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How to get well cut in a Merseyside pub

How to get well cut in a Merseyside pub

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

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600 listed pubs win drinkers' backing

600 listed pubs win drinkers' backing

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

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Pub blaze raises doubts over future

Pub blaze raises doubts over future

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

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'Sally' triumphs in top pub awards

'Sally' triumphs in top pub awards

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

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Going wild over spiced-up ale

Going wild over spiced-up ale

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

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Terrible toll of pub closures goes on

Terrible toll of pub closures goes on

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

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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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