I walked past The Grove in Ealing last Friday and it looked open – so I went in. The manager came over and said that they were not really open – it was just a dry run to test all their systems and staff, the pub actually opens today – October 11th.
But, he did let me get a free drink, which was nice.
This is the pub that used to be Finnegan’s Wake. FW was not a bad place – usually full of TVU students and with a focus on live music and comedy. You never went to FW for a nice meal.
The Grove seems to have turned all that around. It’s much smarter and the emphasis is clearly on offering good food in a smart pub – although I never got to see the menu, it looks like a gastro-pub and I couldn’t see the old stage area anymore.
They will need to work hard to capture this entirely new audience, but it should work – good luck to them!
I had such a great birthday at the weekend.
It started off by seeing Stephen Fry on Thursday evening at the Royal Albert Hall… though I prefer him on TV to this live show on stage. The endless chat about his memoirs felt quite forced in front of a theatre of 5,000 people. But then I stayed at the Hilton Tower Bridge that evening and spent a day as a tourist on Friday – saw The Town at the Vue Leicester Square and War Horse at the New London theatre.
Then on Saturday I had a karting race near Heathrow with mates in the afternoon and a great evening at the Rose and Crown, Ealing, where the Biblecode Sundays were playing… and about 50 friends all taking over a big section of the pub!
It was really special and something I won’t forget. Thank you to everyone who gave me gifts – I have not managed to respond personally to everyone, though I have been trying to on Facebook.
Oh, and Chippy – I guess the Billy Bragg T-shirt was from you! No name on the wrapping paper, but who else would buy me a ‘Milkman of Human Kindness’ T-shirt?
London Irish super-group Biblecode Sundays are playing Ealing this weekend with a small gig on Saturday night at the Rose & Crown pub. It’s an unusual venue for a band that headlined the Shepherd’s Bush Empire shindig on St Patrick’s Day earlier this year, but one the band is looking forward to – and it’s free for punters visiting the pub.
The band is a true mix of the great and good, with music in their blood from birth. Lead singer Ronan MacManus is the son of Ross MacManus, who achieved fame with the Joe Loss orchestra. He is also the brother of Declan, better known as Elvis Costello. Andy Nolan on accordion played with Shane MacGowan and the Popes. Drummer Carlton Hunt is from ska outfit Bad Manners, and bass player, Enda Mulloy, is the son of Tom Mulloy of the legendary Mulloy brothers.
Their best-known song ‘Maybe it’s because I’m an Irish Londoner’ name-checks many of the areas around Ealing and the Uxbridge road, so it’s a return to home turf for the west London five-piece. That song soared up the charts back in March as St Patrick’s day revellers attempted to purchase enough copies online to get the Biblecodes to number one. They were defeated by Ellie Goulding fans, but still managed to make a dent on the national singles chart with a song about the Irish community in west London.
The Rose & Crown, Church Place, St Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 4HN
Saturday 25th September, 2010
Band on stage at 8.30pm, curfew 11pm, bar closes at midnight.
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Isn’t it mad that the most read story on the BBC news at present is about a car in the Arcadia shopping centre in Ealing that crashed through the wall and ended up precariously hanging over the edge?
I live in Ealing so this is a local story for me. I noticed it first on Twitter and was surprised to see it picked up by the BBC as a news story and even more surprised to see it’s the most popular news story on the BBC website.
Mercedes must be jumping for joy with all the free publicity. A bit like the boy who could walk on walls because of the device he built at school, with all the mentions of how it was Tesco Value vacuum cleaners he was using.
It makes you wonder. Are PR professionals out there planning the next ‘hit’? There is a big multi-storey car park near Tower Bridge. Perhaps Audi/Renault/Ford is already planning to reverse a car through a brick wall next week just to see how the media react?
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Where are you watching the World Cup games – especially the England ones? I was thinking about this at the weekend. I just landed from Rio on Saturday and I really did not fancy the idea of going straight out to a sports bar rammed full of drinkers in England shirts cheering the lads on – I was a bit tired. I did want to watch the game somewhere though…
I had ignored the idea that my local would be showing the game though as they don’t usually cover sports – it’s one of those pubs that is a refuge from big FA cup games. But then I noticed on their Facebook that they had set up screens both indoors and outdoors in the garden just for the World Cup! So, I headed over to the Rose & Crown in Ealing, where I could eat food in the garden (they have a BBQ going when it is sunny), enjoy a few pints of Fullers beer (£10 a bottle in São Paulo so I appreciated local prices), and watch the England game amongst a friendly crowd with table service for pints so nobody has to stop watching the game…
The best thing was that it was crowded, but not rammed… it was possible to find a seat and have some food watching the game with a good pub atmosphere, rather than some of the other local pubs where the England experience would be standing ten deep in fans with pints sloshing all over.
I know where I’m planning to enjoy a few more of the World Cup games…
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