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Mirth, Marvel & Maud, Walthamstow, London E17

Hello RGL crew! It's that time of year again where we explore the new entries in the Good Beer Guide. Which means a whole bunch of new pub articles for you to peruse at your leisure:

- The Albion (plenty of real cider in Kingston)
- The Angel (the Wetherspoons close to Angel tube station)
- The Antwerp Arms (a community-owned pub in Tottenham)
- The Black Horse (dog-friendly pub on the Kingston/Norbiton borders)
- The Brewhouse and Kitchen (microbrewery in Highbury)
- The Cricketers (Stonegate pub beside Epsom Common)
- Cronx (bar in the Croydon Boxpark, run by the Cronx brewery)
- Draft House Old Street (fashionable outpost of the ever-growing chain)
- The Dundee Arms (gloomily lit, narrow pub in Bethnal Green)
- The Flag (large pub by Watford Junction station)
- The Greenwood Hotel (huge Wetherspoons in Northolt)
- The Greystoke (Greene King pub on the Ealing/West Acton border, but with a better beer selection than that would immediately suggest)
- The Hope (sounds like a pleasant place to watch the cricket in Richmond)
- Jono's (oddly-decorated pub in Ilford)
- The Midland Hotel (stained glass and hexagons in Hendon)
- Mirth, Marvel and Maud (see picture above - an Antic pub and performance space, in a converted cinema in Walthamstow)
- The Mitre (more stained glass, this time in North Sheen)
- The Mossy Well (Wetherspoons in Muswell Hill featuring a large model cow)
- The North Star (bare lightbulbs in Ealing)
- The Northcote (above average pizza in Leytonstone)
- The Shelverdine Goathouse (Antic pub in South Norwood)
- The Taproom (deep fried courgettes in Woolwich)

Next week there'll be some non-pub updates! Stay tuned...
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Hornbeam Cafe, Walthamstow, London E17

Hello RGL crew! A quick update this week (the lurgy is improving by all accounts).

Our featured article is the cheerful Hornbeam Cafe in Walthamstow. It's volunteer-run and totally vegetarian, and according to their website they also do environmentally-friendly refills for cleaning products as well as food.

There's a new page for Sea Fare, a chippie in Battersea with a Greek flavour to it. We also have an update for the Masque Haunt, a reliable Wetherspoons by Old Street station - quite handy for Ironmonger Row swimming baths, if you require a post-swim pint/carbohydrate combo (this seems to happen to me a lot).
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Plum Tree Cafe, Greenwich, London SE10

Hello all! Apologies for the slight delay this week - leaves on the line, and such*.

Our featured article is for the PlumTree Cafe in Greenwich, a child-friendly spot with plenty of veggie options and most importantly, an all-day breakfast menu.

A bunch of new pages have sprung up this week! Fresh Fields Market in Croydon has a good beer selection as well as fruit and veg; the Duke's Head in Highgate is a very pleasant pub with lots of nice beer and gin cocktails, and the Wild Card Brewery Tap Bar in Walthamstow is also pretty great for beer fans, though it's a bit out of the way. I've been to the latter two establishments and I would firmly recommend both! My verdict is a bit less certain regarding the Waterloo Bar and Kitchen though - reasonable bistro food but quite pricey. Better value in Waterloo is Po Cha, a Korean restaurant recently moved from near the Centrepoint building, and the Waterloo branch of Wahaca.

There are three pub updates following visits: the Express Tavern in Brentford, the Wellington by Waterloo station, and the Albion in East Molesey. The Express looks like the pick of the bunch to me.

Elsewhere, Da Vinci's bar in Waterloo has closed, as has the Fountain Restaurant inside Fortnum & Mason's.

Finally we can give a big RGL welcome to Dartford Station, which has joined TfL Zone 8 and thus has become 12.5% more excellent!

*Okay, fine. I was buying woodland-animal-shaped biscuit cutters in Ikea.
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Olde Rose and Crown, Walthamstow, London E17

Hullo all! This week's featured article is for the Olde Rose & Crown in Walthamstow. It's a theatre pub with plenty of handpumps full of tasty beer, and a occasional pop-up pizza truck outside for your carbohydrate needs. What with the Dough Bro dudes down the road at the Wild Card Brewery, Walthamstow is currently spoilt for pop-up pizza truck choice.

