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The rise of community cooperative ownership in Wales: I’ll drink to that…, Notebook

The rise of community cooperative ownership in Wales: I’ll drink to that…

David Cameron believes ‘we’re all Thatcherites now’. In one North Wales town battered by her policies they beg to differ and community cooperatives are on the rise…

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 8 May 2013 at 1:35 pm

Can retail technology save the British pub?, Bytesize

Can retail technology save the British pub?

How do you save the British pub? Relaxing the smoking ban is an option. Maybe breweries could support their landlords, instead of treating them like the squatters who stand between them and a big property deal. A less punitive tax system, which encouraged social drinking and punished binge boozers, might work.

By | Bytesize | Monday, 11 February 2013 at 4:09 pm

Why brewers fear the budget, Notebook

Why brewers fear the budget

There was a big do at the Norwegian Embassy last night. Ambassador Kim Traavik had invited a motley collection of beer worthies – brewers, writers, serious drinkers – to Palace Green in London to celebrate the official British launch of Nogne O’s beers. It was a convivial occasion, and a sign of the impact craft [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 16 March 2012 at 9:33 am

The future of the pub, part two, Uncategorized

The future of the pub, part two

Hilaire Belloc is regularly invoked when the plight of the pub is discussed. Though this French-born, Sussex-raised writer is now largely forgotten, one particular view still resonates: “When you have lost your inns, drown your empty selves, for you will have lost the last of England!” This (rather over-dramatic) statement is [...]

By | | Friday, 16 September 2011 at 8:43 am

The future of the pub, Notebook

The future of the pub

What does the future hold for the British pub? As well-worn a question as that is, satisfactory answers are hard to come by. Up to 25 pubs are still closing evey week* and everyone thinks they know why. Britain has changed and lots of pubs haven’t. The smoking ban [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 2 September 2011 at 8:49 am

The British Beer Video Blog, Notebook

The British Beer Video Blog

The British Beer Video Blog is a series of online films being produced by award winning brewer Peter Amor in association with Ian Hudson films.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 8 February 2011 at 12:12 pm

‘Pubs will disappear in poorer areas’, Notebook

‘Pubs will disappear in poorer areas’

There are still far too many pubs closing – 29 a week as it stands, down from 52 in 2009 – but there are reasons for optimism. As I wrote in the Independent last week, a focus on good quality beer is helping pubs that were on their last legs, or indeed closed, to thrive. [...]

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 11:48 am

Why are there so many bad pubs in London?, Notebook

Why are there so many bad pubs in London?

Drinking beer in London should be a pleasure – and sometimes it is. At bars like The Rake and pubs like The White Horse or The Royal Oak, you can just about imagine that you’re in the city that effectively invented modern brewing. But in so many other places across the capital, the beer is either boring or, much worse, downright revolting.

By | Notebook | Monday, 22 November 2010 at 10:26 am

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