I’ve written a long article on my beerwriter.co.uk blog, where I talk about my local pub, The Hand and Heart, which is currently under threat of closure due to financial pressures.
It’s a proper ‘local’ pub, with a small friendly community of drinkers who are always up for a chat over a pint. The landlord Bram is an old fashioned grumpy but thoughtful old school landlord, who probably knows more about beer and how to keep it than anyone else in the city.
The pub is owned by Enterprise Inns, a property management company who own and lease pubs all around the UK. Bram wishes to go free of tie, so he can buy beer from whoever and wherever he likes, at market prices, rather than direct through Enterprise, as he feels the extra margins he can make that way will help keep the pub viable. He also wants to create a micro-brewery on the pub grounds, which again should allow him to make much higher margins on the home-brewed beer.
It’s a pub of real history, one of 250 or so that CAMRA list as “nationally important” – it’s an almost original 1930’s pub, and there are very few of those between wars pubs. It also is a rate in that it has a war memorial inside, I believe I’ve read there are less than 100 pubs with one of those in the entire country!
Anyway – please have a read of my blog where I explain it all in more details, and how you can help keep this pub open. It has already had over 450 shares on Facebook, and my local MP has joined the campaign.
cheers, Kristian ‘Krispy’ Brown