New branch boundaries

There's been recently a significant change to the area covered by West London Branch. Since 1st September, the branch boundaries for the first time have been defined by the London boroughs rather than by postcode sectors. We are now the branch covering the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and the City of Westminster.

The main reason for this is that so much of our campaigning work today is in pub preservation to defend pubs from closure. It makes it much easier if we only have three local authorities we need to consult with, and we will only need to monitor planning applications affecting pubs in those three boroughs. A further benefit is that explaining the area our branch covers is much simpler and no longer involves a massive list of postcodes!

To mark the changes to the branch boundaries we recently enjoyed a joint social with North London Branch in the St John's Wood/Lisson Grove/northern Marylebone area visiting some of the pubs which would transfer from North London branch area to West London. We had a good turnout on the social from both branches.

There is a map giving full details of the pubs which will change branch areas. A simplified description of the main changes affecting our branch is as follows:

  • The east of Fitzrovia (in Camden borough) transfers from West London to North London
  • The north of WC2 including most of Holborn and the north of Covent Garden (in Camden borough) transfers from West London to North London
  • St John's Wood and Lisson Grove (in the City of Westminster) transfers from North London to West London
  • Most of Chiswick (in Hounslow borough) transfers from West London to Richmond & Hounslow Branch. The area north of Chiswick Park station (in Ealing borough) however transfers to West Middlesex Branch.

We'll be updating the pub guide section of this site in the near future with the new pubs in our branch area - in the meantime please search WhatPub.com. There is also a map showing the branch pubs.

Many other London branches are also changing their boundaries - for further information please check out this page on the London CAMRA site.

West London Pub of the Year 2017

The Star Tavern

It may have been a stormy night, but hardly dark, though that wasn't holding back the modest celebrations in the back streets of Belgravia.

A miscellany of regulars, head brewers George Young (Fuller's) and Paddy Johnson (Windsor and Eton Brewery), others from the Griffin brewery team headed by Fuller's Inns MD Jonathon Swaine, and members from across thronged the Star Tavern in late June. For it was the evening that CAMRA West London was to present Marta with the certificate recording the pub's first place as branch Pub of the Year 2017!

Supported by a strong team branch chair Les Maggs got straight to nitty gritty. While some stragglers were still arriving, shaking off the rain, and making sure that they had a glass of the '1845', we all saluted the success of Marta and her team. With over real ale 600 pubs across three London boroughs, and an array of excellent pubs in the running, it is a magnificent achievement to reach the short-list let alone to beat the the other contenders.

(Thanks to Dominic Pinto for this article, and thanks to Gill Shaw/Fuller's for the photo)

Branch meeting at Portobello Brewery

Branch meeting at Portobello Brewery

We had a great branch meeting at Portobello Brewery in June.

At our branch meetings we discuss all matters relating to CAMRA, pubs, and campaigning for real ale in the West London area. Many of us also stay for a chat and some more beer after the business of the meeting has ended.

Portobello were very hospitable and were kind enough to put on a cask of their VPA and also some Pilsner which we enjoyed very much.

The July 2017 branch meeting is on Tuesday 11th July, upstairs at the Harp - a classic pub with a great selection of beers. We're meeting from 7pm for a 7.30pm start to the meeting. We'd love more branch members to come along - please do!

Award for the Union

Les Maggs presents the certificate to Craig

We recently presented the second place certificate for the West London CAMRA Pub of the Year to the Union Tavern, near Westbourne Park tube station. Our chairman Les Maggs (accompanied by some other branch members) can be seen here presenting the certificate to Craig and his team.

The Union Tavern is a great pub set in a lovely location by the Grand Union Canal with its canalside terrace being particularly popular on a nice sunny day. The pub has an excellent record for supporting London microbreweries, with a policy of stocking mostly beers produced within 30 miles and its regular 'Meet the Brewer' evenings.

Springing into summer

2017 05 StarJackBeanstalk

As spring draws to a close and we head into summer, the Star Tavern in Belgravia had this impressive 'Jack and the Beanstalk' floral display, and a special beer "Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum!" from Windsor & Eton Brewery. It was their contribution to the Belgravia in Bloom week which has just finished.

We've also got a great range of events planned for West London CAMRA during the summer. This includes the presentation of the West London Pub of the Year 2017 certificate to the Star Tavern itself and the runner-up presentation at the Union Tavern.

Our branch events as usual are listed in the branch diary. Why not come along and join us? Here's a summary of what we've got planned so far:

June

  • Tue 6 June (7pm) Meet the brewer (to be announced). Union Tavern, 45 Woodfield Rd (must book with pub), W9.
  • Thu 15 June (7pm/7.30) Branch meeting at Portobello Brewery, Mitre Way, W10.
  • Tue 20 June (7pm/7.30) Pub of the Year runner-up presentation. Union Tavern, 45 Woodfield Rd, W9.
  • Tue 27 June (7pm/7.30) Pub of the Year presentation. Star Tavern, 6 Belgrave Mews West, SW1.

July

  • Tue 4 July (7pm) Meet the brewer (to be announced). Union Tavern, 45 Woodfield Rd, W9 (must book with pub). [EVENT CANCELLED]
  • Tue 11 July (7pm/7.30) Branch meeting, Harp (upstairs), 47 Chandos Pl, WC2.
  • Wed 12-Sat 15 July Working socials at Ealing Beer Festival.
  • Tue 18 July SW1P social: (7.30) Speaker, 46 Gt. Peter St; (9pm) Barley Mow, 104 Horseferry Rd.
  • Tue 25 July W8/W14 survey crawl: meet (7pm/7.30) Warwick Arms, 160 Warwick Ave, W14.

And in August (8-12th) of course we'll have CAMRA's big event of the year, the Great British Beer Festival, within our branch area at the Olympia exhibition centre. Tickets are on sale now.

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