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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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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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Hello all! It's the busiest week of the year at my work, so thinking about places to eat and drink is always a pleasurable divertissement.

Mandalay Golden Myanmar, Kilburn, London NW6

This week's featured article is the extravagantly-named Mandalay Golden Myanmar, NW6 2DB, where you can enjoy all your favourite Burmese food... or is it Myanmarese? I understand there's quite a bit of politics behind the naming of the country, and who would have guessed 10-20 years ago how we'd be thinking about Aung San Suu Kyi nowadays, eh? Ah well, there's still the food, and I'm certainly intrigued to try tea leaf salad, despite some of Kake's adjectives.

Two new entries are for The Hercules, which is the bar in the old Pillars of Hercules pub building, and Naughty Piglets, a wine bar ant tapas-y restaurant in Brixton with a twee name.

Loads of updates pages, mostly for pubs...
* Kulu Kulu in Soho, a Soho sushi place;
* The Duke of Argyll in Soho;
* The Newman Arms in Fitzrovia;
* The King William IV in Leyton;
* Browns of Brockley, a cafe in Brockley;
* The Nightingale on the Green in Wanstead;
* The North Star in Leytonstone;
* Domali, a cafe/bar in Crystal Palace;
* The Crown and Sceptre in Streatham;
* The Duke of Wellington in Belgravia;
* The Dog and Fox in Wimbledon "Village" if you will;
* The Aeronaut in Acton;
* The Roebuck in Hampstead;
* The Sir Richard Steele in Belsize Park;
* The Ivy House in lovely Nunhead;
* The Rye in Peckham;
* The Herne Tavern in East Dulwich; and
* Babur Indian restaurant in Forest Hill.

Finally, there are two reported permanent closures, being The French House, a French cafe in Crystal Palace (not the Soho pub!), and Mr Lawrence in Brockley, a sad loss to the area, which has been on the decline for some time but had been a fixture there for many decades.
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Redemption, Old Street, London EC1

Evening everyone! I hope you all found time to do something interesting over the holiday weekend. We're taking a few weeks off for some beer-related investigations, but there's plenty this week to tide you over until then.

Our featured article is for Redemption in Shoreditch, a vegan restaurant with an interesting (and 100% non-alcoholic) drinks menu. I don't think I've ever heard of a cocktail with lettuce in it before, let alone drunk one.

We've been to Swanley! The station is now in TfL zone 8, giving Oystery access to the Greene King-owned Lullingstone Castle pub, the Blue Harbour fish'n'chip shop (big portions, give the peas a miss), The Chef Chinese Restaurant and Sharon's Card Crafts, which sounds like a must-visit for papercrafters.

If for some reason Swanley doesn't float your boat (perhaps you are allergic to swans?) there are new articles for Cafe Adagio in Addiscombe, the Tulse Hill Hotel pub (another Greene King establishment), Pepe Italian Street Food (a pizza/pasta takeaway in Soho), The Finsbury pub near Manor Park station and the Somali Town Restaurant in Streatham, where the menu options have a refreshing simplicity (no lettuce cocktails).

The Mimosa cafe in Herne Hill has had an update following a visit, as has the Old Ale Emporium in Harringay (not to be confused with Haringey) and our old Ewok-village friend in Finsbury Park, the Faltering Fullback.

Finally, one sad closure to report: the lovely old Tudor Rose in Marylebone is going to become a restaurant. When I worked nearby I was always happy to spend time in this pub, especially in winter with its open fire and seemingly semi-permanent Christmas decorations hung all around the walls.
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Sugahill, Sydenham, London SE26

Evening RGLers!

This week's featured article is for the Sugahill cafe in sunny Sydenham. The gang have a record fair every Sunday, so you can enjoy your brunch while listening to (maybe) Orange Juice and (perhaps) The Lovely Eggs. A delight for rappers and non-rappers both!

Non-musical additions to RGL this week: Ezo Bistro is a small but comfy cafe that just happens to be in Barking station (though you'd never know it from the inside). Our ongoing mission to explore the entirety of Tooting continues with the Ramble Inn, a friendly locals' pub with plenty of (keg) beer, while we found the Furzedown in Streatham rather loud and football-focussed for our liking.
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Hello all! This week we travel a world of food.

Maida, Streatham, London SW16

There's a new featured article again this week, which is Maida, SW16 6AB. It's a good value Somali cafe/restaurant where you can load up on as much tender lamb as you want.

New articles are: Ergon, a Greek restaurant/deli in Marylebone; Bunga Raya, a good Malaysian restaurant and takeaway in Thornton Heath; VQ, a 24hr cafe in Bloomsbury; Castle kebab shop in Walworth; and the Guy's Hospital branch of dependable coffee stall AMT Coffee.

Permanently reported closures are, sadly, the very excellent locals' pub The North Pole on the Isle of Dogs, and Moyo-Ma, a Nigerian restaurant in Walworth.
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Garden Community Cafe, Custom House, London E16

Evening all!

This week's featured article is for the Garden Community Cafe near the Excel Centre in Docklands. It's a small, cheerful place with cheap food and plenty of community spirit.

