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Beer goggles have a sharp eye for top pints

Beer goggles have a sharp eye for top pints

Anglia Ruskin University has teamed up with the Tram Depot pub in Cambridge for research into how drinkers choose their favourite beers on the bar. Using "eye tracking" goggles, the research will analyse why some pump clip have more appeal than others

Added: Thursday, January 29th 2015

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Tied hand and foot: the sad and sorry saga of the rise of Britain's giant 'pubcos'

Tied hand and foot: the sad and sorry saga of the rise of Britain's giant 'pubcos'

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

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London pub welcomes homeless at Xmas

London pub welcomes homeless at Xmas

Christmas arrived early in Islington, North London, on Sunday 21 December when the William IV pub laid on a special meal for the homeless and those struggling financially. 400 meals were served and vegetables for the occasion were donated by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Many people were given free lifts to the pub by London cab drivers. The photo shows chef Adam Hardiman with a volunteer preparing food in the pub kitchen

Added: Monday, December 22nd 2014

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The tie: don't dump on the truth, Brigid

The tie: don't dump on the truth, Brigid

Brigid Simmonds of the British Beer & Pub Association attacks the Market Rent option for pubco tenants by defending the "tied house" system she says has been around for centuries. She's rewriting history in her rush to defend the giant pub companies

Added: Friday, December 19th 2014

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Government failing local pubs -- CAMRA

Government failing local pubs -- CAMRA

There are now 600 pubs listed as Assets of Community Value but CAMRA -- the Campaign for Real Ale -- attacks the government for failing to protect community locals by refusing to close loopholes that allows them to be turned into supermarkets.Pictured: the Ivy House in South London, one successful pub listed as an ACV

Added: Wednesday, December 10th 2014

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How Cockneyland is losing its locals

How Cockneyland is losing its locals

East London is becoming a pub desert as more and more locals are pulling down the shutters. And the situation will get worse when West Ham United move away from Upton Park to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford. Pictured: the Old Rose, one of the area's great old boozers but now boarded-up and derelict

Added: Monday, December 1st 2014

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'Landmark' defeat for giant pubcos

'Landmark' defeat for giant pubcos

Britain's giant pubcos were dealt a major blow today when MPs voted to support a call to give pub tenants a "market rent" option to their contracts that will allow them buy beer free of the tie. The successful amendment was moved by Greg Mulholland (pictured second left with victorious landlords), chairman of the Parliamentary Save the Pub group. CAMRA hailed the vote a "landmark victory" for publicans and drinkers

Added: Tuesday, November 18th 2014

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One last heave to save Great British Pub

One last heave to save Great British Pub

On Tuesday 18 November parliament will debate a Bill to give greater power to tackle giant pub companies. The Bill will propose creating a post of Pubs Adjudicator to settle fair rents for publicans. But missing from the Bill is the call for a "market only" rent that would give publicans the right to buy beer free of the pubco tie. 38 Degrees and CAMRA have joined forces with an online petition to MPs -- sign it now and help stop our pubs closing

Added: Saturday, November 15th 2014

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New pub-restaurant lights up Exeter Quay

New pub-restaurant lights up Exeter Quay

St Austell, the West Country's leading family brewery, has transformed a 19th-century bonded warehouse on Exeter Quayside into a pub restaurant with a smokehouse and the biggest range of craft beers in the region

Added: Thursday, November 6th 2014

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The little pub that time forgot

The little pub that time forgot

The Red Lion at Snargate in Kent has been run by the same family for more than 100 years and is a fine example of an old ale house that has hardly changed for centuries. Doris Jemison, now in her 80s, still sits in the pub every day, surrounded by WWII memorabilia and traditional pub games

Added: Wednesday, October 1st 2014

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