hesket_newmarketThe local pub plays a crucial role in community life – both as a source of enterprise and as a vehicle for community action – and I am dismayed at the current rate of closure nationally and at home. This is an industry that is of huge importance to our constituency, its communities, and indeed to the national economy. With five breweries and 174 pubs, this is a significant economic and social driver that we need to do more to support.

We have worked incredibly hard in Penrith and the Border to show how an imaginative and flexible approach can ensure that our pubs remain open: in Hesket Newmarket we have the first community-owned pub in Britain, a model that was followed in Crosby Ravensworth with the community buy-out of the Butcher’s Arms (the bar of which the Prime Minister himself opened). I have also been involved in helping the George and Dragon in Garrigill, the Chamley Arms in Warcop, and the Strickland Arms in Great Strickland.

If anyone is concerned about the future of their village pub, or would like help and support re-opening their pub, please do get in touch.


alston local shops campaign

Last weekend Rory helped launch a new Alston initiative with Sustainable Alston Moor to promote independent retail in the market town: Alston Moor SOS – Save our Shops and Services. The town’s campaign will encourage local residents to do more of their shopping in the town, which boasts restaurants, cafes, pubs, takeaways, craft and antique […]

House of Commons Localism speech

cumbrian community pub model

In a two and a half hour debate in the House of Commons, Rory praised Cumbrian pubs and recommended the Cumbrian approach as a model for the country. Praising the importance of pubs in village life, Rory said “we have 280 pubs in the Eden district alone for 50,000 people-a density of pubs that is more than six […]