Elsewhere there's a new article for the Clapham Junction branch of burrito emporium Tortilla, and an update following a recent visit to Vanilla Black, a fancy 100% veggie restaurant near Chancery Lane.

Slightly sub-par Indian restaurant Monsoon in New Cross has closed, as have two pubs in Farringdon: the gastro-orientated Coach & Horses, and the Sekforde Arms which has finally seen its lease expire. Having spent a number of evenings in there over the years quaffing pints of Ordinary, I've grown quite fond of it and will be sorry to see it go, even though I once saw a mouse running into the kitchen.
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Essex Roti Hut, Rainham, London RM13

Evening all!

This week's featured article is for the Essex Roti Hut in Rainham, serving Caribbean food for both locals and hungry travellers to sunny Rainham. (The average July rainfall in Rainham is just 40.7mm, well below the UK average of around 78mm, so I can legitimately call it sunny.) Be warned: the veggie ackee isn't veggie!

There are two new articles this week. The first is for the Blue Tree Kitchen, just off the South Bank near the Oxo Tower. I got my lunch there today - a sort of shredded courgette, roasted sweet potato and feta bake thing. It was ok, if a bit salty, but had enough veg in it to convince me I was eating something healthy. I can confirm this is par for the course. Secondly we have Xhauri, an Albanian restaurant in Walthamstow with an informal atmosphere and traditional dishes I would seek advice on how to pronounce.

There's an update to the article for the Great Northern Railway Tavern in Hornsey following a visit. The beer selection sounds great and there's free wifi. And the average July rainfall is a tiny 34.8mm! Let's all go to Hornsey for our summer hols!
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Railway, Streatham, London SW16

The featured article is The Railway, SW16 5SD. You'll have guessed two things about this pub: it's near a railway station and it's in Streatham. The station is Streatham Common in fact. It had only London ales on tap on our RGL correspondent's visit, and did an excellent salad.

Loads of additions this week too. There's Bruce Castle Museum (and local history archive) in Tottenham. We now have Cafe Royal, a cafe (!) in Park Royal (!), and on a similarly straightforward naming strategy, Burgers and Coctkails in Marylebone, which serves... oh I think you can guess; it used to be called Guerilla Burgers and garnered some pretty bad reviews, so I guess they tried rebranding. There's also The Toll Gate, a very Wetherspoony Wetherspoon's in Turnpike Lane, Lituanica grocery store in Walthamstow, Venerdi Italian restaurant in Lower Clapton (the old Thang Long House), and Mirch Masala's Goodmayes branch.

There are updates to The Anerley Arms, Yas Iranian restaurant near Olympia, and The Bull Inn in far-flung St Paul's Cray (where? why not look at the article to find out!).

Finally, we have been told that The Old Duke of Cambridge, a pub in Bow, may have closed so any further information confirming/denying this would be gratefully received.
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This week's featured article is Craft Beer Co., EC1N 7TR, a pub focused on craft beer (cask and keg), based in the Hatton Garden area of Clerkenwell. It's run by the people behind Cask in Pimlico, another fine pub if you like your beer.

Craft Beer Co. has 16 handpulls for ale, and 21 keg beer fonts, all dispensing beers from the UK as well as specially-imported beers from Europe and Asia, some of which aren't available anywhere else in the UK.


Recent additions to RGL include the Brownswood, a recently-relaunched pub on the borders of Finsbury Park; the Beauchamp, a pub in Knightsbridge; the Waddon, a pub in, guess where, Waddon; the Tamworth Arms, a pub in Croydon; and Priya, which is not a pub, but a South Indian and Sri Lankan restaurant in Walthamstow.

We also added all the new DLR stations: Star Lane, Abbey Road, Stratford High Street, and Stratford International, though the individual writeups are much less interesting than the DLR category map.

One permanent closure reported: the Railway pub in Mortlake.

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