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The Abingdon Arms, Beckley.

The Abingdon Arms in Beckley was put up for sale freehold by the Brakspear pubco. Because successive tenants have been unable to make a success of the business, local residents (including CAMRA members) anticipated the sale and ensured the pub’s listing as an Asset of Community Value. Residents of Beckley and adjacent villages have raised the capital for a community purchase, and have exciting ideas for the Abingdon Arms’ future as a community pub, to include a shop, cafe, social amenities and potentially a microbrewery. Their offer for the pub has been accepted.

The Abingdon Arms community share offer raised just over £475,000 which was enough to meet the asking price and enable them to apply for other community grants. Full details can be found on their website at:  They have appointed a tenant to run the pub and volunteers are doing repairs and improvements. Currently (May 2017) the pub is closed while they get ready to open for business and is scheduled to reopen on 22 June.

18 March 2016

Cask v Keg   What you need to know

Here is a very good article from the Spring 2016 edition of ‘Pints West’, the magazine of the Bristol & District Branch of CAMRA. It summarises the issues, different sorts of keg, and gives CAMRAs (current) position. What do you think?  Send us your comments.

Cask v Keg Feb 2016

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