is a Zoom Meeting, contact branch for details if you wish to get involved.Tuesday 16th November meeting at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Hoe St E17Pig's Ear is back for 2021! OctoberOver the last few months the Pigs Ear team have put a lot of work into organising a Covid safe Pig’s Ear for December 2020, but sadly the new Tier 2 restrictions have made it impossible to run an indoor beer festival at this time. So, for now, we have had to postpone this year’s Pig’s Ear, but we have everything ready to go and will be reviewing the situation constantly to see if we can bring you a festival earlier next year…In the meantime we urge you to support your local pubs and breweries in any way you can. DECEMBERPlease send us any news or events that are not included below.If you would like to organise a pub crawl or suggest a pub to visit,contact us via Branch phone 07757772564 or email email@example.com--------------------------------------Can All Members use Whatpub or email branch with the beer scores in visited pubs. We need as many as possible to get the pubs selling the best ale in the next Good Beer Guide. Email us if you need help scoring. --------------------------------------BRANCH DIARY DECEMBERTue 17 8pm First Good Beer Guide Selection and Pub of the Year Meeting at Ye Old Rose And Crown ,Hoe Street E17 4SAFri 20 8pm Christmas Social at Leyton Orient Supporters Club Oliver Rd E10. It's the annual Mighty Oak brewery Night including the traditional free mince pies. Club opens 5pmJANUARYMon 6 8pm Second GBG Selection Meeting at the Approach Tavern, 47 Approach Rd, E2 9LY.Tue 14 8pm Branch meeting at the Eleanor Arms, 460 Old Ford Rd, E3 5JP. Minutes of the November meeting are available on requestFEBRUARY1 Sat 12.30pm for 1pm Presentation of the National Inventory Certificate to the Festival Inn Grundy Street, E14 6AD. The Festival Inn does not sell real ale. Geoff Brandwood from CAMRA’s Pub Heritage Group will make the presentation and Elain Harwood of Historic England, an expert on post-war architecture, has agreed to give a talk about the architecture of Chrisp Street Market, now a conservation area, and its links to the Festival of Britain. The event will be followed by a tour of local pubs. the nearest DLR station is All Saints. The pubs to be visited afterwards will be: 2.15 The Grapes, 76 Narrow Street, E14 8BP 3.30 Prospect of Whitby, 57 Wapping Wall, E1W 3SH 4.30 Town of Ramsgate, 62 Wapping High Street, E1W 2PNTue 4 8.00 pm Good Beer Guide and Pub of the Year Meeting at Leyton Technical, 265 High Rd Leyton, London E10 5QN. Minutes for the November meeting are available on request.Local Brewery Tap Rooms 40 FT Brewery Tap RoomThe Bootyard; Abbott St; E8 3DP; Dalston Opening Hours Thu 5-10pm Fri 1-11pm Sat 1-11pm Sun 1- 6p.Boxcar Brewery Taproom Unit 1 Birkbeck St, London E2 6JY. Opening Times Thu & Fri 5-11.30pm, Sat 12-11.30pmBrewclub Taproom Arches 7-8 Bohemia Place Hackney E8 1DU. Opening Times Fri 5 – 11pm Sat & Sun 3 - 9pmDeviant & Dandy Arch 185, Nursery Road Hackney E9 6PB. Opening Times Fri & Sat 12 – 12am Sun 12 – 7pm.Exale Taproom has opened Unit 2C, Uplands Business Park, 118 Blackhorse Road E17 5QJOpening Hours are Thu & Fri 4-12pm and Sat 12-12pm.Forest Road Brewery Taproom 8 Netil Lane, E8 3RL. Opening Times Thu & Fri 5 – 11pm Sat 12 – 11pm. Gravity Well Brewery Tap Room Arch 142 Tilbury Rd, Leyton E10 6REOpening Times Sat 2 - 8pm (or later