Pubs banned from Off-Sales in new Lockdown

The new lockdown rules to be implemented from 5th November state that:-

“Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. However, takeaway of alcohol will not be allowed.”

In previous lock downs offering alcohol for takeaway was a lifeline for many pubs, and particularly breweries. It is a baffling and damaging decision to remove this option, particularly when other businesses such as supermarkets can continue to sell takeaway alcohol. CAMRA has written to the goverment asking for this restriction to be removed. You can read the full text of this letter here:- 

Concerned pub goers and beer drinkers in England can email their MP here:  

and ask for the removal of the takeaway restrictions, and for a proper support package for pubs and brewers to be implemented.

Source: Trafford & Hulme

Tier 3 Restrictions

It seems that for Bolton publicans it’s a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire. No sooner has the total lockdown imposed so unfairly on Bolton’s pubs been released then we’re back into the highest level restrictions along with the rest of Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire. Whilst the restrictions were not unexpected and there is no doubt that some measures are needed to stop the spread of the virus there is still a lack of compelling evidence that closing hospitality settings has a significant impact on the rate of infection. Bolton suffered the most severe restrictions in the whole of England back in September and yet the infections continued to rise. Nevertheless, CAMRA does not advocate any action which might lead to a spread of the virus and we will have to work with the hospitality industry and politicians in the borough to try and ensure those who work in the bars and pubs which will be forced to close receive the support they deserve to survive the new lockdown. We must also recognise the indirect effect on our local breweries. A thriving brewing scene has developed in the area over the last few years but without pubs to sell to the future for some of these brewers is bleak. It would be a huge disappointment if these enthusiastic entrepreneurs were forced out of business through a lack of support to help them keep going.

CAMRA has again written to the town’s MP’s asking them to lobby the government for support for the people affected by this crisis. A copy of the e-mail, a version of which was sent to Chris Green, Yasmin Qureshi and Mark Logan is set out below. If you feel as strongly about this issue as we do, please take the time to write to your MP along the same lines seeking urgent action.

Dear Chris,

I wrote to you recently on behalf of the Bolton Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale regarding the local lockdown which targeted Bolton so unfairly. On behalf of the branch I would like to say a huge thank you for all your efforts in conjunction with the other MP’s and the Council in lobbying the Government to lift the lockdown. You have shown your clear personal commitment to this issue in resigning your post as Parliamentary Private Secretary in protest at the prospect of further restrictions.

Even though the local lockdown has been lifted, our pubs are, as you know, still fragile coming out of that second closure period, with the threat of another looming. Pubs, their staff and pub-goers are doing everything they can to make sure pubs are used safely and responsibly – but the extended closure period during the local lockdown and current restrictions on customer numbers are devastating pubs and brewers. Pubs feel that they have become the scapegoat for the pandemic.

The support announced by the Chancellor for pubs that are being forced to close temporarily is welcome and necessary – but we must face facts that this announcement isn’t going to be enough, on its own, to save our pubs from extinction. With a reduced trade and measures like the curfew damaging consumer confidence, many pubs and breweries will not last until Christmas. Nearly a quarter of all hospitality businesses say they won’t last another three months without support. That’s over 100 pubs and thousands of jobs at risk in Bolton alone. Without bespoke help for pubs, communities like ours will lose a key part of our social fabric, with people missing out on the wellbeing and mental health benefits of enjoying a pint with friends and family.

If this continues without any action, we could lose our local pubs, and publicans will lose their livelihoods.

That’s why CAMRA’s Save Our Pubs campaign is calling for a proper support package for all pubs and breweries including:

·Comprehensive job support for all pubs and breweries- including those allowed to remain open but which aren’t viable due to the current restrictions
·Cancellation of the business rates for another year
·Action to tackle the rents crisis facing the sector
·New hospitality grants to support all pubs and brewers through the next six months of restrictions.

You’re already aware that businesses in Bolton are being left behind so I’m asking you act now to save our local pubs, clubs and breweries.

As one of Bolton’s MP’s, please will you write to the Chancellor, and ask him a Parliamentary Question if you are able, to urge him to announce a support package for pubs and brewers – before it is too late and they are lost forever.

