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30th August 2016

Come and join in the BGBWs great pub debate in Leeds – 8 September

The Great British Pub Debate

Take part in the debate on the fast-expanding choice of places to eat, drink and socialise – and the relevance of the traditional pub

“This house believes that coffee shops, café bars, restaurant chains and takeaways are making the traditional pub less relevant.”


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Eating and Drinking Out Join us to hear what’s happening in the fast-evolving hospitality market!




The British Guild of Beer Writers presents this event in the Old Courtroom of Leeds Town Hall Thursday 8th September, 3.30pm


Choice is at an all-time high. Never has there been such an array of places to snack, eat, drink and socialise. From Thai restaurants and burger chains to coffee shops, tapas bars and beer cafes, there are more options than ever. The traditional pub which used to dominate the high street has been outmanoeuvred by numerous rivals. Or has it?
Industry analyst Peter Martin of CGA Peach will be presenting an overview of the beer and pub sector in the context of the overall hospitality market.


Then the debate chaired by John Grogan, former chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group will be on the motion: – “This house believes that coffee shops, café bars, restaurant chains and take-aways are making the traditional pub less relevant.”  


The motion will be proposed by will be Dan Murray of and Anja Madhvani of Northern Monk. It be opposed Andy Shaw, national director of CAMRA (and leader of the organisation’s Pubs Campaign) and Imogen Bennett of the Fox and Newt. The debate will of course be opened to the floor – and the whole thing is sure to be lively!


People working in the brewing, licensed trade and hospitality industries, and informed, interested members of the public are extremely welcome. To reserve your (free) place, please email and with your name and contact details.

The Leeds International Beer Festival also starts that day – Thursday 8th September (trade session 2pm) in the Leeds Town Hall. See: to organise your tickets for that.

Hope you’ll be able to make it. Look forward to hearing from you.



Frances Brace and Simon Jenkins

On behalf of the British Guild of Beer Writers   07432 692309   07791 333229