A NEW pub which will combine a micro-brewery and circus performers is coming to Acton this winter.
The Aeronaut is a new venture currently under construction at the site of what was once the popular and controversial Redback Tavern in High Street.
The Redback was shut down after concerns of anti-social behaviour fuelled by drinking lead to its licence being revoked. The site had been acquired by the Antic Group and reopened last year as The Acton Arms but closed in February.
InnBrighton is behind The Aeronaut, which is being advertised as opening in November.
A statement on the pub’s Facebook page said it aims to be: “one of the most interesting and exciting destinations in West London.
“With a huge bar area packed with comfortable furniture upon which to eat, drink, make merry and take in the curiosities and happenings of this wonderful place, plus an incredible heated garden to do the same in the fresh air, the Aeronaut is turning the Acton pub experience upside down and flying it way beyond the clouds.”
The pub will feature the on-site Laine’s Brewery and will also host performances by cabaret acrobats, burlesque and circus performers.
Roy Tunstall, vice chair and pubs officer for West Middlesex CAMRA said: “I think that on the whole this is good news for Acton, particularly as it means there will be a new brewery opening in the area, something it hasn’t seen for about 100 years.
"The circus and cabaret aspect does sound very different but I think that a pub definitely needs to offer something different if it’s to compete in the current climate. My only concern is that Acton already has a lot of pubs compared to other parts of Ealing, plus there’s a Wetherspoons nearby which attracts customers with cheap beer. The Aeronaut will have to work hard to be a success.
"I think only time will tell as to whether or not it will be a hit with locals, but this is still good news for the area."
The pub is named after George Lee Temple, the turn-of-the-century pilot who was born in Acton and became the first Englishman to fly an aeroplane upside down.
For more information on the pub, visit the website www.facebook.com/AeronautActon