George IV nominated for City Pub of The Year 

The George IV pub on Chiswick High Rd has been nominated for City Pub of The Year in the Great British Pub Awards

The pub, a Fuller’s pub, hosts live music and pub quizes in the main bar, and everything from private corporate events and weddings to the Fiesta Flamenca in the Boston Room, including The Chiswick Calendar’s weekly Thursday night Jazz nights. The Boston Room has also been the Friday and Saturday night home of Headliners comedy club for the past 20 years.

Ben Bullman, who has run the pub as general manager for several years, is always open to ideas for bringing people into the pub. The Chiswick Calendar has worked closely with Ben over the past five years. He is always unfailingly courteous and helpful and willing to try out new things. His staff are also hugely supportive and professional.

George IV is part of The Chiswick Calendar’s Club Card scheme and offers our Club Card holders a generous 20% off all food and drink at all times. The food is good too.

Image above: Fiesta Flamenca in the Boston Room at George IV

Anita la Maltesa and Ramon Ruiz have been packing out the Boston Room several times a year with their Fiesta Flamenca – a wonderful display of flamenco dance, song, castanets, footwork, percussion and guitar.

‘Pint of Science’ hold talks on all manner of scientific subjects (how AI can predict our personalities was one of the most recent). The ‘Ooh La La’ burlesque show makes a regular appearance, as does a Dungeons and Dragons group.

The Chiswick Book Festival uses the space for some of its sessions and the Chiswick Flower Market and Chiswick Cheese Market have also used it for associated activities such as flower workshops and wine and cheese sessions. The West London Queer Project hold events there too.

Image above: The Chiswick Calendar’s Jazz Night – The Blues Engineers

In the courtyard they have put on live theatre and opera and in the mezzanine area above the main bar the pub provides games for children to keep them occupied when families come in for Sunday lunch. And of course whenever there is a big sporting occasion the pub is full of sports fans watching it on the big TV screens.

In this way Ben has been seeking to introduce people from all sections of the Chiswick community to the pub, making it a hub of social life at the centre of the High Rd.

They are up against stiff competition, as the 2023 Great British Pub Awards has a record number of entrants this year. In their category for ‘the very best the nation has to offer’ by way of a city / urban pub, their rivals are The Kings Arms at Bexleyheath, The Audley in Mayfair, The Bridewell in Liverpool, The Coach House at Stratford-upon-Avon and the Turk’s Head in Twickenham.

Other categories include the best country / rural pub, the best pub for dogs, the best pub for entertainment, the best pub for families, the best pub for food, best pub garden, best young pub chef, best sustainable pub and the best pub to watch sport.

Ben will find out if they have won on Tuesday 19 September, when the awards are made at a gala night in Manchester.

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