The Silver Birch has Ruinart Blanc des Blanc and a new menu for spring

Image above: Ruinart Champagne

The Silver Birch restaurant on Chiswick High Rd has brought out a new menu for the spring and it has supplies of the famous Ruinart Blanc des Blanc Champagne back in stock.

"We are now the only restaurant in West London that currently has stock of it as it is on a very privileged allocation due to stock shortages" General Manager

Chiswick House looking for volunteers

Image above: View of the conservatory from the Italian Garden; photograph Jennifer Griffiths Chiswick House is looking for volunteers to join the gardening and visitor welcome teams and to act as Rangers.

Gardening

For the gardening team they need 'friendly and enthusiastic' people to provide 'high quality maintenance' to the formal and informal landscapes within the gar

Bookcase Chiswick on the look-out for second hand vinyls

Images above: Giulia Tonci Russo in the soon-to-be-opened vinyls shop in the basement of Bookcase Bookcase London, the independent bookshop on Chiswick High Rd, is busy knocking out walls and putting in a new staircase to the basement, in preparation for opening a new vinyl store there in the next couple of months. Called 'Underground Vinyl', they will be selling classic rock an

A big thank you to Chiswick Calendar readers 

Presents stacked up at Outsider Tart A huge thanks to Chiswick Calendar readers who made a bunch of refugee children's first Christmas in this country memorable in a good way. The owners of Outsider Tart, David Lesniak and David Muniz, gave Christmas lunch to some 100 refugees who are bein

St Michael & All Angels Church Chiswick Advent art auction for charity

Image above: St Michael and All Angels Church Advent calendar The art work from the St Michael & All Angels Church Advent calendar goes on sale on Friday, 24 December.  You have until 12 noon on Sunday 9 January to make your bid if you would like to buy one. Every year the church has a physical Advent calendar on display, with the days of the month revealing work by local a

Toy appeal for refugee children

The owners of Outsider Tart David Muniz and David Lesniak are organising a Christmas lunch for refugee families who are living in local hotels. They have invited 150 adult refugees and their children, between 27 to 35 of them with an age range of five to 14. One of their customers, Ray Elias, is organising a toy collection for the children, who are likely not to receive any Christmas pres

Chiswick Choir changes name to make professional recording

Image above: Hilary Campbell conducting Chiswick Choir, now West London Chorus Chiswick Choir has a long and proud history, created in 1976 by John Thackray, built up over 30 years under the musical direction of Alistair Jones and developed over the past five years by the award winning conductor Hilary Campbell, who works with a number of choirs, among them the BBC Singers and the

Fuller’s Griffin Brewery Christmas party

Asahi threw a party on Saturday for workers at the Griffin Brewery and their families and also their neighbours on Chiswick Mall. Several hundred people went, including the Mayor of Houns

Chiswick Computers – lifesavers in the modern world

Images above: Chiswick Computers, 349 King Street

"We build computers, fix them and support"

Chiswick Computers has an unassuming little shop front on King Street in Hammersmith, next to Tesco, but inside they do miracles. Or so it seemed to me when Steve Bonnici and his team rescued The Chiswick Calendar a couple of years ago when my old computer died. They were able to

Make a terminally ill child a hero in their own personalised adventure story

A book publisher has come up with a novel and creative way to bring a bit of joy to terminally ill children. The children’s publisher Ventorros Press is running a Christmas project to raise money to produce personalised, illustrated adventure stories in which the child to whom the book is given is the main character. Not only are they the hero, but their book will be individualised with ch

Ma House – a new Chiswick service for pregnant women and new mums

Women with a wealth of experience supporting other women through birth

Chiswick has a new service for pregnant women and those with new babies. Ma House offers everything from bath salts to doula support to the new and about-to-be mum - Mummy MOT, Wellness Therapies, Nutrition & Health coach services as well as SPA & Beauty treatments - putting the mother first. Put together

Chiswick Flower Market full of festive spirit

If you were in any doubt that Christmas would be soon upon us, Sunday's Chiswick Flower Market would have put paid to that, with its bright festive colours, mince pies and live music. The December flower market was bigger than usual with more stalls, greater variety and a festive spirit helped along with the Chivaree ice king and queen stilt walkers and performances from Chiswick Rock Choir, Ch

The Chiswick Calendar freebie – win a £100 giftcard from little dobbies

Image above: Christmas decorations available at little dobbies

Win £100 to spend at little dobbies Chiswick this Christmas

Opened in Chiswick in September, little dobbies is a high street version of Dobbies Garden Centres which have become the leading brand among garden retailers, with 74 branches across the UK. The Chiswick branch was one of the first Dobbies’ high s

Aladdin at the Lyric Hammersmith – review

Image above: Aladdin at the Lyric, Hammersmith This year's pantomime at the Lyric, Hammersmith is Aladdin. There's no single big name in the cast who you know off the telly and I think the show is better for it. It isn't just a vehicle for some celebrity just back from eating bugs with Ant and Dec to tell smutty jokes to the adults in the audience. The Lyric's production is two

Mummy Wine Club December wine tastings

Image above: Champagnes for the Champagne and Cheese masterclass I heard someone dare to voice what I privately think the other day - that they preferred Prosecco to Champagne. I'm told if you think that, you just haven't tasted the right Champagne. Victoria Daskal is holding two Mummy Wine Club evenings on Thursday 2 and Saturday 4 December to address just that sort of question.

