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Pub campaigners win top award

Pub campaigners win top award

A Kent pub has been given CAMRA's Pub Saving Award following a spirited campaign by locals to save it. The Harrow in Stockbury was closed by brewer Shepherd Neame but the community came together to raise the funds to buy and re-open it in 2017. It's now the hub of the community, offering not only good beer but book swaps and an internet cafe.

Added: Thursday, December 28th 2017

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A passion for pubs: the 'Completists' tour Britain, with Good Beer Guide to hand

A passion for pubs: the 'Completists' tour Britain, with Good Beer Guide to hand

Three men -- Martin Taylor, Simon Everitt and Richard Coldwell -- known as the Completists have a rare passion for pubs. Their aim is to visit every pub listed in the Good Beer Guide -- and they plan weekends and holidays with military precision. They love pubs because "pubs are about people" and they don't enjoy drinking at home. Roger Protz joined them on a crawl of some of Sheffield's finest hostelries

Added: Sunday, December 17th 2017

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MPs demand a 'Budget for Britain's Pubs'

MPs demand a 'Budget for Britain's Pubs'

50 MPs have signed a petition calling on Chancellor Philip Hammond to ease the crippling tax burden on Britain's pubs in his autumn Budget in November. The petition is seen being delivered to the Treasury by MPs Mike Wood, Ruth Smeeth and Stephen Lloyd, officers of the Parliamentary Beer Group. MPs are calling for a cut or freeze in excise duty and help to ease the business rates burden on pubs

Added: Monday, November 13th 2017

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Beer and 'cute pooch' boost London local

Beer and 'cute pooch' boost London local

A former closed Young's pub in Richmond, London, has been restored as a vibrant community local by Chris French (pictured) with a policy of serving beers from outside the M25 along with bought-in pizzas and help from Rudi the cocker spaniel, voted the cutest UK pub dog

Added: Saturday, November 11th 2017

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Four pubs are vying for national glory

Four pubs are vying for national glory

Four pubs have been short-listed by CAMRA for the prestigious National Pub of the Year award. The winner will be announced in February 2018. The four are the Stanford Arms in Lowestoft (publicans Samantha and David Burd pictured left), the Weavers in Kidderminster, the Cricketers, St Helens, and Wigan Central

Added: Tuesday, November 7th 2017

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Pub campaigners welcome legal voice

Pub campaigners welcome legal voice

The British Pubs Confederation has welcomed the appointment of barrister Fiona Dickie as Deputy Pubs Adjudicator and hopes she will break the legal log jam and help publicans gain access to the Market Rent Only option. MRO will enable publicans to go free of tie -- a move fiercely resisted by the large pubcos. The confederation is highly critical of Pubs Adjudicator Paul Newby who they claim has flouted the terms of the Pubs Code

Added: Wednesday, October 25th 2017

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Saluting Dorset pub and seaside brewery

Saluting Dorset pub and seaside brewery

The Square & Compass in Dorset was feted by CAMRA veterans when landlord Charlie Newman received a framed certificate to mark the pub's inclusion in all 45 editions of the Good Beer Guide. The pub serves beer from Hattie Brown's in Swanage, the first brewery in the town for more than 100 years. Pictured left to right: CAMRA founder member MIchael Hardman with a copy of the first guide in 1974, Charlie Newman, current editor Roger Protz, and pub manager Kevin Hunt

Added: Wednesday, October 18th 2017

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It's beery across the Mersey

It's beery across the Mersey

Liverpool pubs are picking up awards galore. Micro-pub Cask has twice been named Pub of the Year by the local branch of CAMRA while the famous Roscoe Head has been given a framed certificate to mark its inclusion in all 45 editions of the Good Beer Guide. Across the Mersey in Birkenhead, Gallagher's Pub & Barbers -- both Wirral and Merseyside Pub of the Year -- has had to stop offering haircuts due to the demand for its fine range of beers

Added: Sunday, October 8th 2017

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A pint and a pizza: the real Italian job

A pint and a pizza: the real Italian job

Two Italians from Naples, Pasquale Ambrosio and Angelo Chionchio, run a successful pizzeria, Santa Maria, in Ealing, West London and they have now moved next door to run a Fuller's pub, the Red Lion on St Mary's Road. The Neapolitan duo have a passion for pizza and import all the ingredients from Italy, along with a wood-fired oven. They have added their own special beer, Santa Maria IPA from Bianca Road Brew in Peckham

Added: Monday, October 2nd 2017

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Rates time bomb killing pubs -- CAMRA

Rates time bomb killing pubs -- CAMRA

Pubs face closure due to the crippling level of business rates imposed by the government. CAMRA -- the Campaign for Real Ale -- is making a submission to the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, ahead of the November Budget, calling for £5,000 annual rates relief for pubs to keep them in business.

Added: Thursday, September 28th 2017

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