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Branch News. E8 3BH  Prince Arthur, 95 Forest Road This pub reopened on Janaruy 24th. It has 4 handpumps. EC1V - Brewdog AF Old Street is now open - all alcohol free beer.  The Stag and Lantern, E4 will be opening in due course. Members can follow the progress towards opening through weekly updates on.  News on the Old Spotted Dog E7. The Queen's Head, in West Ham Lane E15 has kept its license after police said patrons had "effectively taken over" the premises.  E17 The Rising Sun/RS Lounge/Empire will reopen as My Shish Restaurant and Lounge. The Station House in E4 has reopened as the Rusty Bike and from what I have heard it is run by the same people that ran a pub of the same name in E3 (Mile End). Today I found three handpumps selling two beers, Doom Bar which is their permanent beer and ELB IPA (£4.10) as the guest. The dartboard and tired furniture have been removed along with the carpet. Renovated kegs are stools. 12 keg taps including Singha, Blue Moon, Cobra and Rusty Bike Lager.  Thai food and no full English Breakfast or fish finger sandwiches. Whatpub News. E1 8EN Dispensary. there appears to be renovations going on, will be opening in the near future named Leman Bar.  E6 1PW Boleyn Tavern, is closed for 8 months for refurbishment.


Branch News E15 1AJ  Builders Arms 302 High St This has been  closed - it is possibly for site redevelopment. Farringdon Tap -now likely to open in early February. EC4A 1HL Shutters,  Rolls Passage off Chancery Lane - Keg beer . Bar in the ex-Grand Union building. E2 6NB Workers Arms - has been reported as closing around 2 years ago. E4 the Station House will reopen as the Rusty Bike with Thai food. E15 Cart&Horses - is likely to be closed all year for refurbishment. EC2M  3TQ  We are Bar, 155 Bishopsgate has closed. EC1M 4AN White Bear 57 St John St - following refurbishment Barworks has reopened this pub on soft launch so no food. No mention of cask ale on the beer menu. E9 5HP Italian Job, 130 Cadogan Terrace - Italian Beers and Pizza. In the Muller&Briggs venue which itself was part of the redevelopment of the Top o'the Morning Whatpub News. E2 0EA Shakespeare no real ale. E2 6LG Star of Bethnal Green no real ale. E2 0AG Marquis Of Cornwallis no real ale. E8 3BH Prince Artur has reopened. E6 2JA Overdraft Tavern is now called Meeting Point. E1W 2RW, White Swan & Cuckoo. No real ale. And Guinness at £5 a pint!


Branch news: The Angel & Crown ,  170 Roman Road, E2 0RY has reopened. New Refurb and new licensee Mel - Now having Taylor's Landlord on Perm - not sure of any other RA offerings.  The Exale taproom has opened at Unit 2C, Uplands Business Park, 118 Blackhorse Road E17 5QJ. Opening Hours are 4-12 Th/Fri and 12-12 Sat. Whatpub updates: EC1M 6JN Be at One, no draught beer nor does the Beer Hawk EC1M 6JH. E10 5NA  Coach & Horses, no Sharps beers present. E2 0EA Bethnal Green Tavern, closed as of now. Rumoured to be taken over by Graceland who run the nearby Kings Arms. E3 5TH Victoria, Lease for sale Christie & Co are holding an open viewing at this substantial pub opportunity in the heart of Mile End, East London. The Victoria Inn is in a prominent position in Grove Road between Bow and Victoria Park.
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Whatpub update 36 (February 2020)

EC1, DRAFT HOUSE OLD STREET (BrewDog/Draft House). Converted to BREWDOG AF OLD STREET the AF standing for alcohol free – all beers served are sub 0.5%. No real ale. EC1, SIMMONS (Simmons), 180 St John St. Closed and for lease since mid-2019. EC1, NUALA, 70-74 City Rd. Reopened as DAFFODIL MULLIGAN by new operator Richard Corrigan. Still keg only. EC1, WHITE BEAR, 57 St John St. Reopened by new operator Barworks and currently in soft launch phase. EC2, AMBER (Novus). Closed March 2019, future unknown. Was Digress City. EC2, PRINCESS (Ei Group). Renamed PRINCESS OF SHOREDITCH. EC3, STERLING (Novus). Bar opposite the Gherkin now operated by Mosaic Pubs & Dining. EC4, SEA HORSE (Ei Group), 64 Queen Victoria St. Redecorated and reopened. Recent real ales were Purity Pure Gold, Sharp’s Doom Bar and Harvey’s Sussex Best Bitter. E2, 640 EAST, Railway Arches, 157-162 Malcolm Pl. Opened April 2019 in former ‘Bubbles Car Wash’. Rotating craft beers. E2, ANGEL & CROWN, 170 Roman Rd. Refurbished and reopened by December 2019, aiming to be a community pub. Regular beer is currently Timothy Taylor Landlord. E2, BETHNAL GREEN TAVERN (Mosaic Pub & Dining). Closed December, reason unknown. E2, RESIDENT. Closed mid 2019; future uncertain. E4, MO-BO’S. Closed, lease on the market. E6, OVERDRAFT TAVERN. Became MEETING POINT. E8, STAGE 3 (Hackney Theatre). Now EMPIRE BAR. E9, SPREAD EAGLE. No real ale. E9, MULLER & BRIGGS, 130 Cadogan Terr. Reopened as a branch of the ITALIAN JOB late in 2019 showcasing ‘the best of Italian breweries alongside local London gems’. Keg only. E14, BRODIE’S (BAR & KITCHEN) (Kornicis). Closed in 2018, future uncertain. E14, 640 EAST, Montgomery Sq (in the middle), Upper Bank St. First of a small but growing chain of coffee shops and bars. It consists of two upcycled shipping containers with seating in between. The coffee is on one side, the bar the other. 5 keg beers plus bottles and cans. E17, EXALE BREWING TAPROOM, Unit 2C, Uplands Business Pk, 11B Blackhorse Rd. Exale brewing has teamed up with Victory London Distillery to expand into a new site and found a permanent taproom. E17, MIRTH, MARVEL & MAUD (Antic). Closed January for redevelopment of the site to start early.
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