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Historic buildings and planning consultant with passion for real ale, the breweries that brew them, the pubs that serve them, and the history that goes with all of the above.

Advising owners and investors on alterations and repairs to listed or unlisted historic pubs.

I sometimes need help with the history of some of the pubs I'm researching, especially if they have now closed and/or are no longer the social magnets they were.

Particular interests: breweries, pub protection, InterWar pubs (built 1919- 1939). Assets of Community Value. Lobbying government on greater pub protection through the planning system.

CAMRA Campaigner of the Year 2013 award for pubs protection work

Identify your local branch at CAMRA www.camra.org.uk/branches to contact your local Pub Protection Officer.

Username: crumblyoldruins

Age: 58

Sex: female

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The Victoria Stakes, Muswell Hill

I am very reliably informed that this pub is now being scouted by property developers. If it is being offered under the table, it could become a Tesco overnight. Please contact your local CAMRA branch for pub defence support and don't waste any time.

1 Jul 2013 01:38

The Candlemaker, Battersea

Bit of a chequered career this pub, previously the Bellevue then the Greyhound and now renamed Candlemaker.
A re-launch refurb of beautiful 1930s pub (by Sidney Clark FRIBA for Charringtons) stripped the interior plaster along one wall for a distressed 'warehouse' look, and the original and striking exterior copper lanterns have been replaced. Several internal walls have been knocked through to make it a more or less open plan space and the kitchen relocated upstairs. There is a fireplace at the far end near the garden, an unusual and cosy feature.
The garden has been refitted with booths to the front and an unusual zig zag rear wall with shelves and smoking shelter to the rear.
Beer has been variable in quality although the Sambrooks Pale Ale I had was OK. A Laines bitter was 'off'. Haven't tried the food but my companions said it was OK but expensive for pub grub. The music is quite loud.
Before opening they proudly announced that they were going to focus on real ales and there are four handpumps (possibly more) but I usually find there are two on. Still early days. Might be worth giving them some more time to 'bed in' before a visit.

29 Jan 2013 15:45

The Leamington, Acton

Nice 1930s corner pub in residential area. Community pub.

7 Dec 2012 11:32

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