Christo Tofalli has turned beer sales round at Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in St Albans -- officially Britain's oldest pub -- and now serves more cask beer than keg and lager. He specialises in beers from smaller independent breweries but his landlord, giant pubco Mitchells & Butlers, wants him to concentrate on such brands as Doom Bar and London Pride. Who will come out on top?
Added: Wednesday, April 22nd 2015
The "beers from the wood" quiet revolution is spreading. It started in the Junction pub in Castleford, West Yorkshire, where owners Neil Midgley and Maureen Shaw have now bought the neighbouring pub to spread the woody word. They plan to install a micro-brewery -- with vessels made of oak. In Leeds, Andy Yuill at the Duck & Drake offers beers served in both oak and metal. Pictured, Neil Midgley (right) with cooper Alastair Simms
Added: Friday, April 10th 2015
Scouse wits say you can get half cut in Gallaghers' pub in Birkenhead without touching a drop of booze. Frank and Sue Gallagher (pictured) are professional hairdressers who fancied running a pub. When they took over the derelict Dispensary pub they not only restored it and changed the name but added a barber's shop as well. Now you can enjoy local cask ales and have a short back and sides.
Added: Wednesday, March 25th 2015
Launching Community Pubs Week, CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, reports that 600 pubs have now been listed as ACVs -- Assets of Community Value. They include a brewpub, the Bohemia, in Finchley, North London (pictured). This success is underscored by the third successive beer duty cut in the Budget that will boost pub sales and save jobs
Added: Monday, March 23rd 2015
The Catford Bridge Tavern, South London, destroyed in a major fire on 1 March, was due to become a bar with residential flats. The pub was previously owned by Punch and Spirit pub groups. The ground floor had been leased to Tesco by a subsequent pubco but the supermarket group failed to get permission to turn it into a store. Now, following the fire, there are doubts it will ever be a pub again
Added: Saturday, March 7th 2015
Former City of London trading analyst Peter Tiley, who had never pulled a pint before, has walked away with the national Pub of the Year award from CAMRA -- the Campaign for Real Ale -- at the Salutation Inn in the village of Ham in Gloucestershire. The pub is known locally as "the Sally" and impressed the judges with its range of real ales, ciders and perries -- and the warm welcome from Peter and Claire Tiley and their staff
Added: Tuesday, February 17th 2015
Richard Osmond, with a one-barrel 'nano brewery' at the Verulam Arms in St Albans, pays homage to medieval times with Gruit, ale made with the addition of herbs and spices. The beer matches the food in the pub, which uses ingredients foraged from the surrounding countryside.
Added: Sunday, February 8th 2015
Both towns and villages see the hearts ripped out of their communities as pubs close. They are being sold by pubcos to both supermarkets and property speculators to turn either into stores or expensive residential homes. Pictured: the White Swan in Startforth in Teesdale, the last pub in the village, which has been sold a property developer with the backing of the county council. Pubs under threat in Brighton from property developers
Added: Thursday, February 5th 2015
The Beer Orders, brought in by Business Secretary Lord Young in Margaret Thatcher's government in the early 1990s, sought to break the power of the "Big Six" national brewers whose tied estates dominated beer retailing. But the orders backfired, leading to the creation of giant pub companies -- pubcos -- that now exercise an even greater grip over the supply of beer
Added: Saturday, December 27th 2014