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Hello, welcome back after a brief hiatus. It is that time of year for the Good Beer Guide updates! (Non-GBG-related changes will be in next week's update.)

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Our featured article is therefore Category Good Beer Guide 2017. Here is a link to the CAMRA website if you want to see what it looks like and/or buy a copy.

There are many new entries to our database:
* The Beehive in Tottenham (a very nice pub I should have added years ago);
* Brewhouse and Kitchen by Angel station;
* The Broken Drum in Blackfen near Sidcup;
* The Four Thieves, a former Antic pub in Battersea;
* The Hare and Hounds in Greenford;
* J.J. Moon's, a Spoons in Kingsbury;
* The King's Arms, another lovely pub I should have added years ago (it's in Bethnal Green);
* The King and Co. in Clapham;
* The King's Stores in Spitalfields near Liverpool Street;
* The Long Pond in Eltham (see main image above);
* The Penny Farthing in Crayford;
* The People's Park Tavern in South Hackney (a large place);
* The Phoenix in the City of London (Throgmorton Street if you must know);
* The Railway Arms in Oxhey (hey! I hear you say, is that even in London? well no, but it's by Zone 8 Bushey station);
* The Rifleman in Epsom;
* The Shaftesbury Tavern in Upper Holloway;
* The Ship in Gidea Park;
* The Upminster Taproom;
* The Wibbas Down Inn, a Spoons in Wimbledon;
* The Woolwich Equitable.

There's also a stub entry for The Radius Arms in Whyteleafe, which wasn't visited in time to get a full write-up.

A noteable re-entry is the lovely Chesham Arms, which was under threat a few years back, but has reopened and is lovely.

Finally, one that actually entered the GBG last year, but we missed it: The Woodman in Woodmansterne.

Pubs pubs pubs pubs. Go to a pub?
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Mother Kelly's, Bethnal Green, E2

Hello all! A tripe-free update this week.

This week's featured article is Mother Kelly's, a rather pleasant bar under a railway arch in Bethnal Green. It has a large number of interesting beers, both on keg taps and in bottles, and it's run by Steve Mason of Mason & Taylor fame, so expect plenty of hops. They also have jugs of tap water on the tables, a trend which I hope other drinking establishments pick up on.

We have two new restaurant articles, with cuisine from opposite ends of the Mediterranean: Sheesh Mangal in Worcester Park serves decent Turkish food ([personal profile] bob approves of the hummous), while Dar Marrakech is a toddler-friendly Moroccan restaurant in Stratford, which provides belly dancing on request! Dar Marrakech also does Lebanese food, which I judge makes its geographical culinary midpoint somewhere near Malta.

Finally, Shahee Bhelpoori in Norbury has closed.
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Hello again!

This week's featured article is Beck's Cafe, WC1R 4PS, a greasy spoon cafe offering excellent quality breakfast in the Holborn area. bob's been a regular nigh on twenty a year now. In my own opinion, sausages are the key, good quality sausages, can't overemphasise how important these are.

Two new entries include Bongo East, a Ghanaian restaurant/bar in Barking. It offers some tasty fufu. I'm still not sure what that is. Some kind of bread?

Another addition is Albina, another bar/restaurant this time in Plaistow. It offers food from the Ukraine, and is probably a good deal safer to visit than that country is right now (/topical). I would suggest reading our review carefully before you go in, because there's some good stuff if you choose well. Bonus Cyrillic action.

Finally two reported closures are Viajante, whose award-winning chef Nuno Mendes has gone on to other projects (he's currently cooking at the Chiltern Firehouse, which your updater is confident he will not be eating at, what with it being London's current hot ticket). At the other end of the gastronomic spectrum, the E5 Cafe in everyone's favourite postcode has also shut up shop, not long after advertising non-existent Punjabi food, which may perhaps have confused their potential customers and been something of, dare I say it, a marketing error.
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Happy Monday, RGLers!

This week's featured article is for Villagers Sausages in Beckenham. This butchers specialises in sausages, as you might have guessed from the name. There are plenty of varieties on offer for sausage-lovers - including duck! I don't think I've ever seen a duck sausage before, except for a brief glimpse on one of those specialist Freeview channels. They'll also sharpen your knives for a reasonable rate, if you're worried your cutlery might not be up to handling your mighty sausage.

There's a new article for Blue Turtle Oasis, a coffee shop in Loughborough Junction that's bigger on the inside. Reports that Peter Capaldi has been fiddling with the espresso machine inside have been completely made up by me just now.

