Letter to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor December 2021 from the nation’s publicans

UK pubs and publicans are facing a crisis. Government announcements and restrictions have decimated trade and without Government support. This cannot go on. Many publicans are on the brink.

It’s time that the voice of those who run our pubs was heard, so the Campaign for Pubs is coordinating a letter on behalf of pubs and publicans.

If you’re a publican, pub manager or pub owner (including micropubs, taphouses etc) then please sign the letter below with the name of your pub.

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Campaign for Pubs

Promote, Support and Protect Pubs

Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson MP
Prime Minister
10 Downing Street

Rt. Hon. Rishi Sunak MP
11 Downing Street

26th December 2021

Dear Prime Minister and Chancellor,

We are writing to you, the nation’s publicans and on behalf of pub staff, brewers, suppliers and everyone who relies on the pub trade.

We are on the brink – in many cases literally on the verge of being unable to carry on, of walking away and of going under.

We have just about managed to get through the last exceptionally difficult last 20 months, but in a great many cases we have suffered financially and mentally. Many of us still have losses and debt that we are having to pay off.

The latest restrictions and announcements have decimated the vitally important December trade. Many of us have seen our pubs, that would normally be full at this time of year, half or almost fully empty. December trade is essential even in a good year to get us through the tough months of January and February, however this year it was vital just to get us close to being back on our feet. However the public concern over the new Omicron variant, and the confusing guidance and mixed official announcements have already destroyed that prospect for a great many of our businesses. Yet there is no financial support, which is grossly unfair when our trade has been decimated once again through no fault of our own, and partly due to the Government’s own confusing messaging.

We feel as if we have been thrown under a bus. Already in the last week publicans have started giving up, unable to carry on, unable to take it anymore. Without urgent meaningful package of financial support, this will only get worse.Whilst we welcome the modest grants announced on 21st December, in reality thousands of pubs will receive just £2700, which scarcely covers the loss of profits for a good night in December, let alone the losses experienced over the whole month. We will also, in reality, not see this assistance for weeks.

Now there is speculation over more restrictions and even a possible lockdown.

Last year, even though it transpired there was little evidence of pubs being a major source of infection, we pulled out all the stops to comply with restrictions and to protect public health and the NHS. We understand, as do the public, the fears over the transmissibility of Omicron, but every time ministers and advisers start talking about restricting and shutting pubs it has a huge immediate impact on our livelihoods, the livelihoods of our staff our suppliers and it threatens the future of many pubs open down the country that are hugely valued by the local communities. The Government claims to understand this, but continues to talk about restricting and closing the pubs, as if there isn’t a serious human impact of doing this. There is and it is us and our staff and families who suffer.

We are writing to tell you we can’t take it any more. We can’t go on like this. We cannot deal with a renewed cycle of restrictions and lockdown without proper financial support. It simply isn’t sustainable for us to continue, even under the current circumstances with footfall so low that we cannot even cover our costs and pay our staff. The grants just announced offer some compensation for the huge loss of December trade, but it must be clear these grants are for this alone. More restrictions must mean more grants are provided a wider package of meaningful support for all pubs, not just ones that serve food.

We are days – hours in some cases – away from becoming a society with no joy, no entertainment, no social life or leisure. This endless speculation is making the hospitality industry practically uninvestable and this has got to stop.

We urge you to listen and to act. If you care about the impact on our families’ livelihoods and the livelihoods of our staff and suppliers, if you care about the future of pubs and the role they play in communities and in our heritage, culture and tourist appeal, we urge you to stop scapegoating pubs and to start supporting them properly for as long as you restrict our trade. The future of our world famous pubs now depends on this.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Crossman Signature
Paul Crossman
Chair, Campaign for Pubs
The Swan, The Slip Inn & Volunteer Arms, York
Dawn Hopkins Signature
Dawn Hopkins
Vice-Chair, Campaign for Pubs
The Rose, Norwich

