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:
Campaign against closure of pubs that could be viable
Campaign against insensitive alterations
The Bristol Pubs Group is made up entirely of volunteers from the area1. 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.
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.
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 uncertain 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 first 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.
If you are interesting in joining, please just turn up to a meeting, or for further details email us, or write to us at: PO Box 2960 Bristol & District CAMRA BS6 9FW.