The All Party Parliamentary Pub Group

The Pubs APPG is a group of MPs from across parliament, and our goal is to promote and campaign for the interests of pubs, landlords and the communities around these pubs both in Westminster and beyond.

Today, with the support of CAMRA, we’re launching an Inquiry.

We want to listen to you and make recommendations to the Government about the best ways to support pubs in the coming months.

I want to ask you to take part and make your voice heard. You can get involved on our website by taking a short survey, just click on the link here.


Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Pubs and Clubs Open from April

Member Jim Brunt has produced a very useful and welcome map showing you which pubs are open from April 17th. Click on the link to take you to the map. A few caveats – we arent yet aware of the status of some pubs, but we will update as soon as people tell us they are open, or members inform us a pub is open. Also some pubs are operating a booking system so its best to call them before you visit – you could be disappointed.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1jRPI59Q0-vRn_VcRkBf0h9s4QCUWC46T&ll=53.577386552346326%2C-2.1924736677747947&z=11

Many thanks to Jim for his hard work.


Source: Rochdale, Oldham & Bury Branch News

Branch Pubs which have re-opened

These are the Branch pubs which we understand have reopened for outdoor-service since 12th April. This information is our best knowledge but we can’t guarantee it is correct.  Please check opening times and booking arrangements before you go.  Be aware that you need to check in or sign in for test and trace so please be prepared and be patient with bar staff. 

Please keep us informed of other reopened pubs at pubs@bolton.camra.org.uk
If you do visit a pub try to order a fresh cask beer if available and give it a score on whatpub.com

Alma Inn
Barristers/Swan
Hen & Chickens
York
Northern Monkey (from Friday)
Victoria Inn (Fanny’s), Markland Hill
Bob’s Smithy Inn (from Friday)
Beaumont Arms, Ladybridge
Waggon & Horses, Westhoughton
White Lion, Westhoughton
Robert Shaw, Westhoughton
Cherry Tree, Blackrod
Goose & Gander, Blackrod
Red Lion, Blackrod
Poacher, Blackrod
Beeley’s, Horwich
Original Bay Horse, Horwich
Blundell Arms, Horwich
Jolly Crofters, Horwich
Brewery Bar, Horwich 
Tails and Ale, Horwich (from Saturday)
Wayoh Brewing Co, Horwich
Crofters, Bradshaw
Railway, Bromley Cross
Nook & Cranny, Bromley Cross
Spread Eagle, Bromley Cross
White Horse, Harwood
The Thomas Egerton
Mosley Arms, Breightmet
Britannia, Farnworth
Market St Tavern, Stoneclough
Grapes, Stoneclough
Kearsley & Ringley Conservative Club (members only)
Horseshoe, Ringley
Unity Brook Inn, Kearsley
Wilton Arms, Belmont

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Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Good Beer Guide 2022 Selection Process

In order to support Pubs and Clubs CAMRA are planning to publish a Good Beer Guide for 2022 but with a 20% reduction in entries.

As its not possible to hold a meeting to select our entries the Branch is E-Mailing the voting forms our members. 

If you have not received your forms you can e-mail treasurer <at> thcamra.org.uk with your name and membership number she will forward you a form.

Note:-

If are a Branch Member and you did not receive a form its possible your contact details held by HQ are incorrect, or your preferences exclude Branch E-Mails.

If you are a member and wish to receive branch e-mails visit the members dashboard:-

https://camra.org.uk/my-membership/

and check under “my membership” that your E-Mail address and Branch stored by CAMRA are correct and that under “Marketing Preferences”  you have ticked the e-mail option next to “I wish to be contacted by my local CAMRA branch on local events and activities.” If you are undable to access the dashboard then you can ring the membership team on 01727 798440.


Source: Trafford & Hulme

Manchester Pubs Matter Beer Festival

MPMF Logo light background 1The pandemic has ruled out Manchester Beer & Cider Festival returning to the city in 2021. But for beer lovers in the city and beyond, the loss of the physical festival is the least of our worries.

Pubs up and down the country have been struggling to eek out any kind of existence since the first lockdown closed all their doors back in March 2020. And Greater Manchester’s pubs have been under lockdown or severe restrictions more than anywhere else in the country.

At Manchester Beer and Cider festival we love beer and cider. But it was the pubs that let us discover the great ales and gorgeous ciders while socialising with friends and family. Pubs are a vital part of our social fabric and we want to say as loud as we can that PUBS MATTER.

So at Manchester Beer and Cider Festival we have  teamed up with five of Greater Manchester’s finest pubs to bring you the Manchester Pubs Matter Festival.

The Manchester Pubs Matter Festival will run from Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th February 2021. 

For details of how to participate see the MBCF web site

https://mancbeerfest.uk/what-is-the-manchester-pubs-matter-festival/


Source: Trafford & Hulme

CAMRA’s Golden Awards

To celebrate, CAMRA wants to recognise 50 people, groups of people or businesses that have made a significant contribution to CAMRA’s aims. 

Do you know any person or business you think worthy of a nomination? These do not need to be CAMRA members, but anyone who in the past 50 years has gone above and beyond to further the aims of CAMRA. It could be a publican, brewer/producer, pub/club champion, or a campaigner for beer, cider or perry for example.

