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Windsor Castle, Notting Hill, London W8

Good evening all :)

This week's featured article is The Windsor Castle, located in Notting Hill (though their website says Kensington, possibly due to longstanding Hugh Grant based beef). Inside, the decor is from the 30s, though happily the real ale and traditional pub classics menu is not.

If you're hankering for a Timothy Taylor beer, but not sure what you'd like to quaff, The Bricklayer's Arms now serves the full range, and are apparently the only London pub to do so.

The Smithfield Tavern, a pub near the market, has shut down and is now a branch of Simmons Bar though we've not visited.

That's all from RGL towers for a couple weeks as we rest up and prepare for more adventuring in 2019 :)
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Welcome back! I was off on Monday traipsing around the many fine licensed establishments of Bromley (the one in South London), and then I completely forgot about this update. Here it is, in time for the weekend.

Brookmill, Deptford, London SE8

Your featured article this week is The Brookmill, SE8 4EJ. It's a long, narrow pub in an awkward corner site, with jazz on the sound system and five handpulls for ale. There is even a very interesting sounding vegan burger on the menu. Sounds like a nice place.

Lots of new additions this week, mostly pubs! I can but speculate as to this seasonal flurry of additions, but eagle-eyed readers will know this happens around this time every year:
* The Prince, a fine pub and microbrewery in leafy Wood Green, which I very much like, but watch out for the, er, ice;
* The Arnos Arms, in Arnos Grove, a big pub formerly a Harvester, but now it's not a Harvester, so that's already an improvement;
* The King's Arms in Fulham, another big pub, with ornate decor;
* The Foresters Arms, also a boutique hotel and a posh restaurant, in Hampton Wick, where you can expect a black pleather bar and some ales;
* The Henry Addington just by Canary Wharf station -- it's a Nicholson's pub in an early-90s building but it's going for an old fashioned vibe;
* The Wellington Arms (also a hotel) in not-technically-London Watford, but it doesn't sound like somewhere you'd necessarily make a special trip north for;
* The Windsor Castle in Kensington/Notting Hill, a well-divided and partitioned bar with lots of area and character, and frankly it's a surprise it hasn't been on RGL until now. Can't really go wrong, it's a classic pub, just watch out for posh locals I guess?

There's also a new entry for the distinctly not-a-pub Trullo, an Italian restaurant by Highbury Corner. It's very popular, and that makes sense given the quality of the food. Definitely one for pasta exploration.

There are also updates to The Temperance pub in Fulham (cavernous!), Dalchini in Wimbledon (Indo-Chinese food! though be careful), and The Lion in Teddington/Hampton Wick (partly a French restaurant now!).

Finally, reported permanent closure for Kenya Coffee House in Romford, which may yet find a new location.
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Big update this week, mainly thanks to Oddbins. Anyway, here we go...

Tram Stop, Addiscombe, London CR0

Our featured article is Tram Stop, CR0 6RD, which is not in fact a tram stop but is right next to one (Addiscombe tram stop that is). It's a small coffee shop and cafe. It's child-friendly, and offers newspapers and bookswap books. The food is seasonal and good too!

Two new articles are: Magma, a small Ghanaian restaurant in Thornton Heath with a fine palaver sauce; and Gojo, doing Ethiopian food in a North Kensington basement, better than it sounds.

Four reported closures we've caught up with are: the Marylebone High St branch of Nicolas wine shop; the Barnes branch of Spirited Wines; Just Falafel in Covent Garden; and Japanese restaurant Kibou in sunny Wimbledon.

Those Oddbins renamings (generally from Spirited Wines or Nicolas) are:

* the Oddbins Beer Shop in Blackheath;
* the Notting Hill branch;
* the Wimbledon branch;
* the Kew branch;
* the Baker Street branch;
* the the Crouch End branch; and
* the East Dulwich branch.
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Red Lion, Isleworth

Hello RGL crew!

This week's featured article is for the Red Lion in Isleworth, a pub with a whole bunch of interesting ales for you to try. They've got a pub dog AND a pub cat who both like Rick Astley.

Our new articles are located in West London this week: the Thatched House is a Young's pub in Hammersmith with a decent macaroni cheese and an open fire, and the Garden Bar is a bar with a garden in Notting Hill, which also features automatic mayonnaise.

There's a significant update to the Sovereign of the Seas, a Wetherspoons pub in Petts Wood. If you don't know anything about Petts Wood, the pub has a handy guide to the history of the area.