We have new articles for two eateries: Maida, a Somali cafe in Streatham, and Cirilo, which serves Filipino food in Whitechapel. If you want to find out which one does halo-halo and which one gives you free refills of rice, you'll have to click through and read them!

Royal Delight on Tower Bridge Road has temporarily shut, but is still doing takeaway, but Twins Cafe and the Lin Ji Supermarket in Peckham have closed for good, as has the King's Arms in Twickenham. And the Horseshoe Inn in London Bridge no longer does Mongolian Food! I dunno, they'll be getting rid of the dartboard next...

Finally, an advanced warning for Zone 6 dwellers/visitors: the tube will be closed for three weeks over the summer between Uxbridge and Ruislip (Metropolitan line) and Uxbridge and Rayners Lane (Piccadilly line), as they're replacing the track (more info here). So if you've booked a holiday to Hillingdon in late July you'd better get the Central line there instead!
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Mi Rancho, Nag's Head Market

Hello RGLers! An evening update for you today.

This week's featured article is for Mi Rancho, N7 6AG, a Colombian restaurant in the Nags Head Market in Holloway. It's not clear whether there's a menu, but if you can speak Spanish there's no need for one! Try the (meaty) beans: "Quiero algo delicioso, por favor" should do it.

There's a new article for Slurp, an Asian restaurant in Streatham. It has nothing to do with the wine website of the same name, as far as I can tell. They serve Japanese, Chinese and Thai food, which is good news for soba noodle fans like myself.

The Eel Pie and Prince Blucher pubs (both in Twickenham) have closed for a refurb. I hope they get all competitive and try to out-do each other with fancy curtains and brass knobs.

Tube news! The Northern and Bakerloo lines aren't stopping at Embankment tube station for most of this year, while they sort out the escalators. You're better off getting off at Charing Cross.

Unpackaged in Hackney has closed, hopefully to reopen somewhere else. Also, a reminder that Pieds Nus in Marylebone is closing as planned at the end of March, but will hopefully be moving to a brand new home.

Finally, the Workman's Cafe in Clapton has been renamed to the E5 Cafe, but otherwise it's business as usual on Chatsworth Road.
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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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Asadal, High Holborn, London WC1

Afternoon RGLers! I hope your Julys are going well so far!

This week's featured article is Asadal, WC1V 7EG, an underground Korean restaurant in Holborn. When I say 'underground' I mean that it's downstairs, not a hideout for avant-garde nonconformist activity, though I suppose "broth from pig liver & kidneys" is not quite what I'd call conformist.

The latest article to be added to RGL is the Railway pub in Streatham, which has decent food and a monthly farmer's market. There's also a significant update to the page for the Diners Delight Cafe in Thornton Heath, with details of breakfasts and accessibility (two things your RGL team are very keen on).

Tapas fans in Putney may be disappointed to learn of the closure of La Mancha, but it seems though the owners plan to move over the river to Chiswick at some point in the future. Also closed is the Fresh Pizza Company in Victoria Station, which has been boarded up during the ongoing works there, though we're not sure whether this is permanent. Finally, the Bookshop On The Heath in Blackheath is being sold by the owners and has reduced opening hours (and presumably will soon be closing altogether).
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Great Northern Railway Tavern, Hornsey, N8

This week's featured article is the refurbished and reopened Great Northern Railway Tavern, N8 7QB on Hornsey High Street.

New articles are: Deli Spice, an Indian takeaway in Lower Clapton; Cakey Muto, a cake shop and licensed cafe on the same street; The Manor Arms, a gastropub in Streatham; and Red Sea, a restaurant in Shepherd's Bush offering food from countries located around that stretch of water.

There's an update to The Old Red Lion, now an Antic pub near Kennington station.

Finally The Rye in Peckham has reopened after a significant refurbishment.
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Tapas Brindisa, Borough, SE1

This week's featured article is Tapas Brindisa, SE1 1TJ, a high turnover tapas place by the corner of Borough Market, near London Bridge station. Even on a Saturday, you should be able to get a table without too long a wait, and the food is still decent after all these years.

New articles are: Pratts and Payne, an Antic pub in Streatham replacing a Goose pub; and a short one about The Globe, a fairly unmemorable pub opposite Baker Street station.

Reported closures are: The Masons' Arms in Walworth; and The Plough Inn, another victim of Young's sell-off of their pub estate (and heritage). It's a rather attractive building, so a sad loss.
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This week's featured article is Earl Ferrers, SW16 6JF, a quiet pub in a residential area just behind Streatham Station.

They have four handpulls, with a regularly changing selection of guest ales and ciders, as well as a good selection of draught lagers and a wine list. Food is served, including weekend brunch and Sunday roast.


Recent additions to RGL include two pubs in Blackheath, the Crown and the Railway, and the Bookshop on the Heath, also in Blackheath.

One reported closure: the Old Wick in Bexley.

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This week's featured article is Fish Bone, W1T 6NF, a fish restaurant and takeaway in Fitzrovia, specialising in fish and chips.


Recent additions to RGL include the Draft House at Tower Bridge, the Marylebone on Marylebone High Street, the Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich, the Square Tavern in Euston, and Native Hop in Streatham.

One reported closure: the King's Head in Kilburn.

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