Thanks again for all your help and I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,
John Mitchell,
Public Affairs Officer,
Bolton CAMRA

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Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton Lockdown

Bolton CAMRA shares the frustration of the town’s publicans with the current situation in the town. Even with the huge spike in infections, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that a different regime is required in Bolton than that imposed in the rest of  the North West  and we have been urging our local MP’s, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham and the Leader of Bolton Council, David Greenhalgh to lobby the government for three things.

  • the release of the local lockdown at the earliest opportunity, without prejudicing the infection levels, to bring it in line with the rest of the country so that hospitality businesses can operate on a level playing field with those in neighbouring boroughs.
  • to make available details of the additional funding for businesses forced to close as soon as possible so that those who are now facing cash flow problems because of the lockdown are not further disadvantaged.
  • a review of the amount of funding available to ensure that hospitality businesses are not left with unsustainable costs which may result in some of our best loved community facilities unable to survive.

CAMRA has received positive responses and all our local politicians are calling for Bolton’s hospitality industry to be brought in line with the rest of the country. CAMRA does not advocate any changes which might lead to an increase in the spread of the virus and people’s health is paramount but it does feel like Bolton has been singled out in this regard. Many people are simply crossing into adjoining boroughs and spending their money there rather than in Bolton. This is not good for Bolton’s businesses and does nothing to restrict the spread of the virus.

Below is a copy of the email, a version of which was sent to each of the local politicians, which  sets out our position.

I am writing on behalf of the Bolton Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale. I am sure that you share CAMRA’s concerns over the plight in which Bolton’s hospitality industry now finds itself.

CAMRA understands the dilemma which the government faces in trying to keep infection levels under control and would not advocate anything which might lead to an increase in those levels. Whilst certain pubs have been identified as potential drivers of the increased rates of infection in Bolton, the blanket lockdown does feel a bit like a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Even though Bolton had the highest levels of infection in the country, one can’t help feeling, particularly now that the whole country has been made subject to increased yet lesser restrictions, that Bolton seems to have been singled out for the harshest measures. It was particularly disappointing to hear politicians on national television and in parliament yesterday referring to Bolton having been subject to pubs closing early for 10 days, apparently unaware that the pubs are completely closed. It is little wonder that some publicans have posted on Facebook that they feel they have been forgotten.

You will understand the frustration of the business owners who find themselves closed down again having only just got used to operating their premises in a Covid compliant way. I am personally aware of publicans who have made significant investment in facilities to give them a fighting chance of operating a profitable business within the restraints that Covid imposes. Now they have had their opportunity to make a return on that investment suddenly taken away. Restaurants and pubs in the outer areas of the borough can also see their business leaking into the adjoining districts as people make short journeys to the nearest places just over the border which are still open.

I know that additional grants are being made available to those businesses which have been forced to close. My understanding is that this amounts to up to £1500 over three weeks depending on turnover. I do not know whether this is an indication that the lockdown will be lifted after three weeks but in any event, as the furlough scheme continues to wind down, this amount is unlikely to cover the costs these businesses are going to meet under the lockdown. It is also not clear whether those settings that offer takeaways are technically open and therefore ineligible. Furthermore, the Council website says that details of how this funding can be accessed are not yet available which does not help when those costs need to be met now.

The Bolton branch of CAMRA would appreciate your support in the following areas.

  • Lobbying the government for the release of the local lockdown at the earliest opportunity, without prejudicing the infection levels, to bring it in line with the rest of the country so that hospitality businesses can operate on a level playing field with those in neighbouring boroughs.
  • Asking the government to make details of the additional funding available as soon as possible so that business who are now facing cash flow problems because of the lockdown are not further disadvantaged.
  • Asking the government to review the amount of funding available to ensure that hospitality businesses are not left with unsustainable costs which may result in some of our best loved community facilities unable to survive.

