Fair Deal For Your Local: Time for Pubco Reform!
3rd May 2013 The next big campaign from CAMRA and you have to act now to make a difference. The great scourge for beer drinkers now the beer duty escalator has gone is the beer tie. The fundamental problem is that the large pub companies are taking more than is reasonable from the profits of each pub, so licensees and pub goers alike suffer. A fair deal will result in the average tied pub being £4,000 better off annually. A full explanation of the Pubco model can be found here. The government has proposed a package of reforms and is going through a consultation period until 14th June. Click on the logo in the right hand section to go to the website and find a way to make you voice heard on this matter!
Latest News and Updates
22nd May 2013 - news; Just a snippet of news, the Chequers in Westoning after recently closing appears to have reopened again.
14th May 2013 - updates; The Thursday socials page has been updated for June.
The useful links page has been updated with a link to the under utilized website perfect pint. Take a look and encourage those pubs on there to keep it up to date!
3rd May 2013 - news; The Albion in Ampthill has displayed a world record sized Bedfordshire Clanger baked in Ampthill in aid of the Keech Hospice. Not sure if it made the Guiness Book of Records but it looks mighty impressive! Click on the picture of it to get a larger image.
updates; The LocAle list has been updated. The Conservative Club and Old Sugar Loaf have been added. Also, the beer list for this weekends beer festival at the Victoria in Dunstable has been added to the other beer festivals page.
29th April 2013 - update; Beer lists for the May Day bank holiday weekend beer festivals in Baldock and the White Horse in Harpenden are now on the other beer festivals page.
24th April 2013 - update; The beer list for the Old Farm Inn in Totternhoe taking place this weekend is on the other beer festivals page.
19th April 2013 - news; The Chequers in Westoning has unfortunately closed again.
update; More beer festivals to tell you all about, this time in Baldock and Crawley. Information on the usual page.
14th April 2013 - news; This weekend a joint decision by the three Bedfordshire CAMRA branches awarded Bedfordshire Pub of the Year to the Albion in Ampthill (right). The Devonshire Arms in Bedford (North Beds Pub of the Year) was runner-up with the March Hare in Dunton (East Beds Pub of the Year) coming third.
updates There is going to be a beer festival at the Victoria in Dunstable over the May bank holiday weekend, details on the other beer festivals page.
10th April 2013 - news; The spring newsletter is now out at a good pub near you!
updates; The other beer festivals page has been updated with the beer list for the upcoming Pheasant Beer Festival plus beer festivals in Harlington and Marsworth.
The Thursdays socials page has been updated for May.
31st March 2013 - news; The Swan in Leighton Buzzard has a meet the brewer evening on Thursday 4th April with the Concrete Cow brewery showcasing their ales. This coincides with the start of the Wetherspoon beer festival which starts the previous day. Meet the brewer starts at around 7pm. More details on the Wetherspoon beer festival can be found on the other beer festivals page.
24th March 2013 - updates; The organised trips page has been updated with details of our trip to the Cambridge Beer Festival in May and a trip to Budapest in September.
18th March 2013 - updates; Beer lists and tasting notes for the forthcoming beer festivals at the Angler's Retreat, Marsworth and Red Lion Leighton Buzzard are now on the other beer festivals page.
11th March 2013 - updates; Fancy a good long walk with beer at the end? Join us for the Anglers Retreat Beer Festival Walk on 23rd March, details on the organised trips page. The other beer festivals page has also been updated.
another update; The Thursday Socials page has been updated for April. Do note on two occasions we visit local beer festivals in a slight change to the norm.
6th March 2013 - We've been contacted by Adam Spokes who has allowed us to publish his blog regarding his recent trip to the Luton Beer and Cider Festival. To read this excellent piece go to his blog and take a look.
update; The other beer festivals page has been updated again with a beer festival at the White Lion in Dunstable over Easter added to the list.
Know of any pub news or upcoming beer festivals we've not listed? Email us.