High Street Update – Updated (Again)

It’s been a while hasn’t it? Some would say too long. Others might say it’s not been long enough since our last high street update. We’ve not been totally idle though, because we’ve published our Twickenham mega-shopping list which indexes the 220+ retail outlets in central and west Twickenham and discusses the future of shopping in the town. We’re certainly not short of retail space although some of the shops listed certainly appear short of customers. But there are success stories too. Have a look and have your say on the Twickenham retail experience and on the likely winners and losers. The link is below. In the meantime, here’s a quick update on what’s going down on the mean streets of ‘Nam.

OCTOBER UPDATES:

JoJoLoo cafe and “mini-super” on Heath Road has closed. Open for less than year, it’s a shame when small businesses close but you have to think that this one was never really going to work. There’s no shortage of cafes and convenience stores in the area and another small one of each was always going to find it hard to carve out a share of the market.

Halfords on King Street could be about to close, turned into two units and be replaced by a Costa Coffee in one and something else in another. A charity shop perhaps?? See the comments section for more information on this. An eagle eyed reader spotted the premises on a commercial property website accompanied by the warning that staff were not aware of the building being put up to let. Would a national retail chain and a letting agent really make a mistake like that? Who knows.

You want coffee? You’ll get coffee. In addition to the Costa above we were tipped off by @mrscarolineh on Twitter that the former Clintons shop is to become a Harris + Hoole coffee shop. And guess what? On their website they even use the words “artisan coffee” in an apparently unironic way. Although essentially a family affair, Tesco now hold a stake in H+H, which means there’s a bit of clout behind those artisan coffee beans.

The same tweet also alerted us to the demise of Bathrooms4All on York Street. The national chain has gone into administration and the Twickenham store is now closed. Will the administators be able to salvage any kind of viable business? Will the Twickenham store re-open? It certainly never looked like a candidate for long term roaring success – a large retail space selling bathrooms in a town centre dominated by coffee shops, charity shops and stores selling ‘essentials’ – but we could be wrong.

O’Zon has become O’Gone. The (mostly) Chinese restaurant has been around for a few years but seems to be yet another place to fall prey to the economic climate. Some people loved it but here at twickerati HQ the view is that when it came to takeaways, it started off really well but then became distinctly average. What’s your view?

We’ve also heard that Din’s Grill on York Street has now closed.

Milestone Commercial have tipped us off (below) that Reuben’s Bakehouse will be opening at 54 Heath Road (used to be the South African shop). We’re talking wood burning oven, proper bread, a top baker – it all sounds good and all that’s left is to make sure we don’t use the word ‘artisan’ anywhere. Perhaps you know him from Ham or Kew Market?

Fancy dress shop Staggerin on Heath Road has closed down. Now what are you going to do when you get that last minute invite to a 70s themed party? And there’s a new charity shop, Together As One, in what used to be the ABC Pharmacy on King Street which is being run “in association with Richmond Furniture Scheme”. Is it an “artisan charity shop”? If it isn’t, we reckon one will be along soon enough.

Martin & Co the lettings and estate agent have moved from The Green to 44 London Road in central Twickenham (corner place, opposite Happicraft, got it?). What with Websters recently arrived on Heath Road and Foxtons due to appear on York Street, you have to say, “Ambassador, with these estate agents you are really spoiling us”.

On the subject of pubs (which we weren’t) The Aleksander on Richmond Road in East Twickenham opens for business on 2nd October. Previously known as The Rising Sun and The Marble Hill, the pub has been refurbed and reviatalised under new ownership. It’s named after the owner’s son, apparently. Nearby The Crown is still closed pending its refit.

And talking of closed, Angelo’s the (sort of) Italian restaurant on Heath Road looks to be in a bad way. A sign in the window says it’s “closed by order of our bank until further notice”. It looks like tax could have something to do with it if this bankruptcy notice from July is anything to go by, as spotted by ‏@armakarma on Twitter. Most people would agree that the restaurant isn’t what it used to be back in the days when Angelo himself was running it, but it’s often still busy at weekends and popular with the lycra clad Twickenham Cycling Club for their post-ride refreshment. Where will they go now? Will it return?

