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The great bar brawl: Rivals clash over ‘bad pub’ closures

Publié par Clifford Armion le 29/08/2013

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Simon Usborne

A leading guide to British pubs has provoked an unseemly brawl over the fate of the nation’s imperilled drinking establishments after suggesting that struggling pubs deserve to die.
The editors of the new edition of the Good Pub Guide say in its introduction that it “sounds dire” that as many as 4,000 pubs are expected to close in the next year. But they add: “These are the pubs at the bottom of the pecking order, the Bad Pubs. It’s high time they closed their doors.”
The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), publisher of the rival Good Beer Guide, reacted with outrage. Roger Protz, its editor, said it was “bizarre that a book called the Good Pub Guide should welcome the closure of 4,000 pubs”. He added: “Pubs need to be saved, not thrown on the scrapheap. There is a degree of cruelty in the call for pubs to close. People will lose their jobs and, in the case of publicans who live on premises, their home too.”
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"The great bar brawl: Rivals clash over ‘bad pub’ closures ", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2013. Consulté le 16/04/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/the-great-bar-brawl-rivals-clash-over-bad-pub-closures-