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CAMRA call to stop Tesco pubs grab

CAMRA call to stop Tesco pubs grab

The Campaign for Real ale is launching a petition at the Great British Beer Festival that calls on the government to close loopholes in planning laws that currently allows Tesco and other retailers to convert pubs against the wishes of beer drinkers and local communities

Added: Tuesday, August 12th 2014

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The pub where wood is in pole position

The pub where wood is in pole position

Neil Midgley loves wood and he uses oak casks made for his pub, the Junction in Castleford, West Yorkshire, to serve a wide range of beers stored in wooden casks in the pub cellar (pictured). A tasting of beer from conventional casks and oak proved that wood can give added dimensions to aroma and flavour

Added: Thursday, July 10th 2014

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Wetherspoons hits Dublin with cask beer

Wetherspoons hits Dublin with cask beer

British pub operator J D Wetherspoon will hit Dublin in a big way with its first pub, the Three Tun Tavern, in the Irish Republic -- and it will give a dramatic boost to cask beer, with up to 12 pumps serving real ale from both Irish and British breweries. Pub manager John Hartigan (pictured) has run a Wetherspoon pub in North London and is looking forward to offering a wide range of beers to Dubliners. -- but don't ask for a Guinness

Added: Monday, June 30th 2014

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See-through cellar taps into cask ale

See-through cellar taps into cask ale

The White Hart in Witham, Essex, has a new ground-floor 'cellar' with a big range of cask ales on view to customers. The Greene King pub will showcase its own cask beers along with ales from micro-breweries in East Anglia. Landlord Dave Arnott is seen tapping a pint

Added: Friday, June 20th 2014

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Fat Cats, where drinkers purr with pleasure and salute lost breweries

Fat Cats, where drinkers purr with pleasure and salute lost breweries

Colin Keatley restored good beer and choice to Norwich with his first Fat Cat pub. Now there are three Fat Cats in the city, including one with its own brewery. As well as beers from all over Britain and the rest of the world, the pubs pay homage to the great Norwich breweries destroyed by Watneys in the 1960s and 70s

Added: Monday, June 16th 2014

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@Vince Cable we need #MRO. #BIS plan not enough to #SaveOurPubs

@Vince Cable we need #MRO. #BIS plan not enough to #SaveOurPubs

Val Spencer -- aka Life Long Landlady -- runs the Cock in Lavenham, Suffolk and is a leading campaigner via Twitter for reform of the pubco model and the need for a market-rent option for licensees. In typical Twitter style, she expresses her disappointment at Business Secretary Vince Cable's watered-down pubco proposals

Added: Wednesday, June 11th 2014

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BBPA: wake up and smell the coffee

BBPA: wake up and smell the coffee

Simon Clarke, both a chartered surveyor and publican, is a leading light in the Fair Pint campaign seeking a better deal from pubcos. He argues that the response by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) to Vince Cable's proposals for pubco reform is woefully inadequate and ignores the fact that beer is cheaper on the open market

Added: Saturday, June 7th 2014

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Cable proposals won't stop pub closures

Cable proposals won't stop pub closures

Proposals in the Queen's Speech for pubco reform from Vince Cable and Nick Clegg stop short of meeting demands for a real shake-up that will give tenants a market-only rent option to widen drinkers' choice. And nothing in the plans will prevent the closure of pubs, running at 28 a week

Added: Tuesday, June 3rd 2014

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Dear Dr Cable: no more shilly-shallying, it's time to get tough with the pubcos

Dear Dr Cable: no more shilly-shallying, it's time to get tough with the pubcos

In an Open Letter to Business Secretary Vince Cable, Roger Protz says the delays to Dr Cable's report into the pub companies is causing great concern for pub tenants and pubgoers. As a result of their debt mountains, Enterprise and Punch are selling off viable pubs and closing down vital community assets. The time for action is now

Added: Sunday, June 1st 2014

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Save pubs petition delivered to Cable

Save pubs petition delivered to Cable

Pub landlords and CAMRA members delivered a petition to Business Secretary Vince Cable yesterday demanding action to save pubs from closure and to curb the power of the giant pubcos. But it's strongly rumoured that Dr Cable's promised report on pubcos will not now appear before the general election

Added: Thursday, May 15th 2014

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