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Historic Magdala is back in business

Historic Magdala is back in business

The Magdala Tavern in Hampstead, North London, is famous as the place where Ruth Ellis -- the last woman to be hanged in Britain -- shot her lover in 1955. The pub, owned by Punch Taverns, had been closed since 2014 but it's been bought by Dick Morgan who also runs the Express Tavern in Kew and the Sussex Arms in Twickenham. He has spent £250,000 restoring a famous North London landmark with a fine range of beers

Added: Saturday, July 3rd 2021

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Historic Cockney pub restored to glory

Historic Cockney pub restored to glory

A famous East End pub, the Boleyn Tavern, has been restored to its Victorian splendour thanks to a £1 million refurbishment by its owners, Remarkable Pubs. The pub was opened in 1900 by the Limehouse brewer Taylor Walker and it was visited on several occasions by Mahatma Gandhi when he was studying in London. The pub fell into disrepair when West Ham United moved to Stratford but it's now fully open with a good range of cask beers

Added: Sunday, June 27th 2021

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Battle royal to save Art Deco gem

Battle royal to save Art Deco gem

The future of the Iron Duke pub in Great Yarmouth hangs in the balance as the local council and preservation trust decide whether its future is as a pub or retail or private building. The Art Deco pub was built in the 1930s but has been closed for 15 years. It's now Grade II-listed but this will not protect it from being turned into different, alternative use

Added: Monday, June 21st 2021

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The case for making cask ale special

The case for making cask ale special

As pubs start to reopen and the end of lockdown in sight, it's vital that cask ale gets special treatment to stop the slow decline in sales. We need to treat it as "the wine of the country", part of our national heritage and made with great care and passion and it needs to be given special attention on pub bars

Added: Friday, June 4th 2021

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A paean of praise for London's pubs

A paean of praise for London's pubs

Matthew Curtis and Orlando Gili have given London pubs a much-needed boost with a gem of a book that lists 52 of the finest pubs in London. They list pubs in all parts of the capital, ranging from old coaching inns to modern watering holes, including one converted from a mock-Tudor public convenience

Added: Thursday, June 3rd 2021

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Coalition calls for beer tax relief for pubs

Coalition calls for beer tax relief for pubs

A coalition of brewers, consumers and pub groups has joined forces to urge the Chancellor to reduce the duty charged on draught beer to help pubs compete more fairly with cut-price beer in supermarkets. The group says a cut in duty would create many jobs for the pub sector and would encourage drinkers to use pubs more often

Added: Wednesday, May 19th 2021

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Blinkered thinking is wrecking pubs

Blinkered thinking is wrecking pubs

While the government has banned pubs from selling take home beer, retail outlets -- including petrol stations -- are free to sell alcohol. Twice as many pubs closed in 2020 compared to the previous year and it's expected many more will close as a result of the restrictions. Pictured, the King William IV in St Albans, now closed, while three retail outlets yards away can sell alcohol all day and evening.

Added: Friday, January 8th 2021

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Roscoe: great victory for all pub lovers

Roscoe: great victory for all pub lovers

Carol Ross, landlady of the Roscoe Head in Liverpool, is finally victorious. She now owns the historic pub after years of struggle with Punch Taverns and New River Retail. She is now free to sell the beers she favours, not those imposed on her by giant pub companies. Carol is full of praise for her supporters throughout the country who backed her in her battle for freedom

Added: Monday, December 28th 2020

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Virus wreaks havoc for British pubs

Virus wreaks havoc for British pubs

The 2021 edition of the Good Beer Guide, published by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, says the coronavirus pandemic has caused havoc for British pubs, many of which have not reopened since the first national lockdown was lifted in the summer. And for the first time for many years, the Guide reports a decline in the number of breweries operating in the country

Added: Thursday, October 29th 2020

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Czeching in: Budvan's new pub service

Czeching in: Budvan's  new pub service

The Budvan is a new service from Budweiser Budvar that delivers fresh Budvar Original to pubs with a full back-up service that enables the Czech lager to be served in tip-top condition. The Buvan is seen delivering beer to the Forge pub near Leicester, part of the Beautiful Pubs group.

Added: Tuesday, August 4th 2020

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