Pubs for All
CAMRA has published a new leaflet aimed at promoting the message that
pubs are, or should be, for everyone. In our view the best pubs are those
which are responsibly managed, attract people of all ages and play an active
role in community life. CAMRA is about choice and we want to ensure that
everyone can find it easy to choose a pub which suits them.
The leaflet notes the explosion in city/town centre theme bars which have
turned many centres (Cambridge amongst them) into late night ghettos of
binge drinking. Most of the problems can be avoided in our view by
On the last point, we take the view that poor layout, huge open plan spaces
and insufficient bar areas are likely to exacerbate problems of nuisance,
disorder and binge drinking. The use of room divisions and separate spaces
can provide customers with privacy and avoid the spread of problems. The
multi-room layout of the traditional public house has many advantages in this
respect over large opened-out designs. They also offer a neat solution to the
smoking-in-pubs debate which is currently raging; no need to ban smoking
throughout a pub if you can confine it to one or two rooms.
- managing drinks promotions sensibly;
- offering a wide range of drinks, including real ale;
- ensuring community activity; pubs which have social bonds between
regulars tend to be self-policing;
- avoiding overcrowding and supplying ample seating;
- good pub design.
It's interesting that Sam Smiths, the Yorkshire brewer, is busy reinstating
multi-room layouts in many of its pubs. The nearest to us is The Wortley
Almshouses, Westgate, Peterborough, formerly open-plan but now with four
separate drinking areas.
Copies of the leaflet can be obtained from CAMRA, 230 Hatfield Road, St
Albans AL1 4LW or email Samantha.firstname.lastname@example.org
ALE Winter/Spring 2005 No. 316
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