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New era for pub tenants?

What may well prove to be a significant moment for our country’s pubs occurred in July: the coming into force of the Pub Code, with its significant clause allowing pub tenants and lessees to change to a market rent only (MRO) tenancy, in which the tie on beer (and everything else) is broken. This only applies to companies with more than 500 pubs and only in certain circumstances, notably when there is a rent review. The initiative lies with the tenant, and it is always open to the pubco to make a better offer to try to keep the tie. They may yet find one or more loopholes. This is not a revolution. It is not the end of the tied house, nor of the large pubcos. It is unlikely to result in cheaper beer (what does?). It may, however, mark a period of greater stability in the trade where publicans can remain in a pub for several years and build up a relationship with their customers. In this area, there has been a steady trickle anyway of pubs converting to genuine free houses, as pubcos, especially Mitchells, dispose of unwanted pubs to individual owners. We may hope and expect that this trend will now continue.

Unspoilt rural pub wins prestigious award

The Lunesdale Branch of CAMRA is pleased to announce that its 2016 Pub of the Year is the Limeburner’s Arms in Nether Kellet. This was chosen by a panel of judges using definite criteria, from nominations by local members. The certificate of the award was presented at a ceremony in the pub well-attended by both pub regulars and CAMRA members. Presenting the certificate, Branch Chairman Michael Dillon said, “It is a real pleasure to present this award to an unspoilt rural pub. Three other pubs were nominated and the result was very close, but to win this award you don’t have to be a smart town pub having a big range of real ales. The Limeburner’s Arms came out on top as it is a very good rural community pub selling good locally brewed real ale at reasonable prices. It is a friendly pub welcoming both locals and visitors alike and customers will always talk to strangers. Nether Kellet would be worse off if it were to close.” Receiving the certificate, proprietor Joe Moore said, “I was quite shocked to receive this. Thanks to the members of CAMRA for choosing me and my customers for supporting me.”

Chairman Michael Dillon presents the certificate to proprieter Joe Moore

Chairman Michael Dillon presents the certificate to proprieter Joe Moore