WhatPub Update 40

WhatPub? Update 40

WhatPub? Update publishes news items collated by Greater London branches, often from information supplied through the ‘Submit Update’ button on WhatPub.  We aim to report all openings and closures of places that satisfy the CAMRA definition of a pub (including those selling draught but not real ale); all pubs that add or remove real ale; and changes of name, ownership or beer policy.  Readers are encouraged to visit WhatPub? for pub details, and to ‘Submit Update’ when they find incomplete or out-of-date information.

                At this time we are aware that we are not capturing as many changes as we might usually be reporting.  However, we are now maintaining at www.london.camra.org.uk live lists of which pubs are now open in each London branch area and which have remained closed since lockdown.



E11, LORD ROOKWOOD, 314 Cann Hall Rd. Reopened and renamed ROOKWOOD VILLAGE by Urban Village pubs in September 2020 following a complete, high quality, refurbishment of the ground floor of the previous pub. A mixture of booths and table with a patio to the rear. 4 cask ales are sold and the pub aims to have a locally brewed beer available. Initially Doom Bar with 3 guests including Brentwood and Sharp’s Atlantic.

E17, TRUMAN’S SOCIAL CLUB (Black Eagle Brewery), 1 Priestley Way. Future taproom and event space for the Truman’s Brewery. Opened 4 July.

N14, KING’S GATE (Ei Group/Craft Union), 110-112 Chase Side. Real ale installed: Sharp’s Doom Bar and Atlantic. Was WISHING WELL.

NW5, GRAND UNION, Highgate Studios, 53-79 Highgate Road. Reopened in August as NEVER FOR EVER having closed as a bar in 2012. “Split across two floors, Never for Ever aims to create a space for the community to come together, featuring a ‘common room’ space with live music, home-brewed beers and cocktails on tap.” Keg wall as well as taps.

NW6, MILL, 32 Mill La. Newly opened bar which at time of visit had 4 keg beers on draught – 3 from Kernel and 1 from Signature Brew.

SE4, JOYCE, 294 Brockley Rd. Craft beer bar with keg wall opened in Dec 2019 in former funeral directors operated by Catcon Pubs.

SE6, BELLINGHAM EX SERVICEMEN’S CLUB , 10 Allerford Rd. Sells real ale.

W1, PASSYUNK AVENUE , 80 Cleveland St. A US-themed bar and restaurant with two TV screens and seats at the bar. It’s a small, narrow space with two rooms, the bar is in the first which leads on into the slightly smaller back room. On the surveyor’s visit it had six keg taps. The two house beers, Passyunk Pale and Session IPA had been brewed by Sambrook’s who also had their Battersea IPA and Rye on tap.

W1, SIMMONS OXFORD CIRCUS (Simmons), 203 Wardour St. Opened in July 2019 in former Dirty Harry’s bar. Prior to that it was Peter Stringfellow’s Angels club and also was once home to the Vortex Club mentioned in the Jam’s song, A-Bomb in Wardour Street. Said to be the largest Simmons venue so far, with six keg beers: two from Camden, Estrella, Peroni, Brew Dog Punk IPA and a house lager were available in Nov 2019.

WC2, LONG ACRE (Stonegate), 1 Upper St Martins La.. Real ale installed in 2019. 3 changing beers such as Fuller’s London Pride; Sharp’s Doom Bar; Young’s London Original


KEW, CRICKETERS (ex-Greene King), 79 Kew Green. Reopened by new operator Marky’s Pubs. Fuller’s London Pride & Sharp’s Doom Bar initially available.

HAM, HAND & FLOWER (Ei Group), Upper Ham Road, Richmond, TW10 5LA. Reopened.

TWICKENHAM, TW2 TAPROOM, 80-82 The Green. Officially open with a launch night on the 12 September. Serves three real ales.



E4, DOVECOTE (Ei Group). Closed – lease available from Ei.

E9, MOTHER KELLY’S BOTTLE SHOP (Moontide). Closed – not reopening.

E17, VICTORIA. Closed for site redevelopment.

E17, WELCOME TO THE FOREST (Waltham Forest). Pop up pub now closed.

EC1, RUST & ROSES. Now a Korean restaurant.

EC2, EIGHTY FOUR. Was FOUNDRY. Now demolished.


N1, KINGS (Ei Group). Closed – lease on the market.

N1, LORD CLYDE (Ei Group) Closed – lease on the market.


N1, PLONK SHOREDITCH (Mendoza). Closed. Currently Little Mermaid Cocktail Experience event venue. Was NUMBER 177; BACCHUS, MADE IN THE SHADE

N1, POET (Ei Group). Closed and boarded – lease on the market. Was BARING ARMS

N1, WILLIAM IV (Max Barney Pub Company). Closed following lease expiry. Freehold has been on the market.

N16, STOKEY. Closed by 2019, becoming the Muddy Puddle Cafe later that year.