Chung Viet in Deptford has closed (for hygiene violations, so no great loss, it seems), and so has the Whitechapel branch of Mirch Masala (albeit temporarily, following a fire).
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La Cave, London SE1

Hullo RGL crew! I'm filling in for [personal profile] ewan for a bit while he is off gallivanting (i.e. probably taking pictures of a pub somewhere).

Our featured article this week is La Cave, SE1 9QQ, a French/European resturant and wine bar squirreled away down by Southwark Cathedral.

New additions to RGL include 1) Whyteleafe Tavern, a locals' pub in the sunny paradise of Whytleafe (OK I admit I had to look up where that was, it's south of Croydon so nearer the Equator - it definitely looks sunny in the photo) and 2) SM Pinoy Foods, a Filipino supermarket in Croydon that sells all sorts of mad stuff like banana blossoms and LUNGS! Brilliant!

One permanent closure is reported: Lush, Portobello Road. We also have one mysterious potential closure - Palms of Goa (Meard St branch). Rumour has it that a new outlet of Honest Burger is to replace it! Perhaps it has already? If you're in the area, why not have a look for yourself and tell us about it in the comments?
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Hello! [personal profile] ewan is on holiday so I'm back doing the featured article post this week.

This week's featured article is Builders Arms, CR0 6TP, a Fuller's pub in Croydon serving pretty good pub (not gastropub!) food.


Recent additions to RGL are Kings Tun, a Wetherspoons pub in Kingston, and Gate, a bar/club/restaurant in Notting Hill. We also have an update to the Canbury Arms, a gastropub in Kingston.

A hopefully-temporary closure to report is Bermondsey Farmers' Market. In addition, Blue Elephant Thai in Fulham has moved from Fulham Broadway to Imperial Wharf, with the new location due to open on 15 January.

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Railway Tavern Ale House, Mildmay Park, N16

The featured article this week is The Railway Tavern Ale House, N16 8JT, not too far from Dalston Kingsland station (towards Newington Green), and a rather nice place indeed.

The one new addition is Golden Chef's Grill, a greasy spoon in Croydon.

There are major updates to The Mall Tavern, a gastropub serving excellent food on the Notting Hill/Kensington borders.

Reported permanent closures are: The Mash Tun, a tiny pub in Victoria station; Samurai sushi's branch on Goodge Street; and The Tabernacle, a bar in Shoreditch, which was renamed McQueen about a year ago (but is still a bar).

Finally, one venue has been renamed: Artisan of Clerkenwell, previously known as The Priory.
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This week's featured article is Books For Cooks, W11 1NN, a Portobello Road bookshop and cafe devoted exclusively to books about cooking and food.


Recent additions to RGL include Deli Felice, a nice little local cafe near Rotherhithe Station; Bermondsey Brazilian Shop, a small Brazilian cafe and grocery shop on the Bermondsey/Rotherhithe borders; Canteen, a British restaurant in Canary Wharf; Preto, a Brazilian rodizio restaurant in Putney; and New Aroma, a Sichuan/Fujian restaurant on Gerrard Street in Chinatown.

Only one reported closure, but it's a big one: Pacific Plaza in Wembley, mooted as the replacement for the much-missed Oriental City, has now closed in its turn.

The Pacific Plaza website claims that the closure is temporary, but problems have been evident for some time. The supermarket failed to materialise despite being promised as "opening soon" for over a year, their PR agency reported repeated non-payment of invoices last December, and at the time of writing the Doki (crockery shop) website states that although all Pacific Plaza tenants had been paying their rent, Pacific Plaza was not paying their own rent to Wembley Retail Park.

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This week's featured article is Taqueria, W11 2RS, a restaurant in Notting Hill/Westbourne Green serving Mexican cafe-style food.


Recent additions to RGL include Butchers in New Malden, Matsuri in St James's, Pescheria Mattiucci in Notting Hill, and Breads Etcetera in Brixton.

Reported closures are Bou Tea in Covent Garden, S & M Cafe on Portobello Road, Efe in Stoke Newington, Yami in New Malden, and the Rifleman in Twickenham.

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This week's featured article is Joy King Lau, WC2H 7BL, a Chinese (specifically, Cantonese) restaurant in a side street just off Leicester Square.

They offer decent dim sum until 5pm, as well as a full menu of Cantonese specialties. Service is brisk and efficient.


Recent additions to RGL include Wuli Wuli in Camberwell and Taqueria in Notting Hill. One reported closure: Itsu on Wardour Street.

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