Although I am writing on behalf of the Bolton branch, any lessons learned from the Bolton experience would assist CAMRA nationally in supporting pubs across the country if they face similar issues. In particular, more transparency in how decisions to impose such measures are reached would help us understand how we can avoid them in the future. I would reiterate that CAMRA does not advocate any measures which might lead to an increase in the infection levels but I hope we can rely on your support to help Bolton’s hospitality industry survive this current crisis.

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Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

CAMRA responds to the Government’s 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants

In response to the Government announcement that pubs and restaurants will be forced to close at 10pm from Thursday onwards, CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona commented:

“As things stand this morning, hospitality is the only sector to be subject to new restrictions. This will be devastating news for thousands of publicans across England who have been willing to do whatever is necessary to provide a safe, Covid-secure place for people to enjoy the wellbeing benefits of having a pint with friends and family.

“The Government should not impose arbitrary restrictions that target one sector without explanation or evidence, which, so far, we have not seen. We are now calling for a new financial support package to be introduced for pubs immediately, which includes the extension of the furlough scheme and the cancellation of business rates for another year, or they risk countless pub closures and job losses.”

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Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton pubs need financial help to survive local lockdown closures

Commenting on the Government’s decision to close pubs in Bolton as part of local lockdown measures, CAMRA’s National Chairman Nik Antona said: 

“Many pubs have struggled to re-open this summer, having invested their dwindling reserves to do so safely and securely in line with COVID-safe guidance. A second shutdown in Bolton is a devastating blow for these pubs and local people’s livelihoods. 

“Given the significant impact a second shutdown would have on the industry, the Government must introduce a new financial support package and extend the furlough scheme for pubs that are forced to close in local lockdowns. This is the only way to avoid permanent closures and further job losses.   

“Pub companies must also immediately cancel rent for tied pub tenants in Bolton. Tenants shouldn’t be forced to pay rent if they have no turnover. 

“CAMRA continues to encourage people to use pubs in safe and responsible way. While people in Bolton are unable to enjoy a pub pint with friends and family at the moment, they can still show support for their local pub by using takeaway or delivery services.”

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Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Campaigning – Small Brewers’ Relief

The Government recently announced a review of Small Brewers’ Relief (SBR).  This is a scheme which allows small breweries, producing less than 5,000HL a year, to pay a lower rate of duty (50%).  SBR has been instrumental in helping many small breweries to establish, compete and flourish. The announcement has already proposed the reduction of the SBR threshold to 2,100HL.  This will result in large increases in costs for many breweries, many of them familiar names. 

In a letter to Kemi Badenoch MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, CAMRA joined calls for the Government to rethink its plans to remove SBR from the smallest brewers to allow larger brewers to pay less, and to publish more information about any other proposed changes as soon as possible.

You can help support small brewers by signing the petition to reverse the change at

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Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Pubs. Pints. People.

The Campaign for Real Ale’s new podcast Pubs. Pints. People. brings you interesting stories each week about the world of beer, cider and pubs. Tune in every Tuesday with hosts Katie Wiles, Ant Fiorillo and Matt Bundy as they chat to special guests and learn about beer writing, brewing jobs, cider making and more. Each episode includes a ‘dive’ into CAMRA’s 50 year archive and a beer and food recipe, courtesy of food editor Sue Nowak.  Click here for the link to listen to the Podcasts.

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Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Changes to Small Brewers Relief

There over 50 small breweries in our LocalAle scheme who benifit from the Small Brewers Relief Scheme making it vital to a thriving beer market and consumer choice. Changes proposed by the government could see support removed from some of the smallest brewers. CAMRA is calling on the government to publish the full details of their proposals and ensure that no brewer loses relief they currently receive. You can help support small brewers by signing the petition at:-

Source: Trafford & Hulme

Covid-19 – Pub and Club Status

Whilst the situation is still evolving this page will list all pubs which are “Open” or offering additional services such takeaway food.

If you find any errors please tell us about it using the “Pub News” drop-down on the  Contact Form or by e-mailing whatpub (at)

Batch Bottlestore Altrincham

Opening 12 -4pm Every Saturday for takeouts only.

