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Good Pub Guide under fire over ‘bad pubs should shut’ views
9:24am Friday 30th August 2013 in News
PUB landlords across York have hit back at suggestions that “bad pubs” should close their doors because they are “stuck in the 1980s” and happy with “indifferent food, drink, service and surroundings”.
The Good Pub Guide 2014 has predicted that up to 4,000 pubs will close within the next year, claiming that they deserve to shut.
The editors introduction of the guide, which features over 4,700 pubs, said it was “high time” these so called bad pubs closed their doors.
Landlords in York who have seen many pubs throughout the city close during tough economic times have strongly disagreed with the guide’s claims. Jason Hawkins who runs the Three Tuns, Coppergate and The Blue Boar, Castlegate, said: “They are being a little harsh and not supporting the industry enough.
“Some pubs unfortunately don’t survive but it’s not always the fault of the pub. Not every pub has the clientele that wants restaurant standard food or that kind of atmosphere.”
The editors, Fiona Stapley and Alisdair Aird, also said that more than 1,000 pubs were expected to open as well within the next year.
They suggested that new pubs opening up would be “visionary and energetic new licensees bringing fresh life to former pubs that had been shuttered for months or years”.
Jim Hardie, landlord of the Blue Bell, in Fossgate, York, welcomed the news of more pubs.
He said: “I have an Ossett Brewery pub opening opposite me, which like mine is a real ale pub.
“We don’t view them as competition because anything that brings more real ale drinkers to the city is a good thing.”
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