- BAILIWICK - Going, going ......?
Thursday 22 October 2020
The Bailiwick in Englefield Green (adjacent to Windsor Park) closed in March 2020, as a result of the lockdown imposed to try and control the spread of Coronavirus Covid 19. Unfortunately, unlike most local pubs it did not re-open, as the pub operators did not believe it would be viable, due to it's size, layout, and their style of operation. It remains closed, and whilst no planning application has been received, a skip has appeared outside, and some internal work is obviously in progress.
Know any more? Please Contact Branch
- KING"S ARMS EGHAM
Monday 12 October 2020
Work is nearly complete converting this former Loch Fyne Restaurant back to a pub. Grosvenor Inns have chosen it's original name as the King's Arms, so a nice nod to the past whilst looking to the future. Extensive work includes addition of several hotel rooms and a rear conservatory amongst other improvements. Building works were delayed Covid-19 lockdown, but opening scheduled for 31st October 2020. Various staff vacancies to fill, see King's Arms and follow links through WhatPub to pub's website for details.
- GOOD BEER GUIDE 2021
Monday 5 October 2020
The Good Beer Guide is the ‘definitive’ guidebook to help you discover good pubs that serve real ale across the UK. A completely independent guide to the best pubs covering the whole of the UK with listings based entirely on evaluation by CAMRA volunteers.
With a unique breweries section listing every brewery – micro, regional and national – that produces real ale in the UK The Good Beer Guide is also an invaluable tool for professionals in the drinks and retail industry.
Now in its 48th edition, the beer-lovers’ bible is fully revised and updated each year to feature recommended pubs across the United Kingdom that serve the best real ale.
- LONDON DRINKER MAGAZINE
Wednesday 30 September 2020
The latest edition of the London Drinker published by the London Branches of the Campaign for Real Ale, is now available online. Articles include changes to planning laws, ongoing impact of Covid-19, pub design awards, trade news, small brewers duty relief and a wander around Wimbledon Common (remember you're a womble...) and much more.
For the latest on the London pub and brewery scene, click on London Drinker.
- COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS - THE LATEST
Thursday 24 September 2020
Following a rapid increase in the number of positive tests for Coronavirus Covid-19, the Goverment has brought in a raft of changes which effect England.
Licensed premises including all pubs, clubs, restaurants, coffee bars and food take-aways must close at 10pm. Food & drink in licensed premises must be ordered and served at the table.
Customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings.
Businesses will need to display the official NHS QR code posters so that customers can ‘check-in’ at different premises using this option as an alternative to providing their contact details.
In addition, social gatherings of more than six people in any setting, indoors or outdoors will be against the law.
See Covid-19 Latest Government Restrictions in England for full details. Slightly different rules apply in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Let's hope we get the rate of infection back under control, support our overworked NHS staff, and KEEP OUR PUBS OPEN.
- EAT OUT TO HELP OUT >> EXTENDED <<
Tuesday 1 September 2020
The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme offering discount meals at participating premises ran until 31 August and was very popular. Well....
Several local pubs are going to keep a discount scheme going through September at their own expense. These include the Crown & Red Lion in Egham, the Barley Mow & Fox & Hounds in Englefield Green, and the George (Spoons) in Staines. What's not to like? Know any others? Please Contact Branch.
- ASCOT BREWING SOCIALLY DISTANCED BEER FESTIVAL
Monday 31 August 2020
Finally, after several months of lockdown casued by Covid-19, and difficulties of organising a safe Beer Festival, Ascot Brewing Company bravely bit the bullet and organised the Ascot Brewing Socially Distanced Beer Festival. Several of us booked a table for the afternoon session on Saurday 29th August (thanks Andy) and took the train to sunny Blackwater.
The arrangements were first class, with well spaced out tables, payment by tokens, and drinks delivered to your table. It was quite a breezy day, but unlike the Friday, dry! A great range of beers both keg and cask, friendly helpful staff and a band made it a great afternoon, unspoilt by problems later with GWR! For a couple of pictures, including the excellent beer list, see Ascot Brewing Socially Distanced Beer Festival Photos. Many thanks to all the team at Ascot Brewing Company.
- THEY'RE OPEN !!
Saturday 4 July 2020
Good news at last, as due to the decline in the Covid-19 infection rate following the Governement lockdown, pubs in England can re-open from today. Some will open sooner than others, as pubs like other business premises will have to install measures to reduce risk of infection for instance one way systems, encouraging customers to be seated and not hanging around serving areas and so forth. To find out how to locate open pubs using WhatPub, see Find an Open Pub.
We need your help to update our records and support our pubs. If you have any info, please drop us a line via WhatPub or please Contact Branch. There may well be teething problems, but let's give our local pubs and clubs our support. Use them or lose them as they say!
- PUBS OFFERING TAKE-AWAYS
Sunday 14 June 2020
After a long period of complete shutdown, some pubs in our area are starting to put their toe in the water regarding take-away services, whether food an/or drinks. Info is starting to appear on pub Facebook pages, including often limited opening hours. Ones we know about so far include:
- Charlton Village Harrow
- Chertsey Golden Grove
- Englefield Green Beehive and Fox & Hounds
- Staines upon Thames London Stone and Thames Side Brewery & Tap Room on the towpath, which continues to brew and supply great beer.
Know of any more? Please Contact Branch
- News & Ale is back
Monday 1 June 2020
The latest issue of our Surrey Wide publication is now available via News & Ale Spring 2020. Put together and published by our neighbouring Surrey Hants Branch, it's worth a read.
Even with all pubs currently closed due to Covid-19, there is a wealth of info and interesting articles worth a look.
- Wetherspoon's post lockdown ideas
Friday 22 May 2020
'Spoons, which has 867 UK pubs with an average of 4,000 sq ft floor space (including our local George in Staines) has plans to re-open which will include gloves, masks and goggles for staff, protective screens at the till and between tables, ten hand sanitiser bottles per pub, staff told to hold glasses at the base.
Also there will be daily health checks on employees, and condiments will come in those indestructible disposable sachets we know and love, rather than reusable containers.
All sounds completely sensible though maybe not terribly attractive, but at least re-opening is being thought about. See JD Wetherspoon pubs to re-open for link to newspaper article.