Angelo’s closed (1/10/12)

Raising the Bar
Most of the recent high street action seems to have taken place on the booze and food front. The George on King Street has had a bit of makeover and marketing push to go with it. We’ve probably reached a position where most of the pubs and bars in the town centre have had a refurb of some sort in the last 18 months or so, which is good news for drinkers.

We’re also liking the fact that the long defunct Ranch pub on York Street has been brought back into use. Ales & Tails, is a pop up ‘craft bar’ offering cocktails, unusual and regional beers, and a few interesting little numbers such as its signature drink, gin and rhubarb tonic. It took a while to ‘pop up’ and it’ll close again on Saturday 22nd to get a proper refit before re-opening, all gins blazing, on 24th October. Got to be worth a visit?

And finally, Rileys sports and snooker bar has just received permission to add bingo to its repetoire. We’ll resist the temptation to make any kind of bingo related joke but feel free to make up your own.

Food for Thought

Heavenly Dish

Heavenly Dish who specialise in corporate and private catering have opened a cafe outlet on Heath Road. As well as a small but interesting menu they’re also offering courses on Thai and Japanese cuisine and cookery skills ‘master classes’.

Those who speculated that Karahi Spices on Heath Road would be “opening soon” for longer than it ever actually stayed in business proved to be correct. The place is now being turned into a vegetarian and vegan restaurant, Blah Blah Blah which has been based in Shepherd’s Bush for many years but is now heading south west. Having a dedicated veggie place in Twickenham is an interesting development but it will be the fifth restaurant business to occupy that spot in the last five or six years. And by a not very interesting co-incidence, what was one of the restaurants previously occupying the space? You’ve got it, Heavenly Dish. So best of luck to both of them with their new ventures.

Elsewhere, on York Street, one former restaurant premises that is going the way of the devil is what used to be Shanghai Village. Word is that Foxtons estate agents will be moving in. Yay! Although Shanghai Village had its fans, we’ve also had a few comments on here about the glut of restaurants in the town but were all those people who wanted fewer eateries dreaming of the time when another estate agent would set up in Twickenham. Probably not. Substituting an estate agent for a restaurant doesn’t feel like progress but an occupied shop has to be better than an empty one. Perhaps there’s another house price boom on the way? It doesn’t exactly feel like it.

That’s all for now. Don’t go changin’.

LINKS:
* The twickerati Twickenham Shopping Index

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83 responses to “High Street Update – Updated (Again)

  1. Boss

    Any reason to go there and not Cafe Zizou? I’d doubt it.

  2. Copthallresident

    Blah blah blah have been going 23 years in Shepherds Bush. The food looks delicious. Perhaps it is a chance to find out if the state of our High Street is the result of naive people coming in with dodgy business propositions or whether it is just us……

    http://www.blahvegetarian.com/index.html

  3. Tab Boulleh

    The new ‘gourmet’ (or should that be artisan?) vegetarian restaurant on Heath Rd will be officially opened on Sunday, open to the public from then on. Let’s hope it’s more successful than all the previous businesses on that site.

    • David

      I read so much about Luluz on here I decided to pop along yesterday.

      As I arrived I glanced through the window and noticed the place was full of pushchairs and arrogant Mums breastfeeding their babies in full view.

      Inside is small. I did not go in I could not imagine myself trying to enjoy a warm drink surrounded by a load of breast feeding mums.

      Why can’t they feed the babies at home instead of cluttering up a small cafe?

      It is off putting.

    • Mr Coffee Bean

      I agree. Have been going there on and off for a while. Last two times you couldn’t move for buggies and braying mums. I’m sorry for the nice ladies who run it but I shan’t be going again. Not your fault, ladies!

    • Copthallresident

      Da Vinci seems to have gone dark now. It is beyond depressing.

      David, Why should mothers be confined to home or some horrible little cubicle next to the toilet to feed their babies? What they are doing is natural, and the best thing for their babies, and society. The more that it is accepted and sociable the more mothers will persevere, so attitudes like yours are actually anti social. Most people do not find it off putting. I find it heart warming. If you have a personal issue then deal with it yourself you have no right to inflict your personal prejudices on other people. Some horrible waitress told me “there’s a place for that” in the John Lewis café 19 years ago, for which I got a personal apology from the Board. I would have hoped that such sad outdated attitudes had died out by now.

