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CAMRA is concerned about the planning loopholes that mean pubs can be converted into supermarkets without requiring planning permission
On January 21st, the Hope & Champion became the newest pub in the branch.
An East London ‘craft ale’ pub offers almost a thousand largely indistinguishable artisan beers. The on-trend hostelry, which has its own micro-brewery and is run by young men with tattoos, boasts of having the most bewildering selection of similar ales in the capital.
A pub that serves alcohol every day from 09:00 has opened at a service station on the M40 motorway near Beaconsfield, 25 miles west of London. BBC Newsnight sent Top Gear's The Stig to try it out.
The closure of the Antelope highlights the immense pressure that licences of the large pub companies have been under. Last year the Government recognised that “there is some real hardship in the pubs sector, with many pubs going to the wall as publicans are struggling to survive on tiny margins. Some of this is due to pubcos [pub companies] exploiting and squeezing their publicans by unfair practices and a focus on short-term profits. Four Select Committee reviews since 2004 have highlighted these problems” (Vince Cable MP, January 2013).
Come and meet CAMRA at the Winslow Beer Festival!
20:15 Hope and Champion, Beaconsfield Services, 21:15 Lambert Arms, Aston Rowant, 21:45 Cherry Tree, Kingston Blount
20:00 Britannia, 20:45 Royal British Legion, 21:30 Duke of Cambridge
National CAMRA Books Committee, St Albans
Join Swan Supping Editor, David Roe, on his 61st Birthday celebration!