Save The Riser

The Rising Sun in Epsom is under threat. Please take a moment to sign the petition. David Roberts of Pilgrim Brewery has run the Rising Sun in Epsom on a leasehold from Punch since 1999. Not only has the pub stocked Pilgrim ales, but imported German and Belgian beers and a Norman cider — and that’s just on draught! As for the bottled range, look at the list for yourself. Goose Island IPA — there’s something we’ve not seen since Morrisons took over Safeway!

The pub has now been bought by Young’s. Guess what’s going to happen to the beer range? That’s right, all gone, to be replaced by the usual Young’s fare. Rather misses the point of the place, no?

A Young’s spokesman was quoted as saying:

We spent £900,000 to buy this pub and we haven’t bought it to sell other peoples beer. If people don’t like it, they can drink somewhere else.

Charming. Obviously, Young’s want to expand in order to keep from being crushed by companies the size of Greene King, but is this really the best way to go about it?

For that matter, should companies even be allowed to buy a pub out from under the tenant and immediately start changing everything just one week after sending a letter saying they’re intending to buy the freehold? Should the tenant not be automatically entitled to have first shot if the current freeholder is selling up?

Lesson to be learned from this: if you want to run a pub and actually provide choice for your customers without having the rug yanked from under your feet, win the Lottery first and buy the place outright :(

More information at the Save the Riser site.

(Yes, I know this is out of our area. Remember, though — it could be your local next!)

Date posted: Monday, June 26th, 2006 21:50 | Under category: News, Pubs
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