      Hopefully if people like you don’t prevail Luluz stands a chance of being a thriving business, something we all want to see in our High Street.

    • Simon H

      Quite right, Copthall. The council’s business plan for Twickenham depends on it being a place where people have coffee during the day and socialise. Mums and babies are a key part of that.

    • Da Vinci have been in touch. Seems to be kind of dispute going on so not necessarily down to poor trading. Hope to have more & accurate info soon.

    • How can you possibly think feeding a baby is ‘arrogant’? If you don’t want to see it, don’t look. And babies need feeding when they need feeding. When you become a grown-up you might understand this.

  4. Boss

    The Cakes Shop up Heath Road seems to have blown its candles out for the last time.

  5. Yvonne Hewett

    Cook! is opening in the premises at the corner of the London Road and Holly Road. They already have a branch in Teddington, and they’re good news: pre-prepared, frozen meals. A tad pricey, but I’ve never had a bad result from them.

  6. twickerman

    There will be more empty shops in the town centre if Solum’s station retail/residential plans go ahead.

    Why did the council approve even more retail space?

  7. Simon H

    Five empty shops in a row on Heath Road, now. Not good.

    • David Mawson

      Terrible.

    • Boss

      But we can do better than Jojoloo, surely? Apart from the crap name, what really annoyed was the handwritten “bakery” signs which implied something was baked on the premises. Good riddance.

    • Simon H

      We get what we can financially support, Boss.

    • jimbo

      That little block is an architectural disaster, sandwiched between two much better looking blocks. perhaps someone could knock it down and start again?

    • Walkinthepark

      Jojoloo was yet another case of someone thinking that if they open a shop people will come, instead of thinking if we open a shop what will make people come, if anything. I find it very depressing seeing these people sat in their cafes, shops, flower shops etc wondering why they have no customers. How much of their life savings have they sunk in these ventures? I think some are guilty of naivety, and ignorance of basic marketing but deserve some sympathy, rather than “good riddance”. Others pass off their losses by not paying suppliers and staff (as happened at Yummies who didn’t pay their staff their final months salaries and threatened them with reporting them to the immigration authorities if they took it further). Good riddance to them perhaps but it’s still a sad situation.

      If we are going to have High Street Managers, strategies etc. a little leaflet, or offer of advice from the Council for prospective shopkeepers just highlighting some basic principles of marketing, some background on the demographics of Twickenham and what has worked and what not would be a more effective means of achieving a High Street that isn’t a sinkhole for failing businesses than widening the pavement for more cafes.

      However that would make it more difficult for the Landlords wouldn’t it, so possibly not a very Tory thing to do.

    • Simon H

      Completely agree. To bid a shop “good riddance” is rather cold, to say the least.

    • Boss

      Ok, maybe a bit harsh. Good bye and good luck. And spot on with the naivety point.

    • twickerman

      There will be more empty shops in the town centre if Solum’s station retail/residential plans go ahead.

      Why did the council approve even more retail space?

    • Simon H

      Very, very good question.

  8. Mike

    Having occasionally visited the pub formerly known as The Marble Hill / The Rising Sun / That Rubbish Beefeater with bated breath through about five changes of ownership and three wholesale refurbs over the years, I’d have to say “The Aleksander’s” new owners might just have cracked it – though probably shouldn’t speak too soon given the numerous failures on the site. Not exactly a traditional boozer but quite nicely decorated and furnished and some interesting enough ales and wines. Haven’t tried the food. Much needed in the deserts of E Twickenham if they can get it right.

  9. interested to see Whitstable ( which has a real High St with three butchers and 3 greengrocers) is about to boycott H&H Coffee as it is apparently 49% owned by Tesco.

  10. Steve P

    Not looking too good for the Crown, the pub easily mistaken for a beached battleship. Due to reopen in “late September”, currently security fenced off with the usual mountain of unclaimed mail inside the door, suggesting abandonment by the owners. And the Mulberry is to let once more.

