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Hack and Hop, Blackfriars, EC4

Evening all :)

This week's featured article is Hack and Hop, a small City pub that impressed our reviewers with its extensive selection of quality ales and sharing platters. Truly it is a pub of distinction!

Speaking of platters, down Croydon way, Seima's Tea Room situated in the Centrale branch of House of Fraser serves a cracking loose-leaf tea and sanger platter.

Another Cronx cafe with updates is a bit of a Blur, to steal callback Kat's introduction to the Parklife Cafe on the edge of Lloyd Park. On this visit, bruschetta with a German twist was well received, accompanied with a generous slug of tea.

We've one reported closure this week - The Polish Kitchen in Cheshunt has been replaced by a pizza and pasta restaurant called Zio's.
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Koya, Cannon Street, London EC4

Good evening ya'll!

If you're looking for advice on where to seek out Japanese noodles in the City, "udon" well in reading this update. Koya serves up udon in a variety of temperatures in a rich and salty broth. Expect solid competence in a modern setting, with efficient service.

Two new articles have been added: Ma La, a Sichuan restaurant in Westminster which can accommodate small and large groups, though you might benefit from scattering across smaller tables if you want to reach the lazy susan. There's also Planet of the Beans, a child-friendly cafe in Selsdon serving an interesting interpretation of eggs royale.

Updates have been made to Ealing Park Tavern, where a pint of lime and soda is £2 and the mains are tasty, albeit on on the small side. Updates have also been made to The Speaker, a small pub in Westminster with a good selection of beers that passed the RGL drinkable taste test.

If you're looking for Stanfords, an excellent map shop in Covent Garden, note it's moved around the corner from Long Acre to Mercer Walk.

That's it for a fortnight as we prepare for and recover from Croydon Fun Weekend :)
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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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Owl & The Pussycat, West Ealing, London W13

RGL Massive - HELLO!

This week's featured article is the charmingly named The Owl and the Pussycat, a micropub housed in a former children's bookshop. It's kept some of the original occupants' vibe with owl and pussycat tat, and lots of bookshelves, one containing a Ladybird book entitled "Peter and Jane Get Cihhorisis". Okay not really. It does offer real ale and a friendly atmosphere with informative and helpful staff.

A new page has been added for the recently opened Vue Bromley, although we haven't visited yet.

Battersea Park drinkers take note: The Duchess is dead, long live the Duchess Belle. There has been a change of management since we've last visited, so maybe drop by and let us know how it measures up against 2009's experience.

Finally, there are five reported closures, all pubs:
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Handpumps at the Red Lion, Bromley, London BR1

Beer fans celebrate! All the new Good Beer Guide 2019 entries have been uploaded. There are 306 in total, so why not visit a local watering hole, or wander to a new 'hood to quench your thirst?

New articles include Lounge 101, an Indian restaurant and bar in Ruislip with some interesting ideas about service. If you're round Ruislip way and fancy a beer, there's Hop and Vine, a micropub which as expected is small, but happy to make room for canine friends. Finally, the West Norwood Library and Picturehouse in, you guessed it, West Norwood, opened its doors, though we've not visited yet.

Updates have been made to Somali Town Restaurant in Streatham. It serves up hefty portions of food, though with slightly carbonized anjero on this visit.

In closure news, Halcyon Books in Greenwich has permanently shut. Masaledar, an Indian restaurant twixt the Tootings Bec and Broadway is also shut, although we're uncertain if this is temporary or permanent.
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Roti Joupa, Clapham, London SW4

Evening readers!

This week's featured article is for Roti Joupa, a Trinidadian takeaway near Clapham North tube. I don't tend to venture to Clapham much (unless I've got on the wrong Overground train at Canada Water without realising), but I might make an exception for somewhere that sells macaroni pie. I enjoy macaroni, I enjoy pie, I also enjoy tamarind sauce - perhaps one day I will even enjoy Clapham?

Regular readers will recall last week's spoiler alert concerning a jaunt to Bromley ('the place where broom grows'), resulting in new pages for Sanxia, a Sichuan/Hubei Chinese restaurant, and the Star and Garter pub. There's also updates for the Red Lion, the Barrel & Horn, and Indian restaurant/hotel Tamasha, which has mucky pictures in the loos "ancient Indian artwork of an adult nature". One can only hope it's up to the standard of the infamous decor of Cafe Bangla (aka the Princess Di place) on Brick Lane.

How might one get to Bromley, I hear you ask? The direct path is unlikely to involve Cannon Street, but if you find yourself in said station you could visit the Sir John Hawkshaw Wetherspoons or nearby Japanese restaurant Koya. But where *can* you get to from Cannon Street? Douze points to whoever said Sidcup ('a flat topped hill'), where there are three pub updates, for the Hackney Carriage microbrewery, the Alma and the Hill Top Tap.

