The details for our second Event in 2019 are as follows:
Sunday, 28TH April, 2019
'Metroland Award-Winning Micropubs and Curry'
noon - The Hop & Vine, 18, High Street, Ruislip, HA4 7AN then
1.30pm - Beer Asylum, 1, Red Lion Parade, Bridge Street, Pinner, HA5 3JD then
3pm - Regency Club, 18-21, Station Parade, Queensbury, HA8 5NR.
The first two are very welcome additions to the diminished pub scene in West Middlesex and had won their respective borough (Hillingdon and Harrow) Pub of the Year awards from the local CAMRA branch in 2018. If the weather is sufficiently clement, we might be able to make use of the Hop & Vine's recently-opened 'beer garden' whilst the Beer Asylum originally opened as just a bottle shop off licence but the bar side of the outlet has developed such that it is effectively now a fully-fledged micropub. It has the additional distinction of being on the site of the frontage to The Red Lion ph which closed as long ago as 1963!
The last-mentioned venue needs no introduction to CAMAL members and is long overdue a revisit.
Use of public transport will be required throughout, Ruislip being on the Uxbridge branch of the Metropolitan Line. Buses H13 between Ruislip & Pinner and, then, the 183 or H11 from Pinner to Harrow with the 114 from Harrow to Queensbury are recommended. [Alternatively, the Metropolitan Line can be used between Ruislip & Pinner, changing at Harrow-on-the-Hill, and the Metropolitan & Jubilee Lines can be used between Pinner & Queensbury, changing at Wembley Park.]
CAMAL badges should be worn by all participating members at every event.
You Have Missed:
Saturday, 9TH February, 2019
'Berks (for) Beer & Bratwurst (3 Bs)'
noon - The Botanist, 1-5, King Street, Reading, RG1 2HD then
1pm - The Bierhaus (ex-Cock-a-Snook micropub), 8, Queen's Walk, Reading, RG1 7QF then
4pm - The Nag's Head, 5, Russell Street, Reading, RG1 7XD.
The first is a new pub in a former Barclays bank which has many bottled foreign beers, including local Siren Craft ales, available whilst the second specialises in both German and Belgian beers with authentic food to boot! The last-mentioned is already a Reading institution which has established itself within a former failing all-keg pub into a cornucopia for real ale over the last decade.
The main Reading station was used for arrival - a rendezvous outside the Three Guineas on the town side suggested at 1145 (but acheived inside instead!) - whilst Reading West station - tickets having been valid to All Stations there - was near to the final pub being visited.
Of the seven members who attended, four then continued on to The Castle Tap, Brew Dog, Zero Degrees and The Allied Arms with three even venturing into The Alehouse and The Greyfriars.