    • A notice in the window says that it will open in the spring; there has been ‘a delay in getting planning permission’ – it may be that they blithely went ahead with their alterations not realising that they needed planning permission to alter a listed building.

  11. Con O'Brien

    if we want our local businesses to survive we need to visit them and spend some money to show our support. one to visit is Luluz coffee and cake shop on london road. see you there on monday no excuses

    • Anonymous

      I agree. Also let’s support Atithi on York St – the best Indian in Twickenham by far.

    • Matt

      Atithi the best – you must be joking! The food is average at best, it’s overpriced and the staff are pretty rude. The Gurkha’s Inn next door to it cooks much better food, has a nicer atmosphere and is reasonably priced. There are also better options on Church street. I won’t be going back to Atithi in a hurry, and given how quiet it usually is, I guess most people who have tried it agree.

  12. Kat

    I am always sad to see small businesses go under but I have to admit I am glad to see the back of o’zon. I have boycotted the restaurant for some time now as they sold shark fin soup. Not only do I find this barbaric, but also unnecessary as there is no call for such a dish in twickenham. I wrote to the owner a few times to no avail and also found the staff I spoke to incredibly rude. Good riddance.

    • Boss

      I quite liked O’zon. And before that, there was Ken Hom’s Yellow River place there. He should come back and open a restaurant called TwicKenHom, I reckon.

  13. Why, oh why do we not yet have a coffee shop inside a coffee shop in Twickenham. Sometimes, all I want to do after having a coffee is have another coffee and I would welcome the chance to go to a more conveniently placed coffee shop inside a coffee shop instead of schlepping all the way to counter to buy some more.

    When will something be done? Who would like to sign a petition? I think we should work in the Costa in Waitrose first, which would benefit from a Starbucks inside it.

    • ruggabugga

      I’m planning on launching COFFEE PATCHES so that the twickerati can get from one coffee shop to another (or back to the counter) without suffering horrendous withdrawal symptoms.
      Also developing intravenous system for hardcore coffee addicts.

    • Rufus McDufus

      We could organise a ‘coffee crawl’ between establishments. Pint of latte in the first, mocha frappacino in the next, and so on. It’d be just like being a student again but less interesting.

    • Gareth Roberts

      Don’t knock it, this is all falling in line with the Grand Vision that the council has for Twickenham. Rip out the conveniently placed bus stops and replace them with wider pavements so that the coffee shops can spill out onto the pavement thus creating a splendid boulevard feel where people can sip their lattes as four lanes of traffic chug past belching out fumes. Lovely!

    • ruggabugga

      I hope there will also be room for cyclists on the pavements, because the Council forgot all about cycle lanes in their excitement over dual carriageway cafe society. Durr!

    • Gareth Roberts

      Lets hope so. That way they may encourage people to use Twickenham as a destination rather than simply improving the flow of traffic through the town en route to other destinations

    • jimbo

      What a highly constructive and helpful comment from the LibDem party. Let us see their plans for the centgre of Twickenham, and then the public can decide which is better.

  14. the baker is coming, 54 Heath Road, Rueben’s bakery, Igor is one of the top bakers in London, wood-burning oven, , please please support him instead of talking about it and going to bloody Tesco’s for mothers pride/ nimble . Spread the word and the marmalade

  15. Yvonne Hewett

    Staggerin fancy dress shop in the Heath Road has closed. Shame – I never rented from them but I always enjoyed their colourful windows.

    • David Mawson

      Halfords will soon turn to Costa

      I am amazed that Halfords will soon close and turn into a Costa. There are too many coffee shops in Twickenham and we already have a Costa inside Waitrose!

      What is even more disgraceful is that the staff of Halfords do not know they are about to lose their jobs as the site is listed as a confidential let on the agents website:

      http://www.jpretail.co.uk/properties.html

    • Gareth Roberts

      My hat but that’s a pretty tawdry way to treat staff in a store. Halfords should be damned well ashamed of themselves.

    • Boss

      Wonderful news about Halfords, in particular for proper bike shops like Moores. If I really need some windscreen cleaning fluid for my car, I’m happy to drive to the Ivybridge store instead.