Right at the top of Green Lanes in Winchmore Hill, there's a new page for the Little Green Dragon pub, and an update for Turkish restaurant Big Seff. There's also a new page for the Temple Brew House bar and microbrewery, just off the Strand.

Finally we come back to Trigger's Bromley, where the Cineworld is temporarily closed, while it transforms chrysalis-style into a Picturehouse.
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Santok Maa's, Thornton Heath, London CR7

Good evening ya'll!

This week's featured article is Santok Maa's, a totally vegetarian and vegan-friendly Indian restaurant in Thornton Heath. It serves a good selection of savoury food as well as sweets, and has been visited frequently by Kake. I'd like to sample the house speciality of Nairobi bhajia (battered potato slices) which is allegedly too large a portion for one, which feels like a challenge!

We've got a heap of new pub pages:


But wait! There's more! Updates have been made to even more pub pages:


In non-pub news, updates have been made to Sunrise Jacket Potato and Oriental Food, a Filipino cafe in Romford, beating Fish in a Tie for this week's best business name, which truly is saying something. 

Reported closures this week are Bull and Last on the edge of Hampstead Heath, although it's only temporary. Permanent closures have been reported for central Croydon's Roti Masters as part of the redevelopment of St George's Walk, and Beer Rebellion in Crystal Palace.
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Beer Rebellion, Sydenham, London SE26

Evening RGL crew!

This week's featured article is for the Sydenham branch of Beer Rebellion, a micropub run by the Late Knights brewery dudes. It's a bit more spacious than the Gipsy Hill Beer Rebellion, which we've also visited recently and thus have a brand new page for. The Sydenham branch has a revolving menu with different popups taking over their kitchen each week (this weekend for example, it was tapas). The Gipsy Hill branch meanwhile has a more stable menu: half burgers, half 'not burgers'.

It's not all about the beers and binary burgers this week though! There are new pages for Saffron, a decent Nepalese/Indian takeaway in Tulse Hill, and for Ponchokhana, a small Bangladeshi cafe in Whitechapel which sounds like a handy place to stop for a 'not burgers' lunch.
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Sorry for the gap in service, as [personal profile] kake has been rather busy. However, I'm helping out and will run through the weekly updates.

Railway Bell, Hampton, London TW12

The featured article this week is The Railway Bell, TW12 2AP, a Good Beer Guide pub in Hampton.

Since the last update the following pages have been added: The Railway Tavern Ale House, a reopened pub just near Dalston Kingsland with six ales and Thai food; The Breadroom, a cafe in Brixton Market; The White Swan, a Wetherspoon's at Highbury Corner; The Kentish Canteen, a cafe in Kentish Town; Ye Olde Swan, a Greene King pub, and The Red Lion, a slightly better pub, both in Thames Ditton (technically in Surrey); Pizza Napolitana, a takeaway in Croydon; Restaurante Santafereno, a Colombian restaurant in Brixton Village; Moyo-Ma, a Nigerian restaurant in Walworth; Tap East, a microbrewery and bar in Westfield Stratford City (E20); Cook Il Kwan, a Korean restaurant in New Malden; and The Anthologist, a bar in the City. Phew!

Reported closures are: Positively 4th Street, a New York-style bar near Euston; The Queen Dowager, a Young's pub in Teddington; Somers Town Coffee House, a gastropub between the British Library and Euston; and Avella's Cafe, a sandwich shop just off the top of Regent Street.

Future updates should be a little shorter, as we'll try to keep them regular.
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This week's featured article is Royal Standard, CR0 1SS, a lovely little Fuller's pub in Croydon.

It has board games, a dart board, chairs with misericords, excellent pies, and a beer garden; and it's been one of my favourite pubs for quite some time.


The big news on RGL this week is the addition of the Good Beer Guide 2012 category, plus all the pubs in it that we didn't already have listed. 36 new pubs were added to RGL, 18 of them with proper writeups (having been visited by me and/or [personal profile] ewan in the two weeks between my advance copy of the GBG arriving and the official publication date). The other 18 are currently "stub" entries which mainly contain addresses, opening hours, and links to other people's reviews; we'll be filling these in as soon as possible.

Other recent additions to RGL include Okan, a Japanese restaurant in Brixton; Casa Morita, a Mexican taqueria in Brixton; and the Cow, a Geronimo pub in the exciting new postal district E20.

Reported closures are Bombay By Night in Hampton, Donzoko in Soho, and Taste Of India in Covent Garden.

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This week's featured article is Silk Road, SE5 8TR, a Chinese restaurant in Camberwell offering food from Xinjiang, a province in the far northwest of China.

