Gary Murphy runs the historic, listed Old Mitre Inne in Barnet, North-west London and is locked in a long-running battle with the Pubs Code Adjudicator (PCA) as a result of his plan to go free of tie with the pub's owner, Greene King. He has spent thousands of pounds of his own money on legal costs and has taken to crowd funding to finance a court hearing with the PCA.
Added: Monday, March 11th 2019
The Wonston Arms in Hampshire, that was derelict and closed four years ago, has won the prestigious title of National Pub of the Year in the annual competition staged by CAMRA -- the Campaign for Real Ale. Landlord Matt Todd not only serves a good range of local cask ales but also runs a series of events that involve the local community and raise funds for charities
Added: Thursday, February 28th 2019
Harry is the landlord of the Dock & Duck in rural southern England. He has a lease with Enterprise Inns, the country's biggest pub company, now known as Ei Group. Harry is not his real name as he wants to renew his lease but he is keen to show how difficult it is to run pubs when they are tied to their landlords for beer. Harry says he pays some £60,000 a year more than if he bought his beer on the open market.
Added: Thursday, February 14th 2019
Independent Yorkshire family brewer Black Sheep of Masham has bought York Brewery and its pubs, saving 40 jobs. York Brewery and its owner, Mitchells of Lancaster, went into administration earlier this month but now York will continue to brew and supply its pubs. Pictured are Rob Theakston and Andy Slee of Black Sheep, who have brought the brewery back into profit and are now pursuing a new retailing strategy
Added: Friday, December 21st 2018
Jeffrey John Bell is one of the best-known pub landlords in the country who built his reputation with two London pubs, the Gunmakers and the Finborough Arms. But now he's running the ancient Ypres Castle Inn in Rye on the Romney Marsh in Sussex where he offers a range of beers from local breweries, including Three Legs on a local farm.
Added: Friday, December 7th 2018
A group of four beer lovers called The Completists take on the onerous task every year of visiting every pub listed in the Good Beer Guide.They visited St Albans, a small city with 50 pubs, and joined Roger Protz on a selection of some of the pubs in the 2019 guide. When news leaked out via social media, a few more drinkers came along for a crawl of pubs with not only good beer but also some fascinating history
Added: Tuesday, November 27th 2018
The small market town of Waltham Abbey in Essex once claimed, with 27 inns, to have the most pubs in Europe. The number has declined to 10 but they include the ancient Welsh Harp, with links to the abbey, the 17th century Sun, and the multi-award-winning Woodbine on the edge of Epping Forest that has won 27 awards from CAMRA for beer and cider and now plans its own brewery
Added: Monday, November 19th 2018
The Pub Code Adjudicator Paul Newby is tackling the giant companies over the barriers they have created to stop publicans getting a better deal on rents and beer choice. The pub code was brought in in 2016 to ensure a better deal for landlords, including the right to go free of tie with a Market Rent Only option. But few landlords have won the right to MRO and Newby is concerned by the high number of pub seizures and closures
Added: Friday, August 31st 2018
Mark Crilley is a prolific author and artist who uses the Japanese Manga style to fashion his comics and adventure stories for a mainly young adult audience. He has travelled widely and fell in love with British beer and pubs on visits to the UK. He regrets that so little British beer is available in the U.S. though one brewery in Michigan, where he lives, makes an ESB. Pictured is an illustration showing a character outside an English village pub
Added: Friday, March 2nd 2018
The Cricketers Arms in St Helens, Merseyside, was boarded up five years ago but it was rescued by Andy and Denise Evans and has now won CAMRA's prestigious Pub of the Year competition for 2018. Judges praised its wide range of cask ales and its strong community spirit. Andy and Denise are seen centre receiving their award
Added: Wednesday, February 28th 2018