ALE Spring 2001 No. 301

Central London Pubs - update

News since the main article was written

[part 1 (Introduction) - part 2 (Southwark; Covent Garden & Theatreland) - part 3 (The City; Bloomsbury)]

The Tube One-Day Travelcard is now 4.00 (zones 1+2).

In Southwark the Old London Bridge Brewery has reportedly closed though may reappear. Nearby The George's Restoration Ale is now brewed by Crouch Vale.

The better Young's pubs are now serving Smiles, due to the exchange deal between the breweries which followed on from Young's buying a stake in Smile's.

O'Hanlon's Brewery has moved from Vauxhall to Clyst St Lawrence in Devon.

According to the December BreWorld mailout, the new Meantime Brewing Company (Charlton) is supplying its Union beers to RK Stanleys specialist sausage & beer restaurant in Little Portland Street (north of Oxford Circus).

Regent Inns, previously little known for real ales, are promoting a beer festival between 18 March and 1 April in some of their pubs: 6 core beers plus up to 19 others. In the areas covered by this article these are listed as participating:

Incidentally, Regent Inns are exactly the sort of group likely to buy into the Cambridge drinking circuit soon.

According to the JD Wetherspoon house magazine [edition 4.3, Dec. 2000], a well-known Gaul is at work at the Crosse Keys in the City. An article proudly proclaims:

Apparently a blackboard listing beers is a hot item of news!

Thanks to Simon Fyffe for some of this information

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