One of the characteristic dishes of Xinjiang is big-plate chicken (大盤雞), a stew of chicken and potatoes in a rich, savoury gravy. Silk Road's rendition is pretty good, but huge, so take lots of friends with you!


Recent additions to RGL include Bibimbap Soho, a Korean restaurant on Greek Street; and the Hoop and Grapes, a Nicholson's pub in Aldgate.

We've also updated several older pub writeups: the Old Wheatsheaf and Moon Under Water in Enfield; the King's Head and King's Ford in Chingford, and the Green Dragon in Croydon.

One reported closure: Noodle Oodle (previously Inn Noodle) on Oxford Street. Their Queensway branch remains open.

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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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This week's featured article is Holly Bush, NW3 6SG, a Good Beer Guide pub in Hampstead.

It was acquired by Fuller's early last year, but they didn't really change much about it. The interior is all nooks and alcoves, candles on the tables, lots of wood, exposed floorboards, and wines written up on a blackboard on the wall. It can get crowded at times, but if you can get there off-peak, it's well worth a visit.


Recent additions to RGL include Laksha Bay, an Indian restaurant in Shadwell, and Ping Pong on the South Bank, another branch of this cocktails-and-dim-sum chain.

Reported closures are Benjys in Earl's Court and Great Harry in Woolwich, the latter of which was set on fire by criminal toerags during the recent riots. (Various other businesses are temporarily closed due to said riots, but we won't be marking them as closed on RGL unless this state of affairs is likely to continue for more than a week.)

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This week's featured article is Pilpel, E1 6AT, a self-proclaimed "falafel and houmous bar" in Spitalfields near Liverpool Street Station.

The menu is entirely vegetarian, and focuses on falafel and houmous with optional extras such as pitta bread, aubergine, and/or hard-boiled egg.

They've just opened another branch in the City, too, on Paternoster Square in the premises most recently occupied by Glo (next to The Whisky Shop).


Recent additions to RGL include the Red Lion, a recently-opened Antic pub in Leytonstone, and Bea's at One New Change, a cafe and tea shop in the One New Change development near St Paul's. We've also updated our writeups of the Antelope, another Antic pub in Tooting, and the Olde China Hand, a pub near Sadler's Wells in Clerkenwell.

No reported closures, unless there's something I've forgotten!

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This week's featured article is Leong's Legend, W1D 6AX, a small Taiwanese restaurant in Chinatown offering some rather good dim sum. Their xiao long bao are among the best I've had in London.


Recent additions to RGL include the Horseshoe, a craft beer gastropub in Hampstead; the Duke of Edinburgh, a locals' pub in Wood Green; the Pembroke Castle, a pub in Primrose Hill; and the Man of Kent, a locals' pub in Nunhead. It's been quite a pubby week; we also updated our writeup of the Ivy House in Nunhead.

Reported closures are Long Time Cafe in Brockley, Tadim Cafe in Camberwell, and Himalayan Spice in Chiswick.

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This week's featured article is Bookshop On The Heath, a family-run second-hand bookshop in Blackheath.


Recent additions to RGL include Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, a restaurant in Knightsbridge; Craft Beer Co., a craft beer pub in Clerkenwell (and the second opening from the team behind Cask in Pimlico); Roganic, a restaurant in Marylebone; and Homemade Cafe, a café in East Dulwich.

One reported closure: Yummy Yummy on Old Kent Road.

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This week's featured article is Gaylord, W1W 7SJ, a long-established Indian restaurant near Oxford Street.

(While writing this, I realised that it was a featured article a couple of years back. But I am very tired, so it can be one again.)

Recent additions to RGL include Old Red Lion, a real ale pub in Clerkenwell; Breakspear Arms, a Greene King pub in Ruislip; and the Crown, another real ale pub in Borough.

One reported closure: Seki-Tei in Twickenham.

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This week's featured article is Red Lion And Sun, N6 4BE, a food-led pub in Highgate. They have two beer gardens, and put on hog roasts in the warmer months.


Recent additions to RGL include St James Supermarket in Bermondsey and King's Cross Social Club in King's Cross.

Two reported closures: Grosvenor Arms in Mayfair and Jaspers in Walworth.

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This week's featured article is Wilmington Arms, EC1R 4RL, a pub on Rosebery Avenue just by Exmouth Market, in Clerkenwell.

It hosts comedy and live music, but also works as a normal pub, with food and real ale.


Recent additions to RGL include Hassan Bros on Tower Bridge Road, Cool Monkey in Holland Park, and the Fountain in New Malden.

The Oakdale Arms in Harringay has closed for good, and Wonderful Patisserie in Colindale may also have closed, though we haven't confirmed this.

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This weeks featured article is the Euston Tap. A new pub in front of Euston Station with a large and interesting selection of beers.

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