Finally, the excellent Viajante restaurant in Bethnal Green is closing at the end of this month, as head chef Nuno Mendes is opening up a new place in Marylebone (which apparently will be very different menu-wise and atmosphere-wise).
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Handpumps at the Bree Louise, Euston

This week is that week when the Good Beer Guide is released, so we can add all the new Good Beer Guide 2014 pubs, which Kake and bob have been diligently adding, helped by a few others. I shan't try to sum up the views of our sterling reviewers (you should read the entries to find out their favourites), so here is a list of those with new entries in RGL as a result:

In the centre:
* The Chamberlain (Aldgate EC3);
* The Exmouth Arms (Clerkenwell EC1);
* The Hung, Drawn and Quartered (Tower Hill EC3);
* The Sun (Covent Garden WC2); and
* The White Swan (Covent Garden WC2).

In the North:
* The Bohemia (North Finchley N12) [PS already closed! BOO!];
* The Bull (Highgate N6);
* The Charlotte Despard (Archway N19); and
* The Stag and Hounds (Lower Edmonton N9).

In the East:
* The Bell (Walthamstow E17)
* The Duke's Head (Walthamstow E17); and
* The Sebright Arms (Haggerston E2).

In the South-East:
* The Royal Standard (Blackheath SE3);
* The Ship (Borough SE1); and
* The Star Inn (Plumstead SE18).

In the South-West:
* The King's Head (Earl's Court SW5); and
* Powder Keg Diplomacy (Battersea SW11).

In outer London postcodes:
* The Barking Dog (Barking IG11);
* The Europa (East Molesey KT8);
* The Feathers (Rickmansworth WD3);
* The George Staples (Sidcup DA15);
* The Jolly Coopers (Hampton TW12);
* The London Apprentice (Isleworth TW7);
* The Moon on the Hill (Sutton SM1)
* The Tailor's Chalk (Sidcup DA14);
* The Three Tuns (Uxbridge UB8);
* The Windermere (North Wembley HA9); and
* The Woodman (Farnborough BR6).

There's also a stub article for The Viaduct in Hanwell, so if anyone would like to visit and let us know how it is, why not do that? We'll get along eventually, I'm sure.

One other pub addition, not in the GBG, is The Change of Horses in Farnborough, which is upmarket traditional. If you're going to go all the way to Farnborough you might as well try a couple of pubs, eh?

Reported closures, are, er, the Bohemia (see above). It was a nice pub, I hope it will be back... :(

There are significant updates to the entries for The Red Lion in Isleworth, The Portrait in Sidcup, and Ye Olde Whyte Lyon in Farnborough.

There is a temporary closure for The Pilot Inn, a wonderful and lonely pub in North Greenwich. Meanwhile, The Gate vegetarian restaurant in Hammersmith has reopened.
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Whistle and Flute, Putney, London SW15

This week's featured article is The Whistle and Flute, SW15 1SQ, a Fuller's pub somewhere in between scruffy and gastro. It has the usual range of Fuller's beers and ales, so it'll do you fine if you're in Putney for a drink.

Lots of new articles this week, as certain maintainers of our community have been getting out and about in London. We have Amasi, a Middle Eastern cafe on an industrial estate in Perivale, so er yes, if you find yourself on an industrial estate in furthest West London, now you know where to go. We also have Shree Krishna Vada Pav, an Indian cafe in Harrow.

There's new entries for drinking establishments too: Ward's Freehouse, a pub in Harrow lacking any real ale; The Hussar at the edge of Hounslow, ditto; The Earl Haig, also in Hounslow, also no real ale; and The Beagle, a cocktail bar/restaurant in trendy East London's Haggerston/Shoreditch boundaries.

There are significant updates for The Old White Bear in Hampstead, and Au Lac, a Vietnamese restaurant in Highbury.

Two reported closures are The White Swan, one of Golders Green's few remaining pubs, and, sadly, an excellent East Dulwich wine shop/bar, Green and Blue.
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Well and Bucket, Shoreditch, E2

Brrr! Hope you're all wrapped up warm out there in RGL land. I have been indoors for several hours and still have my scarf on.

This week's featured article is the Well and Bucket, E2 7DG, a restored pub in Bethnal Green with plenty of beer and a lovely new/old sign by the door, to give it that proper gin palace feel. I plan to go there in the near future and drink some lovely Bristol Beer Factory ale.

We have one new article, for Suzzle, a (mostly) vegetarian cafe on Brick Lane. It also has plenty of options for those averse to dairy or gluten, or indeed curry, which can be an issue if you're looking for a bite to eat round there.

Finally, a heads-up for all you Citrus'n'Fizz lovers out there - @limesodawatch is keeping track of lime and soda prices (and contents) all across London, and occasionally further afield. Contributions are very welcome, either via twitter or at limeandsodawatch.tumblr.com.
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Phoenix Palace, Marylebone, London NW1

This weeks' featured article is Phoenix Palace, NW1 5PG, a great Chinese restaurant near Baker Street. As well as dim sum, they do all sorts of interesting dishes: congee, wild boar curry, beef shin and lotus roots (possibly not all at the same time, but don't take my word for that). Vegetarians, vegans and small humans are also catered for.