depending on customer numbers)Hackney Church Brew Co. 16 & 17 Bohemia Place Hackney E8 1DU. Opening Times Mon 5 – 10pm Tue 1 – 10pm Wed & Thu 1 – 11pm Fri 1 – 12am Sat 12 – 12am Sun 12 – 10pmHusk Brewing Tap Room, Unit 58A, North Woolwich Road, London, E16 2AAOpening Times Fri 5-11pm Sat 5-11pm. West Silvertown DLR is the closest station.The Mechanic Brewery Tap 22a Cudworth Street E1 5QU. Bethnal Green is the closest underground station. Opening Hours Fri 5 - 11pm Sat 12 - 11pm.Neckstamper Brewery Taproom Unit 3 Cromwell Industrial Estate Staffa Road E10 7QZ The closest station is Lea Bridge, which is an 8 min walk away - Lea Bridge is 1 stop north of Stratford and 1 stop south of Tottenham Opening Times Sat 2-8pm.Old Street Brewery Taproom Arch 11 Gales Gardens, E2 0EJ. Opening Times Tue-Thu 4-11pm Fri 4-11.30pm Sat 12-11.30pm Sun 2-11pm.Pillars Brewery Taproom Unit 2 Ravenswood Industrial Estate Shernall Street E17 9HQ. Opening Times 5-12pm Sat 2-12pm Sun 2-8pm. Pretty Decent Brewery Taproom, Arch 338 Sheridan Rd, London E7 9EF. Opening Times Thu & Fri 5-11pm Sat 2-11pm Sun 1-7pm.Solvay Society Brewery Tap Room Arch 223 Off Grove Green Rd E11 close to The Heathcote and Star. Opening hours Thu 4 - 11pm Fri& Sat 12 - 11pm. Now open on Sundays 1:30pm-10pm. Regular beers include their core range: Superposition - Wheat Beer 3.8% (Won Gold at Love Beer London)Exotic Physics - Belgian IPA 6%Minimise Table Saison 3%Tritium - Belgian Tripel 7.5%Yard Sale Pizza and cheeseboards are now served at the taproom.Signature Brewery Taproom Unit 15, Uplands Business Park, Blackhorse Lane, London, E17 5QJ. Opening Times Fridays 4-11pm Saturdays 12-11pm Sundays 12-6pm.Wild Card Brewery Taprooms Unit 2 LockwoodWay E17 5RB. Opening Times Fri 4-11pm Sat 2-11pm and the Barrel Store Unit 7 Ravenswood Industrial Estate Shernall Street E17 9HQ. Opening Times 5-12pm Sat 12-12pm Sun 12-10pm.And for Cider drinkersTrap Taproom Unit 4 Ravenswood Industrial Estate Shernall Street E17 9HQ. Opening Times 5-12pm Sat 12-12pm Sun 12-10pm.Local Brew PubsCrate Brewery The White Building Unit 7 Queens Yard, White Post Lane E9 5ENOpening Times Sunday – Thursday 12 – 11pm Pizzeria closes at 22:00 Friday & Saturday 12 - 12am Pizzeria closes at 23:00.Howling Hops Tank Room Unit 9A Queen's Yard, White Post Lane E9 5EN. Opening Times Sun – Thu 12 – 11:00pm Fri & Sat 12:00 – 1amLong Arm Pub & Brewery 20-26 Worship Street EC2A 2DX. Opening Times Mon-Sat 11am-12pm, Sun 12-11pmPeople's Park Tavern (Laine Brewery) 360 Victoria Park Road, E9 7BTOpening Times Mon – Thu 12-11pm Fri 12-1am Sat 11 – 2am Sun 11am – 11pmTap East 7 International Way, Westfield Shopping Center E15 2DU. Opening Times Mon - Sat: 11am – 11pm Sun: 12 - 10pm.The Old Fountain 3 Baldwin St EC1V 9NUOpening Times Mon - Fri 11am - 11pm Sat 12 - 11pm Sun 12 - 10.30pm.
NEWS FOR NOVEMBERClosed: New bar: E20 1DH Roots Bar, 3-4 West Park walk, East Village - Cocktail Bar with a keg beer from Coalition Brewing. Opened April 12. EC3M Fen, Fenchurch St Station - unit is being refurbished. New bar: The Nest, Unt C, 155 Bishopgate, EC2M 3YD - modern cocktail bar with Craft beer[possibly bottles] - run by Urban Pubs & Bars. WhatPub info: EC1V 9NR Brewdog Old Street - is no longer an alcohol free bar. EC3V 0DD: Should be 41 Gracechurch Street. EC3M 4AJ: Unit closed when I visited on 29th Sept, building work under way behind hoardings. Not sure if it's a refurb or a complete change.
