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…
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.
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 [...]
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 Will Hawkes | | Friday, 16 September 2011 at 8:43 am
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 [...]
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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. [...]
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.
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