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 PUBS GROUP

Our Aims

The British pub is the envy of much of the world. From rural local to city music pub and suburban roadhouse, the pub has been a part of our lives for centuries. We want it to stay that way.

Our aims are simple:

The Pubs Group will:

Promote the use of community pubs.

Campaign against closure of pubs that could be viable.

Campaign against insensitive alterations.



Who are we ?

The Bristol Pubs Group is made up entirely of volunteers from the area (anywhere with a BS postcode or with a BA5 postcode and on the west side of or west of the A37 plus the Crown at Kelston). Although the group is led by Bristol CAMRA, it includes several non-members. The group includes representatives from the licensed trade, an Alderman, architects and members of community groups.

All of us have one thing in common: a love of the British Pub. We value the place of the pub in the community. We are aware that pubs are closing at an unprecedented rate and that action is needed to stem the tide of destruction of a much-loved part of our way of life.



Why are pubs closing ?

There are many reasons for the increased number of pubs calling “time” for the last time.

Many pubs have had difficulty adapting to the Smoking Ban.

Many closures result from pubs being badly run or from greedy owners cashing in on the value of their property as housing or flats.

Supermarkets heavily subsidize alcohol, offering prices as little as a third of what pubs can afford.

Bristol Pubs Group campaigns where we believe that a pub is or could be viable. We support the place of the pub in the community and the value of the pub as part of our architectural and social heritage.



How do we campaign ?

We maintain and develop relationships with local authorities, councillors and MPs.

We alert the media and encourage high profile coverage of the issues.

We liaise with local community groups to campaign for the retention of their local.

We liaise with groups such as English Heritage on issues including the listing of buildings.

We encourage people to support their local through promotional material and the award-winning CAMRA newsletter Pints West.


We have records (from our observations and research) of closed pubs which have an uncertaim future. We have previously made these records available to people who are looking to run local pubs (emphasising that the records are not fully comprehensive and are good to the date of the last observation).


We meet on the last (first from 2014) Thursday of every other month (January, March, May, ...) and hold socials every three months (January, April, ...). The Bristol CAMRA Branch Diary has full details of our meetings and socials.

The next socials and meetings are:

Social: 13:00 2nd November 2013 Pub Crawl starting at the Port of Call, Clifton, then Beaufort, Coach & Horses, Red Lion, Jersey Lily, Blackboy, Penny Farthing, Alma Tavern, WG Grace, Vittoria.

Meeting: 19:00 28th November 2013 at the Robin Hood St Michaels Hill

Meeting: 19:00 9th January 2014 at the Bag of Nails, St Georges Road




If you are interesting in joining, please click here to email us, or write to us at: PO Box 2960 Bristol & District CAMRA BS6 9FW.

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BPG Day of Action

Pubs Group Campaigns

Beer Duty Escalator

Pints West Articles

Pubs Turned Around

If your local is under threat

Kings Head Article

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