Outrage over Heineken’s plans to turn 250-year-old Yorkshire pub into ‘industrial-style city centre bar’

The Black Bull was reputedly visited by Oliver Cromwell and his soldiers during the Civil War

Pub preservation campaigners are in shock over ‘inappropriate and destructive’ plans to modernise two of Otley’s oldest inns.

Otley Pub Club have condemned brewer Heineken over their plans to convert the Black Bull and White Swan into trendy, city-style bars with industrial furniture and open plan seating. These are 12 of the oldest pubs in Yorkshire The two historic taverns were purchased by Heineken’s pub company, Star Pubs and Bars, in 2017. The Grade II-listed buildings are both inside the boundaries of the Otley Conservation Area. This is the best pub in Yorkshire according to the Good Beer Guide The plans for the Black Bull, which dates back to the 16th century, show that the inn’s old frontage and heritage signs would be replaced by modern ‘steakhouse’ stencilling. The company has stated that it wants the Black Bull to become a ‘modern, stylish’ pub.

The Black Bull was where Oliver Cromwell’s soldiers are said to have drunk just before fighting in the Battle of Marston Moor during the English Civil War. Over the years a wealth of historic finds have been made there, including an 18th-century Continue reading

HP Sauce, Sunday roasts and all the other once-beloved British foods that millennials won’t eat 

By now, millennials are growing accustomed to getting blamed for pretty much everything. The end of marriage, the end of divorce, the end of sex and the end of relationships; the demise of cinema and the rise of PC culture. The list goes on. But it’s in the culinary world that Generation Y suffers the most virulent accusations.

Everything from the decline of pubs to the end of tuna is routinely laid at the hands of those born between 1981 and 1996. The latest grumble concerns HP Sauce [ . . . ]

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How did historic alehouses, taverns and inns evolve into the pubs we see today?

The Skirrid Inn

Getting together over a drink – or some other psychoactive substance – has played an important part in the social evolution of human beings for millennia

Bristol is gaining recognition for its influential music and street art. But Monocle’s Rory Gooderick thinks that the city’s best-kept secret is its flourishing food scene. He tells us why. { . . . ]

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Britain’s pubs say cheers to their revival

Latest British government statistics on public houses indicate that the decline in their numbers has been halted and that pub culture may actually be coming back into fashion.

The church, the cricket lawn and the pub. For centuries, that “holy trinity” was the essence of life in a typical English village.Church congregations have long ago melted away, and there were fears that the pubs, those drinking establishments with quaint names, rickety furniture and lukewarm beer, would also disappear. Thousands of such “public houses” went out of business over the past two decades alone.

But Britain’s pubs are fighting back, and are proving surprisingly resilient. Latest government statistics indicate that the decline in their numbers has been halted and that pub culture may actually be coming back into fashion [ . . . ]

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