Britain has lost 28,000 pubs since the 1970s

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Around 28,000 pubs across the UK have closed since the 1970s, according to figures released to mark the launch of the Good Beer Guide 2018.

The Guide reports that when Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) was formed in the early 1970s, Britain had 75,000 pubs. The number is now fewer than 50,000, it says, with the effects of the new business rates revaluation introduced in April, likely to contribute to further closures.

‘The British pub is unique – it is rooted in our island’s history,’ Good Beer Guide editor Roger Protz said. ‘There is no better place for people to meet, enjoy a beer, strike up a conversation, make new friends and put the world to rights. Above all, the British pub…has character and an atmosphere that could never be replaced.’

CAMRA recently launched a campaign calling for an annual £5,000 reduction in business rates for every pub across England.

The Good Beer Guide is now in its 45th edition.

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Claire Dodd

As a freelance journalist, Claire has written about pretty much any topic you can imagine, from which are the best sausages, to how to flood-proof your home. However, her writing on drinks began when she landed a job as a features writer for the Publican magazine in 2007. Adjusting to a lifestyle of sampling the best drinks from around the world was tough, but someone had to do it. Having left the title in 2011, today Claire focuses on drinks and travel writing for both consumer and trade titles. Aside from searching the globe for the best drinks, and the nicest spots to consume them, she also judges global brewing competitions and keeps an eye on the business moves of the on-trade.

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