NEWS FOR OCTOBER
Barworks have sold 13 of their 19 pubs to Urban Pubs and bars. It includes Exmouth Arms (no real ale reported in November), Harrild & Sons and Singer Tavern.E10 5AB Peppers Ghost - rebranded as Escape - sister bar to the one in Stratford. 2 Cask ales - Ghost Ship & one from Laines. EC1V 1NQ Brewhouse & Kitchen - closed for refurbishment - should reopen Oct 25thEC4Y 1HT Tipperary - closed to June 2022 - may be used as site office for local redevelopment.EC1R 4PX Craft Beer London, 2 Exmouth Market -10 taps with keg beer and pizza. Closure: EC1M 4AN White Bear, 57 St John St - closed in August and has gone fro Barworks website. The following have permanently closedEC1A 9LB Bird of Smithfield. EC1M 6JH Beerhawk Farringdon. EC2M 2TE BangersEC3N 2AE Habit. EC3N 2AU BierschenkeE2 8AS Shelter. These venues have not reopened since the first lockdown [March 23 2020] and have been marked as temporarily closed: EC1V 9AJ Nomad. EC1Y 4SA Chiswell Street dining roomsEC1M 7AH Sourced Market. EC1M 6PR Smithfield Market Arms - being rebranded. EC1A 9EJ Ask for Janice- Tripadvisor is saying it will reopen in April 2022. iC3N 2ER Jewry. E5 8EE Mermaid - closed due to floodingE16 3BY Custom House (Pub & Kitchen)E17 6BD Prince of Wales Closure: EC3V 3ND Silk & Grain - financial reasons. Lease has been acquired by Simmons Bars. EC4Y 8BH Hack & Hop -Permanently closed - awaiting demolitionNew Bar: EC1V 4JY Bocas, 178-180 St John Street - Tapas Bar & Restaurant. Craft Bottled beer Was a Simmons BarWhatpub Information: E16 2AA: Husk serve a range of ales brewed on the premises. The Crate Brewery & Pizzeria has removed its hand pumps and no longer serves real ale. EC1R 4RQ Old China Hand, - pub is under scaffolding - we are assuming this is for refurbishment so has been marked closed.
NEWS FOR SEPTEMBER
EC1A 7EB Lino, 90 Bartholomew Close - Financial reasons - been in administration since May. New bar - EC3A 7BR Ginger Lily, Pan Pacific London, 80 Houndsditch - Singaporean Style cocktail bar in the hotel. One keg beer [Ashai] and bottles from Ashai/St Peters. NewE2 0AA Cave Cuvee, 250a Bethnal Green Road - small bar in basement of wine shop. You drink the shop's stock. Craft Bottled beer. Change of useE17 7JY Buxton Club - now appears to operate as an events space as well as a base for a film company and a church.
NEWS FOR AUGUST
New Bar - EC2M 7EB Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, 11-14 South Place. Restaurant & Bar.Keg/Bottled beer. Part of Gordon Ramsey chain. Was Kitty Hawk. Closure E15 1JA Bar One - being refurbished. Has not reopened since the first lockdown. E8 4AE Bar 512, 512 Kingsland Road- closed. Venue has re-opened as Village 512 with new operators - an LGBTQ+ bar with late licence.E17 9HX Lord Raglan - has re-opened following refurbishment and now has 2 real ales - currently Landlord and Marstons 61 deep. E2 8HD Partners - ex-Trumans closed in 2000 Re-opened as Molly's Cafe, part of Museum of the Home, in May 2021. Keg Beer. ClosuresE2 9RF Sundays Brew taproom - closed - other companies have been using the spaceEC1M 4AY Barsmith - closed in Sept 2019 for building redevelopment. After the work finished the bar signage went and the bar disappeared from the operators website. Rebranding. E9 5EN Greenhouse rebranded as HW Town House. E16 3NA New Gog, 38 Freemasons Road - pub closed 2002.Following arson & vandalism planning permission has been granted to demolish the rest of the building and backfill the site. EC2A 3DT Christina's, 45 Curtain Road - Cocktail Bar & Cafe in the new Mondrian Hotel. Bottled Beer. E9 5EN Lord Napier Star , 25 White Post Lane - was Lord Napier - completely refurbished and reopened after being closed for 26 years. Part of Electric Star chain, Cask Ale.