Maximum 2 customers in store at one time. 2 in at a time
– Hand sanitizer & disposable gloves available

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Belgian Bar Altrincham

Full delivery service, featuring food and top selected beers!

Delivery within 5km

Delivery available
Tuesday – Thursday 4 – 10pm
Friday & Saturday 4 – 11pm
Sunday 12 – 9pm

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Cheshire Tap Altrincham

Local delivery service, weekends only.

Simply call 01619297810 and place your order for delivery.

See Facebook for price list.

All NHS Staff purchases at cost price (with valid ID).

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Jack In The Box Altrincham

Open as a market stall in Altrincham Market Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 8am – 1pm

4 packs of cans and bag in box cask beer.

Delivery to addresses within the M60 Thursdays and Saturdays from 1.30pm. delivery with 5 miles of Altrincham on Fridays.

Order before 1pm for same day delivery.

5, 10 and 20 litre Cask to Box Beers from Blackjack and guest breweries, 3 litre pouches and 20 litre bag-in-box of Hallets cider. Limited selections of bottled lagers.

Rigorous social distancing measures in place. Big on sanitiser. Beer to your door step. Knock Knock. Step well back. Smile and wave.

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Old Market Tavern Altrincham

Re-opening 12 noon on Saturday 4th July

*All customers will need to register their contact details with us when visiting the pub (details to be kept for 21 days), to assist with the NHS Track & Trace system.
*Table service ONLY throughout the pub & at benches out front. Strictly NO standing at the bar
*Tables will be assigned on a 1st come 1st served basis.
*There will be dedicated entry & exit doors so please keep an eye out for signage & floor stickers to adhere to safe distancing.
*Sadly there will currently be no live bands or other entertainment
*Card payments are preferred to minimise contact & risk for yourselves & staff.
*All points of contact will be regularly cleaned and we will have hand sanitiser by the bucketful & ask that you please use it regularly.
*Well behaved dogs on leads are still welcome with their humans. Water & cool areas will be available for those puppers who have been scratching at the door for 3 months.

Please be patient & respect our staff & the rules we have to implement for their safety & yours.
We are as excited as you to be opening, but anyone getting overly giddy or not respecting them will be politely asked to leave & not return until normal service is resumed.

Cheers all
Jo & Kev

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Stubborn Mule Brewery Altrincham

Limited on-line ordering and Delivery Service

– Limited delivery days. All deliveries will be completed Tues/Friday until further notice and will be FREE to addresses within 3 miles of the brewery – No delivery beyond this.

– Payment ONLY ONLINE via Website shop.

– I’ll arrive with your delivery, will leave it on the doorstep – or an appropriate spot – and will call/text to confirm this.

– Enjoy your beer.

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Old Plough Ashton on Mersey

Reopening 4th July

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Stamford Bowdon

Takeaways service timings:-
Monday – Friday 4pm – 8pm and Saturday – Sunday 12noon – 8pm.
Place your order and pay over the phone on 0161 929 1221 from 11am
Draught beer will also be able to be purchased to take away as part of your order.

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Laundrette Chorlon-cum-Hardy

Reopening 4th July focusing on outdoor space

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Beech Road Tap House Chorlton

Open for take out only from 12-6pm Wed-Sun.

Reopening for drink in from 4th July.

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Beagle Chorlton-Cum-Hardy

For the first time EVER you can order food (& pints!) via our app. Select a time slot, add your mains, snacks and pints to your basket and then at your chosen time, stroll on down to pick it up (we have social distancing measures aplenty). You can pre-book your time slot until 9pm tonight, and it’ll be ready for you when you arrive. Takeaway £3 pints of Beagle Pale/Lager, £4.40 Pomona – House IPA, and plenty of other choice kegs available. No minimum order, pay via the app. Easy.

Head to our app to make your order: search Common and Co on the app store to find it.

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Beer House Chorlton-Cum-Hardy

Opening from 4th July. Table service. Booking recommended.

Call: 0161 881 9206 (9am-5pm) to book.

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Bowling Green Chorlton-Cum-Hardy

Opening the bar on Monday 6th &
Accommodation from 4th July

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Brewski Chorlton-Cum-Hardy

Offering click and collect food ordering on selected weekends (Thursday to Saturday).
Check facebook to find out when service is running.