N19, TOURIAN LOUNGE (Tavern Property Co). Closed with lease on the market.

N22, DUKE OF EDINBURGH. Converted to Areca restaurant by August 2020.

N22, STEP. Closed on 1 March.

NW5, SIR ROBERT PEEL (Star). Handpump removed.

NW6, GREEN ROOM. Closed, future uncertain.

NW11, GATE LODGE. Closed and signage removed by July 2020.

NW11, PAPILLON. Closed and signage removed by July 2020.

SE10, GREENWICH UNION (Meantime). Meantime announced on 3 August 2020 that pub would not be reopening after period of Covid-19 closure. Its plans for the building are currently unknown.

SE18, LORD HERBERT (Ei Group). Closed – lease available from Ei.

SE18, PLUMSTEADSHIRE. Closed. Announced it was ceasing operating here on 1 March 2020 to concentrate on its market stalls business as well as developing its own brewery and tap room outlet concept in Eltham.

SW12, GOOSE ISLAND TAP HOUSE, converted earlier this year to 1910, a ‘Mexican cantina’ after two years’ dereliction.

SW14, ENROUTE 505. Closed. Repossessed by landlord in January.

SW14, KEW BREWHOUSE. Closed and now advises that no resumption of brewing is planned at the current site. Their ambition is to acquire new premises in East London later this year, dropping the Kew Brewery name but retaining the current beer recipes.

W1, GENUINE LIQUORETTE. Decided to not reopen post Covid-19 Lockdown. Was BLACK HORSE.

W1, SOCIAL. Reported not to be reopening.

W3, AERONAUT (Laine Pub Company), 264 Acton High St, W3 9BH. Real ale discontinued. Originally WHITE HART.

W3, SIX BELLS (Wellington). Closed and boarded by September.

W9, WINDSOR CASTLE (Admiral Taverns), 3 Lanark Pl. Reported closed as a pub or bar, and now part of the Maguro Japanese/sushi restaurant site.

WC2, ROADHOUSE. The venue has said it will not be reopening.


BARKING, VICTORIA (Brakspear). Handpump removed.

BRENTFORD, PRINCESS ROYAL (Fuller’s). Closed – rumoured to have been sold to Tesco.

BRENTFORD, SIX BELLS AT BRENTFORD LOCK (Fuller’s). Closed and boarded with tenant moving to Chester.

CROYDON, CHILLI ROOM BAR & RESTAURANT. Closed, future uncertain.

CROYDON, FAIRFIELD TAVERN (Croydon Council). Fairfield Halls is ‘in hibernation’ since the end of June 2020.

CROYDON, WHISTLER’S BAR (Dalata Hotel Group).  Closed: Croydon Park Hotel went into administration.

FELTHAM, REUNION ALES. Closed and production in Feltham has ceased. Brewing kit for auction.

HAM, HAM BREWERY TAP (Admiral Taverns). Closed. Lease for sale.

KESTON, FOX INN (Ei Group). The pub reopened in early July 2020 following the Covid lockdown. However, around the end of July, the lease expired, and in the post-Covid climate with trade diminished, we understand that the leaseholders decided not to renew. So the pub is closed with an uncertain future.

KINGSTON, CRICKETERS 20 Fairfield South. Closed with lease on the market.

RICHMOND, HOPE (Ei Group). Closed – lease for sale.

RICHMOND, TRIPLE CROWN. Closed – freehold is for sale with vacant possession.

TEDDINGTON, CLOCK HOUSE (Ei Group). Closed – lease on the market.



E2, ROYAL OAK (Young’s/Ram). Converted to a Young’s managed pub.

E11, MANOR HOUSE.  Renamed BULL.

E14, GREAT EASTERN (Star), 1 Glenaffric Ave. Reverted to WATERMAN ARMS following £587,000 refurbishment. Lease taken on by Laura Lythall and Sam Hawkes of the Ship Inn, E14. Black Sheep Bitter initially available.


SE1, DEAN SWIFT (Wellington). Pubs of Distinction no longer leaseholders replaced by SouthEast One Ltd – the owner also operates the Firefly in SW12.

SE1, TALL HOUSE . Renamed LIN’S RESTAURANT & BAR. Chinese restaurant with a bar offering weekday happy hour.

SE13, RAMBLES (Wellington). Renamed ELEMENTS in 2018.

SW1, QUEENS ARMS (Food & Fuel). Now operated by Brunning & Price, having been retained by TRG.

W5, ATTIC. Renamed BAR 8. Still a wine bar in a parade of shops selling a couple of draught beers.

W5, T J DUFFYS. Renamed RYAN’S on reopening following lockdown and refurbishment.



PETERSHAM, FOX & DUCK (Ei Group). Now one of the Old Spot Pub Co managed partnership with Ei Group. Beer range TBC.