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Former strip pub wins top design award

Former strip pub wins top design award

A run-down pub in London's King's Cross that became a strip club, has walked away with CAMRA's top design award after a major refurbishment that has restored the pub to its early 20th-century, Grade II glory. Other awards have gone to the Tim Bobbin in Burnley and Ship Inn in Sheffield. The CAMRA awards are run jointly with English Heritage

Added: Wednesday, April 5th 2017

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CAMRA hails plugging pubs loophole

CAMRA hails plugging pubs loophole

The Campaign for Real Ale has hailed a government decision to plug a loophole in planning law that will stop pubs being demolished or converted to other use without first getting planning permission. CAMRA chief executive Tim Page (pictured) says this is a victory for campaigners and for much-loved community pubs

Added: Saturday, March 25th 2017

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Mermaid in the swim with top pub award

Mermaid in the swim with top pub award

The Mermaid in St Albans, an unspoilt bare-boards cottage-style pub, has been named both pub of the year and cider pub of the year by the South Herts branch of CAMRA. The Mermaid will now go forward to the next round of CAMRA's national pub of the year competition. Runner up was another St Albans pub, the legendary Fighting Cocks

Added: Monday, March 20th 2017

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Top pubs face massive rates hike

Top pubs face massive rates hike

Some of Britain's top award-winning pubs face massive hikes in rates when the new system kicks in in April, according to the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). The Baum in Rochdale, CAMRA's National Pub of the Year in 2012 (pictured,) will see its rateable value rise by 377% while the 2015 winner of the award, the Sandford Park in Cheltenham, faces a rates rise of 181%. CAMRA is calling on Chancellor Philip Hammond to review the increases in this week's Budget

Added: Sunday, March 5th 2017

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Award-winning pub to add own brewery

Award-winning pub to add own brewery

The George & Dragon in Yorkshire's Swaledale, named CAMRA's National Pub of the Year for 2017, is to add its own micro-brewery. The pub closed in 2008 but was rescued by the local community. A co-operative raised the money to buy back and refurbish the pub, which was re-opened in 2014 by former local MP William Hague, who is one of the shareholders. Landlord Stuart Miller (pictured) buys most of his beers from Yorkshire breweries

Added: Friday, March 3rd 2017

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Rates: ticking time bomb for pubs

Rates: ticking time bomb for pubs

Publicans packed a meeting in St Albans this week to launch a petition to halt punitive rises in business rates. St Albans with 50 pubs has the biggest number of any town or city in the country -- but 20 could close unless rate increases are halted. The meeting was convened by Sean Hughes (pictured) who runs the 15th century Boot pub

Added: Friday, February 24th 2017

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Minister: 'pubcos are flouting the code'

Minister: 'pubcos are flouting the code'

Margot James, Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, told the House of Commons on 26 January there was clear evidence some pub companies were flouting the new Pubs Code and preventing tenants from applying for the Market Rent Only option that would allow them to have a wider choice of beer. A debate on the code resulted in MPs voting to re-open the appointments process for controversial Pubs Code Adjudicator Paul Newby (pictured)

Added: Sunday, January 29th 2017

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CAMRA calls for greater pub protection

CAMRA calls for greater pub protection

CAMRA -- the Campaign for Real Ale -- has called on the government to give greater protection to pubs as it salutes the fact that 2,000 pubs now have Asset of Community Value status. But to stop pubs being demolished or converted, CAMRA wants more planning support. Pictured: locals in Sheffield with MP Nick Clegg supporting the Plough, Sandygate, which Sainsbury's wants to convert to a retail outlet

Added: Tuesday, December 27th 2016

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Mark Dodds is back pulling pints

Mark Dodds is back pulling pints

Veteran pubs campaigner Mark Dodds is back doing what he enjoys best --- pulling pints in a pub. After a long losing and bruising battle with pub companies in London, he is back in the North-east, reviving the fortunes of the Brown Bear in Berwick. He is also planning to raise crowd funding money to help save other community locals

Added: Sunday, December 11th 2016

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Residents fight to save Sheffield pub

Residents fight to save Sheffield pub

Sheffield pubgoers plan to stall an attempt by Enterprise Inns to sell the Cherry Tree pub to the Co-op, which will turn it into a retail outlet. Residents, backed by the local branch of CAMRA, plan to apply for Asset of Community Value status for the pub, which if granted will give them six months to find an alternative buyer.

Added: Monday, November 21st 2016

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