Why Community Owned Pubs Thrive

Community owned pubs are more sustainable

There are over 170 Community owned pubs in the UK. Community pubs are more sustainable than commercially run pubs because their purpose is to serve the community, not make a profit. Since their inception around a decade ago, no community owned pub has closed down.

The Landlords of pubs owned by breweries and pub companies have to pay rent to operate the pub.  They are also 'tied' in to selling product provided by the pub company which they have to buy at a significant mark up.

Community owned and run pubs don't have to pay rent to anyone and they are 'free houses' which means they are free to buy their beer and food from any supplier. They can also benefit from substantial discounts on business rates.

Visit the Anchor on the isle of Bute and the Dog Inn, Belthorn to see some examples of other communities that have succeeded in setting up Community owned and run pubs.


Re-opening the Clarence

Although the New Clarence was owned by a pub company, the former Landlord, Ian, was running it for the Community, which is why so many of us are keen to save it.

When the New Clarence re-opens it will be owned by the community and run on co-operative principles. Our staff will be paid the living wage and will be supported with training. We will work with local suppliers to source quality and affordable food and drinks.   Any profits we make will go back into the pub or will be used to support other community initiatives

Community Owned Pub Statistics





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