NEWS FOR JUNE
E6 Meeting Point - following refurbishment has reverted to Overdraft Tavern - it's previous nameE9 5AB Prince Edward, 97 Wick Rd - closed in 2020 for site redevelopment which retains the pub. Moor & Mead 155-157 City Rd EC1V 1JH Has opened a modern bar & restaurant in the Montcalm East Hotel. It is operated by Barworks, keg beer only. E1 1DT Indo now to let as a shop. E17 6BD Prince Of Wales looks closed down, rather than simply not yet re-opened post-lockdown. EC1R 0DY Three Kings, Original tiling on exterior & pub signage removed. Looks like beautiful original wooden panelling interior has been ripped out & interior destroyed. Pub website mentions refurb. Reopening 21st June. See twitter for photos- @pubssaving. E9 5EN Lord Napier, 25 White Post Lane - after 26 years, and following refurbishment, this is due to re-open in July as Lord Napier Star, part of Electric Star group. The following have closed: E14 Merchant - Fullers have surrendered the lease. E14 28West - financial reasons. E17 Bar 300, closed Feb 2021 financial reasons. E5 8EE Mermaid closed due to flooding (and see website). EC1N 8PQ Argyle Visited 30th April and they weren't doing real ale. Obviously this might be related to Covid restrictions. E16 4HB Royal Oak is now Meydan restaurant.E2 8PP Mamashelter, 437 Hackney Road - bar in hotel with separate garden bar. Keg beer from Forest Road/5 Points. E6 1PW Boleyn Tavern - Re-opens June 24th following a £1.5m renovation - has handpumps - used to do London Pride. E1 7EZ Tracks & Records,94-98 MiddlesexSt -not reopening after pandemic - financial reasons. E8 2JS Kingsland, 37 Kingsland High St - after 30 years + landlord is not returning. Pub will remain closed for the foreseeable future.
NEWS FOR MAY 2021
E4 Larkshall - lease has been acquired by Mosaic Pub & Dining. It should re-open in July after a refurbishment. They run the Green Goose in E3 and the Runing Horse in E1. E17 9AL Beer & Burger Store, 368 Hoe Street - cans/bottles. E20 1LN Anders Terrace, 9 Endeavour Square - pop up bar/restaurant currently just for the summer - offers a mittel european menu with a flavour of the Alps. Beer is Peroni/Rothaus Pilsner. EC1V 9AA Pivo 2-4 Old Street - independent Czech beer and Czech foodE15 3HU City View Hotel is no longer a pub of any description. Is now purely an hotel. No bar open to the public. It actually doesn't appear to have a bar at all. EC4M 7DE All Bar One, This pub re-opened on Monday 17th. May, 2021 renamed Fleets. . E1W 2RW Dockers Inn, 97 Wapping Lane- has opened following refurbishment. Was White Swan & Cuckoo. Two real ales on tap New River Riverbed Amber and London Tap.Totally renewed - no more ship’s badges.Is also a guest house and will have 8 rooms for B and B as of June 2021. E8 2LQ Kraft Dalston, 130a KIngsland High St - Microbrewery & Gin Distillery- specialises in German style beers. Is in the KIngsland Locke hotel. E17 5RB High Hill Unit 10 Lockwood Way- taproom of Hackney brewery. Opened on soft launch. Booking essential. Priority given to those who gave to the Pat it forward campaign or receive the newsletter. Spare capacity will be opened up the day before.EC1V 9HE Simmons Old Street. From Tris: Passed last night and a flyer to the newly painted wall indicates that this place will reopen on 27th May. Oh joy... E7 0DZ Holly Tree. Much improved under new ownership - Remarkable. EC3N Draft House Seething will re-open as Seething Lane Tap. EC4M Fine LIne - Re-opening May 17th following refurbishment. E14 4QQ Slug & Lettuce, 30 South Colonnade - building is being re-configured and extended. There should be space for a bar when they have finished. E2 8PB Acorn. Report from Trisback on 10 April: Passed last night and there is now a site surrounded by wooden hoardings. A peep through a crack revealed a digger sitting atop the former pub's site. E8 4RG 3x6 shelters installed and toilet refurbished.