Pubs. They’re the places we go when we need to de-stress and unwind, and the places we go when we need to thrash and bounce off the walls. They’re the places we can be together, and they play a key part of their communities. But the past year has been a struggle for the many landlords and managers who’ve fought to keep their pubs afloat through the many changes the pandemic has brought. As so many of the landlords I have met have told me: “We are going to need pubs when all this is over.”
Campaigners face uphill battle to save two BS5 pubs from redevelopment
From the Redfield residents trying to preserve a historic cinema to the Barton Hill activists just wanting to keep their last local, there are common frustrations for communities trying to hang on to the places that matter to them.
Gloucester Road Wetherspoons: a chain changing Bristol’s fiercely independent high street
After seven planning applications, a derelict building in Bishopston will become a Wetherspoons. Opponents say it will damage the independent ethos of the old-fashioned high street; others say that utopia has already gone.
Run-ins with punters, logistical challenges and financial fears: the Bristol pubs waiting for news on restrictions ending
Customers have been relishing the opportunity to get back in their favourite boozers, but many pubs are finding post-Covid work practices tricky – and worry about surviving the next few months.
A passionate appeal to save one of the few working class pubs in Easton
Recently given a new lease of life under new management, this old school boozer could be the latest victim of gentrification.