The Moose Hut bar at The Roebuck

It's hard to make the courtyard of a pub in west London look and feel like an 'authentic Alpine experience', but The Roebuck this December brings you the pop-up Moose Bar. The weather was doing its best to be helpful with the authenticity when general manager Josh and The Roebuck team launched its Christmas theme bar on Monday night. With a bit of imagination and a willingness to go with th

Profile of Chiswick based psychotherapist Nicholas Rose

Image above: Nicholas Rose, psychotherapist and counsellor "When there is uncertainty, like during the Brexit negotiations or at the beginning of the pandemic, we find there are a lot more people coming in to see us wanting to talk about the anxiety they're feeling." I sat down to talk to Nicholas Rose a few days before news began to filter through about the new Covid variant Om

Peter Oborne lists Boris Johnson’s lies in new website

Image above: Boris Johnson Lies cartoon my Martin Rowson Our prime minister tells lies. That is a fact, proven over and over again on a new website authored by political journalist Peter Oborne. Not only that, but many of the Government do too. SNP Commons leader Ian Blackford has been sanctioned for saying so. Labour MP Dawn Butler was thrown out of the Commons for saying so, y

Exclusive Chiswick Calendar wine tasting offer

Chiswick's new Italian restaurant Pianta is offering Chiswick Calendar Club Card holders an opportunity to sample ten wines with tasters from their menu. The event, exclusively for The Chiswick Calendar's subscribers, will be hosted at the restaurant in Turnham Green Terrace on Wednesday 8 December by Pianta's owner Stefano Fraquelli and wine expert Gabriele Rosin from Berkmann Wines. T

Volunteers needed to read with children

Doorstep Library, the community-focused charity committed to sharing the “magic of reading” with children and their families, is looking for dedicated new volunteers as they reintroduce their door-to-door reading service. The charity, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, operates its library service across Hammersmith & Fulham, Lambeth, Camden and Westminster. Uni

What’s in Santa’s sack this Christmas?

Image above: Snap Dragon toy shop, Turnham Green Terrace Board games are all the rage this festive season, according to Fiona Wallis, owner of Chiswick's toy shop Snap Dragon on Turnham Green Terrace. They have seen a spike in popularity since the start of the pandemic as families spend more time together. Fiona, who has owned Chiswick's only toy shop for 20 years told The Chisw

A feast for the eye – The Pink Elephant takes table dressing to a whole new level

Image above: The Pink Elephant's signature Safari Platter Ian Henderson, founder of The Pink Elephant, is the provider of fabulous platters. An events organiser and caterer, yes, but more of a table artist really. His 'grazing tables' are like an art installation, using food as the medium. They look too good to eat, but testimonies from many happy clients assure future customers th

Is this the best restaurant in Chiswick?

Images above: Mustaq Tappewale & Kuldeep Mattegunta, co-founders of Republic; photograph Joanna Raikes

Republic - review

I rather think it might be. I went for the first time last week - Lord knows why I left it a whole year since they opened (for takeaway at least - they opened properly in May). What a wasted opportunity! The restaurant, at  301-303 Chiswick High

Families put off talking about caring for elderly parents until there’s a crisis

Image above: 94 year old Phyllis at St Cecilia's care home, image from Inside the Care Crisis with Ed Balls, BBC

"We felt guilty we didn't do it earlier" - Ed Balls

Ed Balls, Labour politician-turned-media-celebrity, is exploring the crisis in social care this country is facing, in a two-part BBC 2 series Inside the Care Crisis with Ed Balls. As a former ministe

Hogarth Club exclusive offer for Chiswick Calendar Club Card holders

Images above: Hogarth Club The Hogarth Club, members of The Chiswick Calendar Club scheme for several years now, have just reduced the joining fee for membership of the health club on Airedale Avenue in an exclusive deal for Chiswick Calendar Club Card holders. Members benefit from free personal training sessions, a variety of fitness classes, racquet sports and the freedom to r

Chiswick wildlife focus – birds, bats, hedgehogs and foxes

Image above: Birds at the lake at Chiswick House; photograph Jon Perry

Climate change affecting UK birds

Puffins could largely disappear as a result of climate change over the coming years, according to research carried out by the British Trust for Ornithology. The impact on the UK bird population was assessed by relating long-term trends in their behaviour to temperature a

Christmas things to do in and around Chiswick

Festive atmosphere is brewing as a full array of activities looks set return after the disappointment of 2020’s last-minute cancellations due to the pandemic.

Theatre

This year you shall go to the ball. Richmond Theatre has a production of Cinderella from Friday 3 December – Sunday 2 January with Anton Du Beke. The theatre also presents Moscow City Ballet performing two

Inside the Sipsmith Distillery

Image above: Sipsmith distillery

Having spent part of summer 2021 researching and finally visiting the Fuller’s Griffin Brewery, I realised there were several gems left in Chiswick I still had to make the most of. Barely a five minute

Halloween ‘screamings’ at Chiswick Cinema

Image above: The Rocky Horror Show as performed at Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre The Chiswick Cinema is offering up some spooky 'screamings' this Halloween weekend, celebrating some of the most iconic scary and thrilling horror films. Members were asked to vote for which films the cinema should screen over the Halloween weekend, which eventually narrowed the choices down to thr

The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Lyric Hammersmith – review

Image above: Ingrid Craigie, Orla Fitzgerald in The Beauty Queen of Leenane; photograph Helen Maybanks A beautifully crafted play, this was Martin McDonagh's debut 25 years ago. It premiered in Galway and quickly established him as one of Ireland’s most exciting new writers. It transferred to the West End and received an Olivier Award nomination for Play of the Year, and on Broa