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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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Fuller's historic brewery tap to close

Fuller's historic brewery tap to close

The Mawson Arms, Fuller's Grade II-listed brewery tap in Chiswick, West London, is to close. The pub dates from the 18th century and was named after the Mawson family that bought two small breweries near the Thames that later merged into Fuller, Smith & Turner. The brewery was sold to Asahi of Japan in 2019 and Fuller's is now a pub company. It has moved to new offices and says the pub is surplus to requirements.

Added: Wednesday, July 15th 2020

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Pubs: you always miss the ones you love

Pubs: you always miss the ones you love

It's when the pubs are closed that you realise how much you miss them. Here's a run down of just some of the hostelries I have visited and treasured over the years. Pictured: the Boleyn Tavern in London E6 that used to stand next to West Ham United football ground

Added: Thursday, May 28th 2020

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Take a visual tour of award-winning pubs

Take a visual tour of award-winning pubs

Pubs may be shut with no firm date for re-opening but beer lovers can take a visual tour of award-winning hostelries chosen by CAMRA's Pub Design Awards. They include some new builds and some pubs that have been restored to their former glory. The winners include the Farmers' Arms in Devon (pictured)

Added: Tuesday, May 5th 2020

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New struggle over future of Roscoe Head

New struggle over future of Roscoe Head

Carol Ross, pictured, landlady of the Roscoe Head in Liverpool -- one of the Famous Five pubs to feature in every edition of the Good Beer Guide -- is once again locked in a dispute with her landlord over its future. Last year New River Retail said it would more than double her rent and refused her request for Market Rent Only that would allow her sell beers free of the tie. Her lease is up for renewal and it's unclear whether New River will keep her on

Added: Monday, April 27th 2020

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Beer and pubs in the firing line

Beer and pubs in the firing line

The nation's pubs are shut tight and it's not the first time they have suffered during a time of crisis. During the First World War, the teetotal Liberal politician David Lloyd George (pictured) drove through measures that drastically cut pub opening hours, increased the price of beer and remodelled pubs to make them less cheerful places to visit. Massive rises in beer duty led to stronger beers such as IPA becoming a shadow of their former selves

Added: Thursday, April 9th 2020

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Pub heroes boost their communities

Pub heroes boost their communities

As the pub lockdown enters its second week, pubs in England, Scotland and Wales are offering help to their communities with delivery services of fresh food, meals-on-wheels for senior citizens and accommodation for NHS nurses. Pictured: fire fighters at Cwbran with food parcels supplied by Brain's brewery in Cardiff

Added: Monday, April 6th 2020

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