We also have two additions: Amico Bio, an Italian restaurant in Holborn that does gluten-free and vegan pizzas, and the Well and Bucket, a newly-reopened pub at the Brick Lane end of Bethnal Green Road, which has plenty of nice beer (on both pumps and taps). Guess which one out of these two serves oysters!

Do you know any newly-opened or refurbished places RGL should visit? What about that Tasmanian restaurant with seats made out of old helicopters that just opened on your road? Maybe you've spotted that one of our photos is out of date and would like to take a new one for us? Let us know in the comments!
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Raizes, Bethnal Green, London E2

Hello everyone!

This week's featured article is Raizes, E2 9EG, a cosy Brazilian restaurant in Bethnal Green with a range of pork dishes, chilli sauces and cocktails. As well as the traditional Brazilian caipirinha, the drinks menu features the intriguing Capeta cocktail - a semi-alarming mix of cachaça (or vodka), condensed milk, cocoa and powdered guarana. That's the sort of drink that if you happened to consume it in an experimental radiation lab, you would probably end up with superpowers.

For those of you who have been missing your New Malden kimchi-grilling fix, Yami has reopened! This is great news for lovers of stir-fried baby octopus, but perhaps not such good news for the octopus itself.

Have you been to an awesome restaurant or pub recently? Perhaps your local has recently had a makeover and now does square pizzas or Möbius sausages? Let us know in the comments and we'll check it out!
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28°-50° Wine Workshop and Kitchen, Marylebone, W1

This week's featured article is 28°-50° Wine Workshop and Kitchen, W1U 2NE in Marylebone. For those wondering, apparently most vineyards are located between 28 and 50 degrees latitude. They don't even say on their website, so maybe it's just really obvious?

The one addition is Longdan Express, a Vietnamese and pan-Asian supermarket near Hoxton station on Shoreditch/Haggerston borders.

There's an update to Hackney Picturehouse cinema entry, by me, the gist of which is that it's a really nice cinema (comfy seats, big screens) and the cafe/bar is excellent too.

Reported permanent closures are: Chicago Rib Shack in Knightsbridge; and The King's Arms near Victoria station, which has closed and is set to be demolished along with all the other pubs in that area (The Stage Door, The Duke of York, The Stag) to make way for a new DEVELOPMENT called Victoria Circle. Yay.
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Hello! Unusually this week the featured article is not a place but a category: the Good Beer Guide 2013. Every year on the release of this guide, Kake uploads the 2013 pub information, and as a result a number of new pages are created in RGL (which she and other contributors try to visit before the publication date).

It's worth pointing out that the new articles that have been added as a result do not represent all the new 2013 GBG pubs, just the ones which didn't already have a page on RGL.

The new articles which are not GBG-related are: Dost, an Indian street food restaurant in Uxbridge; Bookworm, a second-hand bookshop in Carshalton; Raizes, a Brazilian restaurant in Bethnal Green; and Cafe Z Bar, a greasy spoon cafe in Stoke Newington.

So, those new GBG articles:
* All Inn One in Forest Hill;
* The Angel in Hayes End;
* The Argyll Arms in Soho;
* The Barnsbury in, er, oh guess;
* The Beehive in Bedfont;
* The Black Lion in Essex's Epping.
* The Botanist in Kew;
* The Coal Hole on the Strand;
* The Elm Park Tavern in Brixton;
* The Forester in West Ealing;
* The Grenadier in Belgravia;
* The Greyhound in Keston;
* The Hare in Bethnal Green;
* Howl at the Moon in Hoxton;
* Noble Green Wines, an off licence (not a pub) in Hampton Hill;
* The Old Sergeant in Wandsworth;
* The Queen's Head in Downe;
* The Railway Hotel in West Wickham;
* The Rising Sun in Surrey's Epsom;
* The Sir Michael Balcon in Ealing;
* The Sun in Carshalton;
* The Sussex Arms in Twickenham;
* The Swan in Hammersmith;
* The Three Greyhounds in Soho;
* The Walnut Tree in Leytonstone; and
* The Windmill in Mitcham.

No closures reported this week.
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This week's featured article is Viajante, E2 9NF, a modernist restaurant in Bethnal Green.


Recent additions to RGL include Teapod, a tea shop in Covent Garden; Kris Wines, an off licence in Camden Town; and Dial Arch, a gastropub in Woolwich.

One reported closure: Stone Horse Paper Cow near Liverpool Street.

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