A BURTON pub champion has reacted in disbelief to claims that the thousands of hostelries closing every week are ‘bad pubs’ that were ‘stuck in the 1980s’.
Nick Antona, from Burton and South Derbyshire CAMRA, said it was ‘unbelievable’ that the Good Pub Guide was welcoming such closures.
The industry guide has predicted that up to 4,000 pubs will close next year but it has stoked controversy by saying it is high time ‘bad pubs’ went out of business.
It said these were pubs ‘which still behave as if we are stuck in the 1980s, happy with indifferent food, drink, service and surroundings’.
Mr Antona said that the ‘bad pubs’, as the Good Pub Guide has derided them, are in fact the sort of places that mean the most to communities.
He said: “I am surprised that such a publication that claims to be the ‘Good Pub Guide’ is advocating the closure of up to 4,000 pubs – it is unbelievable.
“I am sure there are plenty of pubs in our area they would suggest should close down and they are good, honest, community pubs that people go along to, to meet other people and also many raise a lot of money for charity locally.
“Every pub is someone’s job, someone’s home. We are losing too many as it is and we can’t afford to lose any more.
“Every pub has the opportunity to be improved one day but they can’t be if they are no longer there.”
CAMRA’s publication, the Good Beer Guide, hits shelves on September 12.
The Good Pub Guide, however, did offer some good news, predicting 1,000 new pubs will open next year.
There was also good news for drinkers in Burton as a survey revealed that the price of a pint of beer in Staffordshire is less than anywhere else in the country.
The survey also said that the average cost of a pint of real ale is £3.20.
Another finding was that Britain’s ever growing range of beers brewed by the pub itself typically cost 40p a pint less than the local average.