    • Mr Coffee Bean

      Half of Halfords to become a Costa? And now we hear that Clinton Cards will become a Harris & Hoole coffee shop. Of course, we’re desperately short of coffee shops so these 2 new ones are very welcome.

    • simonhemelryk

      This is now becoming an Alice in Wonderland situation. Two new coffee houses means at least two others will close, then reopen under new management, then close again. What a shambles. What is the point of Twickenham town centre (I mean this as a constructive question)?

  16. Nom Nom Nomp

    Sad to see Angelo’s closed. The owner is always so friendly. Hope they get all that sorted and are back.

    • Anonymous

      Really? Have you read the charges against him below? Will be a disgrace if he is ever allowed to run a restaurant again.

    • I agree the owner is very friendly but the state of the place and putting customers health at risk is not acceptable.

    • David Mawson

      Richmond and Twickenham Times – 19th October 2012

      No evidence

      A former restaurant owner has been cleared by the courts on 10 counts of health and safety breaches.

      Owner Hamidi, 63, former owner of Angelos restaurant in Twickenham was due to appear at Richmond Magistrates Court on Tuesday October 18 but was cleared of the charges as the crown offered no evidence.

    • Sazzy

      Very sad to see Angelos closed. Omar works hard, is charming and the pizzas are fantastic. Seems H&S have a few justifiable complaints but others re switches etc seem a bit pedantic. Maybe he should just have got a cat to sort the mouse problem. I think there is more to this – there are some very dodgy businesses in Twickenham that seem to continue with no customers – and evidence that racketeering is alive and well in Twickenham. Angelos still had customers for a reason.

    • David Mawson

      I agree he was a charming man but the state of his restaurant and the dangerous conditions for his workers as described in the list of charges are simply not acceptable.

      Which businesses are dodgy in Twickenham?

    • Sazzy

      There are quite a few restaurants in Twickenham that have very very few customers. There is no way these can be legit as a ‘real’ restaurant owners or investors would be losing money hand over fist. Money laundering maybe? Tax avoidance? The fact that a couple of these restaurants appear to be blatently averse to having a customer is suspect. There is also an indication of ‘protection racketeering’ mafia style – which may explain why some good restaurants dont survive. I know of one incident where a restaurant owner was attacked twice.

  17. Fay

    Any ideas as to what has happened to Yellow Wedge cheese shop in St. Margaret’s? Worrying sign saying “We’re closed at the moment” has been up for over a week now. Any thoughts?

    Fay

  18. Anonymous

    Sad to see Angelos go. But a High St full of estate agents, reatsuarants/coffee shops and charity shops definitely isn’t a shopping destination. Where do Twickenham residents go to spend ‘real’ money? Where are the butchers, the bakers, the greengrocers? Why can’t we have some ‘real’ shops in town?

    • We’re desperately in need of a proper bakers – but Laverstoke (butcher) and Cousins (greengrocer) are both pretty good. Wonder if Cavan is coming to Twickenham, would seem a logical step.

    • David Mawson

      Owner of Angelo’s was in Court yesterday. This makes very depressing reading!

