Read news about pubs and campaigning issues affecting Real Ale and Pubs in London and further afield.

9 May 2018

Truman's take over Newman Arms
The East London Brewery has bought the lease of the pub in W1. More details here.

3 May 2018

Fuller's buys four pubs from We Are Bar Group
The Chiswick based brewer and pub company has agreed to acquire four sites from the bar operator We Are Bar Group. Two of the sites are already completed, with two due to follow in a few weeks. The four sites are: Jamies in Creechurch Lane EC3, Jamies in Fleet Place EC4, Jamies in London Bridge Street, SE1 and The Saint in Paternoster Square EC4.

Commenting on the deal, Fuller’s Inns Managing Director Jonathon Swaine said: “We are delighted with this acquisition. The four bars are all in the heart of the City and are a great fit with our existing sites and strategy. We are very excited about these venues and to welcome the teams in the bars to the Fuller’s Family.”

20 February 2018

Fuller's buys Dark Star The London brewery and pub company has bought 100% of the shares in the Sussex Brewery which will continue to operate at Dark Star’s Partridge Green site as a standalone business.

MD James Cuthbertson said: “Since our inception in 1994, we have continuously grown from those early days in The Evening Star Pub in Brighton to the current brewery in Partridge Green. The partnership with Fuller’s, another independent brewery with fantastic heritage and great beer at its very core, will allow us to take the brewery to the next level. The deal means we will continue to do what we do, but gives us huge opportunities to brew more one-off small batch beers hand-in-hand with exploring the export market and expanded bottle and can formats.”

Simon Dodd, Managing Director of The Fuller’s Beer Company, said: “Following on from the success we have had with our acquisition of Cornish Orchards, we have been looking at similar opportunities to invest in and work with young, exciting companies that have a similar ethos and commitment to quality as Fuller’s. Following discussions with James and the team at Dark Star, we could see that we could add real benefit to the Dark Star business and it provides a great new range of delicious cask beers that will enhance the Fuller’s portfolio.

“Both Fuller’s and Dark Star are brewers with quality and taste at their heart. I just can’t wait to see how Dark Star innovates further with the support of Fuller’s and access to our expertise in brewing, retailing and business elements such as finance, purchasing and IT systems.”

28 November 2017

CAMRA North London will be hosting the first ever competition to find the best low alcohol beer brewed in London at the London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival in March.. The competition is open to any beer of 3% ABV or lower with the aim of showing that a beer doesn't have to be strong to be tasty. Alcohol education charity, Drinkaware, are sponsoring the competition.

The Festival’s organiser, Christine Cryne, said “We welcome entries from any brewery, big or small, in any format, draught, can or bottle, the more the merrier! And we have put together a fantastic list of experienced judges to find us the very best beer. Anyone interested in putting in a beer, or even two, to this inaugural competition, which is free to enter, should contact me.

9 October 2017

CAMRA London condemns the introduction of a late-night levy in Tower Hamlets, which will see pubs in the area hit with yet another tax bill, at a time when the business rates revaluation has seen many of the capital’s pubs facing unprecedented rises in their rates.

Tower Hamlets joins the City of London, Islington, Camden and Hackney to be the fifth London council to agree a late-night levy, a tax that forces licensed premises to pay for policing the streets at night.

Local pubs that are licensed past midnight will be expected to pay the tax, regardless of whether they continue serving or trading late into the evening.

John Cryne, Chair of London Region CAMRA says: “We are seeing a worrying trend across London of more and more councils considering late night levies, without thinking of the effect this will have on valued community pubs. We are proud of the variety of pubs that we have across London, but introducing a levy is just penalising local businesses when the majority contribute positively to the night time economy. What is the point in having an all night tube if there is nowhere to go?”

“Late night levies are a blunt instrument, and unfairly penalise pubs - most of which are hubs of responsible drinking. Coupled with the introduction of crippling business rates, pubs in Tower Hamlets face rapidly rising costs - which will either result in more pub closure or higher prices for consumers.”

The levy, which can be up to £85.38 each week, depends on the size and rateable value of the premises and was agreed by Tower Hamlets Council on September 20th.

25 May 2017

The June/July copy of the London Drinker is now available to download from here.

20 April 2017

The Mayor of London has issued a press release - Shocking data reveals number of pubs in London fell by 25% since 2001

9 February 2017

Plan revealed to turn Pakenham Arms into office space
Mystery Black Cap pub admirer applies for building to be listed
Lambeth vetoes plan to cut size of Camel & Artichoke pub
Residents unite to save historic London Irish pub The Corrib Rest from development into luxury flats
Stonegate acquires trio of London pubs
My Pub: The Guinea Grill, Mayfair

27 January 2017

End of an era for Camden Town's pub scene as Quinn's landlord dies aged 94
Victoria pub in Highgate closes
Greenwood pub, restaurant and sports lounge opens in Victoria.
Plan to re-open Old White Bear in Hampstead given green light as owner pledges ‘community hub’
Ealing pub hit by fire reopens
Historic Thomas a Becket pub to become Rock Island restaurant
Sekforde Arms to reopen in June
Madness honour legendary Camden venue The Dublin Castle

For News prior to 2017 go to News Archive