London brewer Truman’s revival, which started in 2010, is continuing with the opening of its first Tap House in the city.
The brewery has taken on London treasure, The Newman Arms in Fitzrovia — a favoured haunt of Dylan Thomas and George Orwell — and will officially opes its doors on May 16.
Truman’s has expanded the pub into the basement and increased the number of draught lines to offer customers a range of beers from far and wide. It will run tasting evenings and beer training at the pub, which will act as its West London flagship.
Truman’s managing director, James Morgan, said: “The greatest satisfaction comes from serving amazing beers and seeing drinkers enjoy them — that’s exactly what we’ll be doing all day, every day at the Newman Arms.
“It’s a dream come true to bring back to life such a well-loved pub. Yet again, we’re reviving a London institution — it’s becoming a habit! We’re bringing the best of East End craft brewing to the West End and beyond. Look out for our imminent announcement about Tap House number two…”
Showcasing the best of British, the wine selection will have a focus on quality English wines, while the spirits will be selected from independent London distillers.
Paying tribute to The Newman’s former and longest serving publican, Tracey Bird, and her reputation for home-made pies, the brewery will re-establish the pub as a pie connoisseur’s Mecca. In July, Truman’s will host a street party outside The Newman, celebrating the return of great pies and pints to the establishment.
The Newman Arms will be one of the first pubs in London to install a fully functioning crowler machine. It will fill 910ml cans with any draft beer on site for customers to take away. Delivery options will be available for homes and businesses.
While the pub has had various guises in its 100-year-plus history, the interiors will still have a traditional pub feel. The upstairs will remain the celebrated pie room, with two new snugs in the basement available for private hire.