      HS74018 Contravene a health and safety regulation
      That on 14.09.11 being the food business operator of the business trading as Angelos Restaurant 144 Heath Road Twickenham Middlesex TW1 4BN (`the
      Premises’) did, in relation to those premises: 1. Fail to comply with the Improvement Notice dated 04.08.11 (Notice No. 2778), served pursuant to Section 21 of the
      Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, which identified a contravention of The Electricity at Works Regulations 1989 and it required, by 05.09.11, the repair or
      replacement of the damaged switch unit at the rear of the display fridge in the restaurant; any other repairs to the display fridge electrical system, and the provision of
      documentary evidence from an NICEIC registered electrician stating the display unit was safe. IN CONTRAVENTION of Section 33(1) of the Health and Safety at
      Work etc Act 1974
      Plea: NG Plea Date: 02/08/2012
      Adjourned from 04/09/2012, at request of the defence
      2 HS74018 Contravene a health and safety regulation
      That on 14.09.11 being the food business operator of the business trading as Angelos Restaurant 144 Heath Road Twickenham Middlesex TW1 4BN (`the
      Premises’) did, in relation to those premises: 2. Fail to comply with the Improvement Notice dated 04.08.11 (Notice No. 2779), served pursuant to Section 21 of the
      Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, which identified a contravention of The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1989 and it required, by 05.09.11,
      service of the cooker by a gas engineer to identify the cause of the excess heat at the rear of the cooker, the carrying out of repairs to make the cooker safe; and the
      provision of documentary evidence that the cooker had been serviced and was in a safe condition. IN CONTRAVENTION of Section 33(1) of the Health and Safety
      at Work etc Act 1974
      HS74018 Contravene a health and safety regulation
      That on 14.09.11 being the food business operator of the business trading as Angelos Restaurant 144 Heath Road Twickenham Middlesex TW1 4BN (`the
      Premises’) did, in relation to those premises: 3. Fail to comply with the Improvement Notice dated 08.08.11 (Notice No. 2781), served pursuant to Section 21 of the
      Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, which identified a contravention of Section 2(2)(a) of that Act namely the ventilation extract system to the cooker was being
      used without grease filters increasing the risk of fire and it required, by 12.09.11, replacement of missing grease filters, a cleaning of the whole extract system by a
      ventilation extract cleaning contractor, and the provision of documentary evidence from the contractor that it has been cleaned. IN CONTRAVENTION of Section
      33(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
      Plea: NG Plea Date: 02/08/2012
      Adjourned from 04/09/2012, at request of the defence
      4 HS74018 Contravene a health and safety regulation
      That on 14.09.11 being the food business operator of the business trading as Angelos Restaurant 144 Heath Road Twickenham Middlesex TW1 4BN (`the
      Premises’) did, in relation to those premises: 4. Fail to provide and maintain plant and systems of work that are, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without
      risks to health as required by Section 2(2)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment
      Regulations 1998, namely the use of a food slicer without a carriage guard. IN CONTRAVENTION of Section 33(1) of the Health and Safety at Work ect Act 1974
      Plea: NG Plea Date: 02/08/2012
      Adjourned from 04/09/2012, at request of the defence
      5 FH06001 Contravene a provision of the regulations
      Failed to put in place, implement & maintain a permanent procedure or procedure based on HACCP principles namely the implementation of a food safety
      management system to identify food safety hazards, establish effective monitoring procedures at critical control points & establish documents & records to
      demonstrate the effective application of food safety measures. In contravention of Article 5 of Chapter I of Reg. (EC) 852/2004 of the European Parliament & of the
      Council on the hygiene of foodstuffs. Contrary to reg. 17 of the Food Hygiene (England( Regulations 2006 S2(2) of the European Communities act 1972
      Plea: NG Plea Date: 02/08/2012
      Adjourned from 04/09/2012, at request of the defence
      6 FH06001 Contravene a provision of the regulations
      Failed to keep the premises clean & maintained in good condition in that the grill above the oven in the main kitchen was encrusted with thick black grease and as the
      grill was no longer in use there was also a layer of dust covering the grease. There were accumulations of mouse droppings, grease and food scraps around the
      wheels of the cooker. There was dirt, food waste and mouse droppings on the floor between the pizza oven & the sinks. There were mouse droppings on the
      stainless steel shelf under the sink. There was grease & food debris along the wall join beside the under counter fridges opposite the cooker. There was grease, food
      debris, a brick, a cigarette butt and dirt beneath the under counter fridges opposite the oven. There were mouse droppings and dirt under a metal shelf rack opposite
      the walk-in freezer. In contravention of Para.1 of Chap. 1 of Annex 11 of Reg. (EC) No. 852/2004 of the European Parliament & of the Council on the hygiene of
      foodstuffs. Contrary to Reg. 17 of the Food Hygiene (England) Reg. 2006 S.2 (2) of the European Communities Act 1972
      FH06001 Contravene a provision of the regulations
      Failed to ensure that wall surfaces were maintained in a sound condition and easy to clean so as to protect against contamination in that in the main kitchen the wall
      tiles alongside the cooker were cracked and charred where the glaze had been burnt which meant that they could not be cleaned. In contravention of P.1(b) of
      Chapter 11 of Annex 11 of Reg. (EC) No. 852/2004 of the European Parliament & of the Council on the hygiene of foodstuffs. Contrary to Reg. 17 of the Food
      Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 made under S.2 (2) of the European Communities Act 1972
      Plea: NG Plea Date: 02/08/2012
      Adjourned from 04/09/2012, at request of the defence
      8 FH06001 Contravene a provision of the regulations
      Failed to comply with a Hygiene Improvement Notice dated 8.8.2011 (No. 2783) served pursuant to regulation 6 of the Food Hygiene (England) Reg. 2006, which
      identified a risk of contamination by insect pests as a result of the back door to the kitchen being left open for ventilation due to the heat generated by the pizza oven
      & requiring, by 12.9.2011, the closure of the back door or the fitting of an insect proof screen or other measures to insect proof the back door. In contravention of reg.
      6(2) & 17 of the Food Hygiene (England) egs. 2006, made under S 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972.
      Plea: NG Plea Date: 02/08/2012
      Adjourned from 04/09/2012, at request of the defence
      9 FH06001 Contravene a provision of the regulations
      Failed to comply with a Hygiene Improvement Notice dated 8.8.2011 (No. 2785) served pursuant to Reg. 6 of the Food Hygiene (England) Regs. 2006, which
      identified a risk of food contamination as a result of the under counter fridge, opposite the back door of the kitchen leaking inside and the door seals being worn and
      requiring by 12.9.2011 remedial works to stop the leaks and the replacement of worn door seals. In contravention of Reg. 6(2) & 17 of the Food Hygiene (England)
      Regs. 2006 made under S. 2 (2) of the European Communities Act 1972.
      Plea: NG Plea Date: 02/08/2012
      Adjourned from 04/09/2012, at request of the defence
      10 FH06001 Contravene a provision of the regulations
      Fail to comply with a Hygience Improvement Notice dated 8.8.2011 (No. 2786) served pursuant to Reg. 6 of the Food Hygiene (England) Regs. 2006 which identified
      a risk of food contamination as a result of the door to the under counter fridge opposite the cooker not being connected at the hinge and the door seals being worn
      and requiring, by 12.9.2011, remedial works to conect the door to the fridge and replacement of the worn and damaged seals so that the fridge door when closed
      formed a tight and continouus seal.
      Plea: NG Plea Date: 02/08/2012
      Adjourned from 04/09/2012, at request of the defence

