Truman’s Brewery is to open its first Tap House in the City, after taking on the Newman Arms in Fitzrovia, and is eyeing its second.

The pub is famed as being a regular haunt of George Orwell’s and is believed to be the inspiration for the proles’ pub featured in 1984.

Truman’s has expanded the pub into the basement and increased the number of draught lines to offer customers a range of beers from brewers 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, told MCA: “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 No.2………”

The wine selection will have a focus on quality English brandss, 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”.

The Newman Arms will be one of the first pubs in London to install a fully functioning ‘crowler machine’. The machine will fill 910ml cans with any draft beer on site for customers to take away. Delivery options for homes and businesses will also be available.

The brewer, which relaunched in 2010, has promised the interiors will still embrace a traditional pub feel. The upstairs will remain the celebrated pie room, with two new snugs located in the basement available for private hire.

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