Landlords’ law change
TENANT landlords in Buckinghamshire have welcomed a change in law tying them into beer supply contracts with large breweries and pub companies.
Currently, some pub tenants subject to ‘beer ties’ have to pay more than the market rate for alcohol and cannot purchase it from cheaper suppliers.
The House of Commons voted for a change in the law on Tuesday, November 18, which has been celebrated by the Campaign for Real Ale ( CAMRA) and many publicans in the county.
Landlord Stuart Thurston of The Cross Keys pub, in High Street, Great Missenden, has a contract with Fuller’s.
He said: “It is very good news because people get more choice. We do guest beers but they have to be from Fuller’s.
“I think in the future it is Stuart Thurston good the pub can have a choice of what it sells.
“We are paying more than the average for our beer at the moment.
“Perhaps some prices may come down, but overall it is about landlords making a decent living.
“I’m sure the breweries will be looking at ways to try to get round it.
“Obviously they cannot get round the law but what they will do on things like rent and that you never know.”
‘GOOD NEWS’: Landlord