Pub News July 2013

The Antwerp Arms in Tottenham N17 is under threat and a public meeting has been organised to build support for the pub. It will be at the Lancasterian School in Kings Road, N17, from 6pm to 7pm on Monday 22nd July. Andy Moffat from the award winning local brewery Redemption will be there.

The Macbeth in Hoxton has had a planning application submitted for the building of a block of private flats to the back and side of the pub. A petition has been created to protest against the application, so please sign it: https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/save-the-macbeth

The Lamb in Holloway Road N7 is having a London Breweries beer festival this weekend having started Thursday night. Beers come from East London, Ha'Penny, Five Points, Shamblemoose, Weird Beard, Redemption, Clarence & Fredericks, Pressure Drop, Cronx and Hackney, all on cask. There is also plenty of craft keg and bottled beers available from Pressure Drop, Tap East, London Fields, Meantime and Camden Town. Note that the pub does not open until 2pm each day.

The Royal George in Eversholt Street, Euston, will be having a London Fields brewery tap takeover from Wednesday 24th to Wednesday 31st July. On Thursday 25th July there will be a meet the brewer session with free tastings for CAMRA members showing their membership cards. This pub is part of the Taylor Walker chain which is currently having their cider festival.

Well known as a Firkin brewpub called the Friar & Firkin, it's been known since those days as the Rocket. On the Euston Road between St Pancras and Euston, it has recently started selling real ale after more than a decade as keg only. Greene King IPA and Wells Bombardier are the regular beers and the recent guest beers have been from the Oxfordshire brewery. Alas, no firkin baps anymore.

Still in the Euston area, the Doric Arch has now joined the LocAle scheme. It is a Fuller's pub, and they sell lots of beers from other London breweries and they had a London beer festival a few months back.

As we found out on our Highgate social last week, the Dukes Head has been relaunched and now sells real ale from 10 handpumps including beers from London breweries and the many respected new micros around the country. As is the fashion in well balanced pubs, these are complemented by 10 craft kegs taps with an interesting selection. Cider and perry is now available as well. One to watch!

Over in Finsbury Park, the Fonthill (20 Fonthill Road, N4) has reopened after a few name changes over the years. It is assumed to still be called the Fonthill as all signage has been removed. One handpump was spotted from afar so assume real ale is available, possibly Tribute going by the patio umbrellas. By Finsbury Park station itself, the Railway (11 Wells Terrace) is currently closed with major building works going on to the rear. It is reported that it will open again as a much enlarged pub. It has also been reported that the Worlds End on Stroud Green Road will close at some point for a refurbishment.