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Richard Foster on why we should all work to save the great British pub

Published:  09 January, 2014

The inexorable decline of pubs throughout the UK is a much-covered story in both the trade press and in the wider media. But despite the efforts of the likes of CAMRA's Save Our Pubs campaign there seems to be very little that can be done to halt the erosion of an institution that is so admired elsewhere but generally neglected at home. And whilst 4,000 pubs will close this year, the number of new restaurants / gastropubs is still rising. Some would argue that this sharp dichotomy is a reflection of changing consumer habits, which to a certain extent it is, but there is a need to draw breath and consider the future of the pub before it becomes a quirky, old-fashioned rarity.

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