Big Weekend Ahead For The Charles Holden

Local pub has special relaunch event

A landmark Colliers Wood pub is holding a special relaunch weekend, which will also raise funds for the Colliers Wood Spring Arts Festival.

The Charles Holden's "Big Weekend" takes place from Friday April 12-Sunday April 14, with a formal opening by local MP Siobhan McDonagh at 3pm on the Saturday.

The pub was formally known as the Colliers Tup, but has been taken over and renamed The Charles Holden after the architect who bought the tube to Colliers Wood in 1926.

New owners, The New Pub Company, have pledged to create a pub that will be at the heart of the Colliers Wood community.

They are now sponsoring 'Making Colliers Wood Happy' and their plans for the pub include an Allotment Society - with the pub having its own kitchen garden. Other local societies based at the pub will include a Wine Appreciation Society, a Dining Club, a Mummas & Cuppas Club and a Wine Dinner Club.

Activities planned for the Big Weekend, include face painting on Saturday, a bouncy castle on Saturday and Sunday, and live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.

A Real Ale Festival will feature beer from seven different breweries, including London-based Clarence & Fredericks, Portobello, Redemption and By the Horns.

There will be "Meet the Brewer" sessions at regular intervals during the weekend, with By the Horns, based locally off Plough Lane, opening the Ale Festival at 5pm on Friday.

Cupcakes will be on sale at £1 each, with the proceeds going to the Colliers Wood Spring Arts Festival. The pub will also donate £1 from each meal sold during the weekend.

April 5, 2013

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