Nominations are now open and will close on 16 March 2021 (our 50th anniversary).  For details see: https://camra.org.uk/50-years/golden-awards/ 

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Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Pubs and breweries need more financial support to survive new lockdown: CAMRA

Responding to the new national lockdown in England and the announcement for grants of up to £9,000 for hospitality businesses, CAMRA Chairman Nik Antona said:

“The national lockdown is yet another devastating blow for an already struggling industry, which follows hot on the heels of nearly a year of restrictions, curfews and forced closures.

“It is clear now more than ever that the Government must introduce a new, long-term and sector-specific financial support package to help these businesses survive the coming months. While one-off grant support is welcome, it is nowhere near enough to cover the haemorrhaging costs for pubs and breweries that don’t see any end in sight.

“What is particularly concerning in the latest announcement has been the confusion around whether pubs will be able to operate on a level playing field with supermarkets and off licences during this lockdown – as they have been able to previously. Takeaway sales, in sealed containers, for people to take home, were a real lifeline for the trade in previous lockdowns and restricting that route to market now would be a death knell for many pubs. This will once again provide an unfair advantage to supermarkets and off-licenses that don’t face similar restrictions.

“The Government must recognise that local pubs are a force for good and play an important role in bringing people together, tackling loneliness and social isolation, and supporting their local communities. When this nightmare is over, they will be vital to the nation’s healing process – so long as they are still standing.

“A new, dedicated and decent financial support package must reach our pubs and breweries quickly to save them from permanent closure and help hard-working licensees through this incredibly difficult time.”

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This morning (5th January 2021), we’ve written to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to seek urgent clarification and assurances for licensees that they will able to operate on a level playing field during the latest lockdown in England, and to ask that brewers and cider makers also receive grant support. Read the letter below:

Dear Mr Sharma,

I am writing from CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, to seek urgent clarification and assurances for consumers and licensees across England that pubs and social clubs will be able to operate on a level playing field with supermarkets and off-licences during this latest lockdown.

This lockdown is necessary, and everyone must do what they can to stop the spread of Coronavirus. Publicans in England are ready to do this, as they have done twice before, and will continue to help the local response in their communities.

However, pubs and hospitality venues must be allowed to operate on a level playing field with supermarkets and off-licences. Just a few months ago, the Government made temporary alterations to premises licences, allowing pubs to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises, on a level playing field with supermarkets and off-licences. This move was welcomed by industry groups and consumers and was touted by Government at the time to allow some trade to continue.

The latest regulations and guidance appear to restrict pubs from selling any alcohol, except through delivery services, which is not a viable option for most licensees. This is grossly unfair and the latest in a series of measures that have restricted hospitality businesses, while handing an advantage to large supermarkets at the expenses of small, community businesses.

Please urgently clarify that hospitality businesses will be able to operate as off-licences, on a level playing field with supermarkets, selling alcohol in sealed containers for consumers to take home.

Underlying all of this is the need for an adequate, dedicated financial support package that must reach publicans, and brewers and other supply chain producers, as soon as possible.

One-off grant support announced this morning is welcome, but with hospitality businesses facing an indefinite closure period, this will not provide the certainty of adequate ongoing support to safeguard businesses and jobs. It is also unclear as to whether brewers and cider producers will be able to access the funding – please urge Department and Treasury colleagues to confirm that they will as soon as possible. As well as grant funding, the support package must include an extension of the VAT cut to include alcoholic drinks to support wet-led pubs, and it is essential that the business rates holiday for all hospitality businesses is continued for 2021/2022.

Pubs and social clubs will be a central part of the recovery from the pandemic – both for the mental and social wellbeing of communities and for the economy, but this will not happen if hardworking licensees cannot afford to open their doors again on the other side of this lockdown, whenever that may be.

As always, CAMRA, our members and beer and pub lovers across the UK want to support our community pubs, social clubs and the wider hospitality sector when it can reopen again.

Please ensure that licensees are treated fairly, and that a proper business support package is in place so that everyone will have a local to return to when it is safe to do so.

Yours sincerely,

Nik Antona

CAMRA Chairman

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Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Tier announcement underlines the importance of financial support for pubs and brewers

Commenting on the announcement that almost all of England will be placed into Tier 2 and 3 restrictions, CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona said: 

“After an agonising wait, licensees across the country have had their worst fears confirmed – in all but three council areas in the country, pubs will either be closed or only able to open if they are serving substantial meals. 

“This is especially devastating in the run up the Christmas, where people in Tier 3 areas won’t be able to go to the pub at all, and those in Tier 2 areas won’t be able to visit to socialise safely with those outside of their household – which will increase feelings of loneliness and social isolation after a year that has been tough for many.  

“CAMRA has been clear – we do not think that evidence has been produced to justify extra restrictions on hospitality, and particularly wet-led pubs, but if the Government wants to proceed, they must announce more financial help. 

“It is really very simple – hospitality businesses have been singled out for extra restrictions, so they must be given dedicated support.  

“This needs to take the form of increased grant funding to cover rent and costs, and include an extension to the business rates holiday, and an extension of the VAT cut to alcoholic drinks. 

“This is vital to ensure that communities will have locals to return to in 2021 and can once again reap the social and wellbeing benefits of pub–going.”

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Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News