Sort file:- Charlton, November, 2022.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 26 November, 2022.


Earliest 1985

(Name from)

McDonnell's Freehouse

Latest 1995+

(Name to)

428 Woolwich Road

New Charlton


Above advert, 1985.


The McDonnell's Brewery moved from the "Queen Victoria" in Woolwich in 1985 and brewed in the premises, and whilst doing so, the "Antigallican" changed name to the "McDonnells Freehouse" but I believe changed back again in 1995 or shortly afterwards.


News from April 1995, CAMRA's London Drinker magazine..

McDonnell's of Charlton "Mac Attacks in the Capital"

London is about to get its third regional brewery, complete with tied estate.

But while Young's and Fuller's are well into three figures with their estates, McDonnell's in Charlton has just five pubs, all in South East London.

Free trader John McDonnell used to brew at his headquarters pub, McDonnells (The "Antigallican") in Charlton, on plant inherited from the old Chudley's Brewery, and Sledgehammer was very well respected in the area.

Brewing stopped because of persistent production problems. But now he has five pubs in the area he describes as a real ale desert. Mr. McDonnell has decided to start again and is looking for a brewer.

"The market has changed since I stopped brewing and there is definitely a great opportunity now." he said.

Apart from McDonnell's itself, his mini empire includes the "Village Blacksmith" in Woolwich, once owned by CAMRA Investments, the "Prince Albert" (Rose's) in Woolwich which regularly has fourteen real ales on tap, the "Coopers Arms" (Plaisteds) another ex Midsummer Inns Pub, and the "Duke of Edinburgh" in Lee Green.

The new brewery should produce up to 30 barrels a week but Mr. McDonnell promises not to stop stocking guests from other micros in his pubs."


From an advert, 1995.

McDonald's of Charlton require an experienced brewing manager. With an eye to new opportunities, the small independent chain of public houses is recommending the brewing of real ales from natural ingredients with it's 35 barrel length exGodson and Chudley equipment. The brewing manager would be expected to deal with all brewing and distribution aspects of the business, and with ensuring quality at the bar counter. The salary package of 15k plus benefits will be negotiable for the right person. A clean driving licence would also be necessary.

Apply to John McDonnell at McDonald's free house.

428 Woolwich Road, Charlton, SE7 8SU. Tel:- 081-853-0143.




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