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Duffy’s Bar Chorlton-Cum-Hardy

Reopening 6th July at 1pm

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Electrik Chorlton-Cum-Hardy

Pizza Project is making a big comeback!
We’ll be serving our delicious crispy, handmade pizzas topped with all manor of tasty delights Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings from 5:30pm.
All you have to do is drop in and see us or call 0161 881 3315 to place your order

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Font Chorlton-Cum-Hardy

Reopening on 4th July

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Henry C Chorlton-cum-Hardy

A range of cocktails, beer and wine to takeaway. Open 4pm – 7pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for collection and takeaway.

Reopening 9th July & accepting bookings now. to book a table

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Man Bites Frog Chorlton-cum-Hardy

Takeaway and delivery of food Weds-Sunday including Sunday roasts.
Preorders only on on 07440710732 or via Facebook.
See Facebook for menu:.

Reopening from 4th July (Saturday from 10am and Sunday from 12)

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Mary & Archie Chorlton-cum-Hardy

Open for takeout food & drink.
Thursday to Sunday
Click and collect or visit and order.

Reopening on Saturday 4th July with measures in place for protection of customers and staff.

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Proof Chorlton-Cum-Hardy

Delivery of cocktails Friday and Saturday.
To order and find out more click:

Getting things ready to welcome you back on *10th July* & make sure everything’s done in the safest way possible.

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Royal Oak Hotel Chorlton-Cum-Hardy

We’re now open for takeaway!
Place your orders via the Deliveroo app, the Greene King app, or by calling us on 0161 860 7438

We hope you’ve missed us as much as we’ve missed you. We are back and are now offering takeaway for you to enjoy your favourite pub classics at home. We’ve worked hard to put additional safety measures in place to make sure you and our team are safe. We look forward to seeing you!

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Sedge Lynn Chorlton-Cum-Hardy

Reopening 4th July

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Spoon Inn Chorlton-cum-Hardy

Open from 4th July with new food and much more
We will be doing food in the evenings (aswell as the usual breakfast and lunch hours) from Thursday – Sunday for all you hungry spooners.

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Strange Brew Chorlton-Cum-Hardy

Reopening 4th July.
Bookings for booths available via facebook from Monday 29th June.

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Dunham Cider Press Dunham Massey

Local delivery up to 10 miles (larger orders to 20 miles)

Order by email or phone (Email: Tel: 07889 177334)

Payment by BACs or Card prior to delivery

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Old Abbey Taphouse Greenheys

Food and Drink, including some beers in 2 and 4 pint containers available for home delivery via Uber Eats

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Artisan Ales Sale

Deliveries available on request.

Email for stock list and more information

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Longford Tap Stretford

Back open Saturday 4th July from 12 midday!

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Quarry Bank Inn Timperley

Reopening 4th July

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Assembly Urmston

Growler fill delivery service.

Browse tap list on website then email your order over to
Fill out growler pick up on form website. Payment link sent by text.

Orders received before 4pm will be delivered same day – orders received after will be sent out the following day.

Future bar vouchers via Crowdfunder

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Brew Chimp Urmston

Food from Dock Off Food Co and beer delivery.
Open 4pm to 9pm on the Shocal app.

Live music Tuesday evenings and virtual pub quiz Wednesdays via Facebook Live.

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Prairie Schooner Taphouse Urmston

Beer and cider in bottles & cans only including cider from Hogan’s, Moss Cider and Dunkertons.

Collection by appointment between 12-5pm Tue-Sat, or Tue-Sat home delivery 3 miles around Urmston with £25 minimum spend.
See web site for details.

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Steamhouse Urmston

Full English breakfast and Sunday lunches available for collection or delivery via the Shocal app.

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Hillary Step Whalley Range

Open for take outs Friday 4-8/Saturday 2-6, Growler fills from keg (& possibly cask, please check) plus bottles/cans

Live music continuing via live stream, see Facebook for details

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Source: Trafford & Hulme