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Pubs are back from the latest lockdown, but it’s been a tough year for Bristol’s landlords who’ve struggled to keep afloat through the many changes over the last year.

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.”

The Eastville Social Club – The club has been in existence for over 100 years and it’s a hidden treasure.
Queenshilling – This is a vibrant LGBT+ venue, but as we talk it is clear this has been a tough year for Paul and Andy.
The Elmer’s Arms – He has worked so hard to get bands to play here from all over the world and create a little piece of European style cosiness where the records are always spinning.
The Fringe – They tell me about how sudden it all was, how Clifton was instantly dead. “The hardest thing to think about is the future,” says Sylvie.
The Plough – Tom is busy organising veg boxes for the community care package several pub workers have spent their furlough organising.
The Beaufort – Patsy has been here decades. She takes down a box to show me dozens of photos of all the parties and people that have made this place. “It will be the end of my career here I think,” she tells me.
The Griffin – Bristol’s go-to heavy metal pub was looking forward to its busiest year before Covid struck.

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