Community pubs up by nearly one third

Pubs owned or run by members of the community or on behalf of the community increased by 30% in 2017, the most recent figures available, according to a report from independent trust Plunkett Foundation.

During this period 14 new pubs opened, bringing the number of community pubs in the UK 85. Meanwhile, 153 groups were actively exploring setting up a community pub.

CAMRA’s Pub Campaign chairman Ben Wilkinson said: “It is fantastic to see that community-owned pubs across the country are thriving. In many instances, these are pubs that have been brought back from the brink of closure through the hard work of dedicated locals who refuse to see their pub disappear.

“Yet while these examples are heartening, sadly community buy-outs is not a feasible option for every pub under threat. That is why CAMRA believes that the promised reviews of both the business rates system and the Pubs Code will be so essential in stemming the tide of pub closures.”