    • David Mawson

      Richmond and Twickenham Times – 19th October 2012

      No evidence

      A former restaurant owner has been cleared by the courts on 10 counts of health and safety breaches.

      Owner Hamidi, 63, former owner of Angelos restaurant in Twickenham was due to appear at Richmond Magistrates Court on Tuesday October 18 but was cleared of the charges as the crown offered no evidence.

    • All those charges and NO EVIDENCE?

  19. Steve P

    The guys who run Ales & Tails are obviously serious about doing something different. The drink is pricey but good, food menu is an afterthought. The barman looked like Billy Childish which gave me pause for thought but may not affect anyone else. There are no plasma screens or fruit machines so kudos for that as well.

  20. Mr Coffee Bean

    Who has the best espresso in Twickenham? My intensive research:

    Cafe Nero: not bad, but too many pushchairs to negotiate
    Costa: Yuk
    Osteria Pulcinella: good coffee, but their cups are too big for espresso
    Angelo’s: not good and it looks like they’re closing anyway
    Luluz: the best for me: lovely fruity taste, excellent crema
    Starbucks: call that espresso?
    Peggy’s pantry (Strawberry Hill): pretty good and friendly service

  21. Gawain

    One happily vacant premises: it’s good to see that the ‘gentleman’ behind the Piano Lounge has finally given up his ambitions to continue running a sleazehole and that the premises is To Let.

  22. Boss

    Pub wise, things are pretty healthy in the town centre. Some decent refurbs and perhaps something a bit different with Ales and Tails. Has that odd Koyote bar given up now?

    • Guess who

      I sure hope the Koyote is dead for ever, it should never have been a bar better a regular shop giving service to local residents instead of servicing dubious visitors to the town [rugby fans excluded]