If you’re a publican/pub manager/owner, then sign the letter here


  1. Paul Crossman, The Swan, York The Slip Inn York Volunteer Arms York
  2. Dawn Hopkins, The Rose, Norwich
  3. Victoria MacDonald, The Cellar House, Norwich The Old Ram Tivetshall St Mary
  4. Redin Dokaj , The Foresters Arms , Hampton Wick
  5. Jonney Gardner , Harbour Bar , Gourdon
  6. Michael Ainsworth, Grayston Unity, Halifax
  7. Lynsey Lowthian, Palm, Exmouth
  8. Pete Reeve FBII, The Woodman, Farnborough Village
  9. Wade Booth, The Rising Sun, Scholar Green
  10. Malcolm Tolladay, Winning Post, York
  11. Chris & Susannah Mansfield, The Station House, Durham
  12. Kerrie Whittingham , The Ship Inn, Farnborough
  13. Wayne Cadman , The Mallard, Worksop
  14. Ian Burne, Oak & Saw, Taplow
  15. Chris & Von Lindesay, Sun Inn, Dunsfold
  16. Paul Marshall, Rook and Gaskill, York
  17. Elaine Huggins, The Wellington Ale House, Lichfield
  18. John Mintram, The Crown, Horsell
  19. Anthony Goode, Rose and Crown, Halstead
  20. Patrick Melaugh, The King's Arms and The Bricklayers Arms , Boston
  21. Richard Mumford, The King's Arms and The Bricklayers Arms, Boston
  22. Jeanne Mason, Red Lion Inn, Litton
  23. Steve Burley, The Countryman, Tasburgh
  24. Stuart Fox, White Horse Inn, Dover
  25. Carol Ross, Roscoe Head, Liverpool
  26. Mark Edgell, Dog & Partridge, Yateley
  27. Kev Burgess, Flying Dutchman & the Aviator, Queenborough
  28. Ian Wellington, The Cross Pipes, Otley
  29. Jo Zezulka, Ilkley Moor Vaults, Ilkley
  30. Samantha Lewis, West Midlands Leisure Ltd, Lots pubs
  31. ANTONY REES, Spread Eagle, Hereford
  32. Paul Marshall , Rook and Gaskill, York
  33. Anna Sheppard, The Chemic Tavern, Leeds
  34. Matthew Howard, Rueters Bar & Grill, Southport
  35. Paul Drewery, Spender’s Bar, Southport House of Ivy Southport
  36. Connie Girvan , Girvans, Troon
  38. Sally Holland , The surprise , South London
  39. Bob Musker, Horse & Groom, Westbury
  40. Sheena Valentine , Victoria Inn, Colchester
  41. Gerrit Van Dijk , Angels Place, Church street east
  42. Kate Wood FBII, The Queen's Head, Bramfield, Suffolk
  43. Karen James, Severn View Inn, Gloucestershire
  44. James Smith, The Village Inn , Dunblane Bannockburn and Eastern Villages Community Hub Bannockburn
  45. Daniel twine, The Lamb Berkhamsted , Berkhamsted
  46. Morag Douglas, The Star , Burntisland
  47. Ana Mitchell , The Castle inn Hotel, Bramber
  48. Philip Taylor, Windwhistle Inn, ~Cricket St Thomas
  49. Andrew Livingstone, Dukes Head, Great Yarmouth
  50. Colin Wilson, Falcon Hotel , Whittlesey
  51. Chrystopher Fisher, The Pineapple, Dorney The Palmer Arms Dorney
  52. Phil Saltonstall, Brass Castle Brewery Taphouse, Malton
  53. Teresa Kirby, Clarence Tavern, Gosport
  54. Jonathan Greatorex, The Hand at Llanarmon, Llanarmon DC
  55. Eira Oldham, Royal Oak, Cardington, Church Stretton
  56. Anne Hughes, The half moon Grendon, Grendon, Northamptonshire
  57. Jonathan Corp , JoJo's Cafe Bar Limited , Oxford
  58. Steve Latto, Criterion Bar, St Andrews
  59. James Overy, Hall & Woodhouse (retired), Southern England
  60. Bronya Fitzsimmons , Knockerdown Inn, Knockerdown
  61. Paul Mccarthy , Whickham Glebe Sports Club , Whickham
  62. Rick Robinson , The Willoughby Arms, Kingston upon Thames
  63. Geoff Robbins, The Wheatsheaf, Faringdon Oxfordshiire
  64. Toni Brennan, The Star , Wroxall
  65. Tim Rogers, The Nelson Pub, Warwick
  66. Philippa Cameron, The George, Methwold
  67. Stephen Woodhouse , Jukebox, Essex
  68. Toby Marut, Littleton Arms, Penkridge
  69. desmond scarboro, the white horse old , old villege northamptonshire the three cranes grate cransley
  70. Dawn Stephen , Bricklayers arms , Crowborough
  71. Richard Arnold, The crown country inn , Munslow
  72. Sarah Bowles, The Louis Armstrong , Dover
  73. David Hawksworth , Fox and Hounds Bullamoor , Northallerton
  74. Sam Hughes, The Miners Sling , Coleford
  75. Mark Edgell , Dog & Partridge , Yateley
  76. Dave Mountford, The Boat Inn, Cromford
  77. Rutger Heerebout, The glyntwrog, Wales
  78. Simom Macleod, The Candlelight Inn , Bishopswood
  79. kieran mcclure, king&QUEEN , wheatley oxfordshute
  80. Elkie Mills, The King Bar, Cornwall
  81. Peter Hall, The Hase, Hessle
  82. Rachel Emsden, The George Winslow Ltd, Winslow
  83. Da Prettejohn , The York Inn , Somerset
  84. Sharon Brown , The grapes , The grapes
  85. Marie-Danielle CAMERON , The Shoulder of Mutton, Strumpshaw
  86. Neil Dey, Bluebell , Newcastle Upon Tyne
  87. Catherine Clarke, The Ship Inn, Cornwall
  88. Sharon Moore , The Royal Oak , Copmanthorpe
  89. David Crook , The Sun, 21 Drury Lane, London
  90. Stephen Woodhouse , Jukebox , Essex
  91. Paul Foster , Norfolk arms chapeltown , Sheffield Red lion Grenoside Manor barn Kimberworth
  92. Sophie Forbes, The Sportsman Inn, Amberley
  93. Nicci Davies-Williams , The Old Black Horse , Wrexham
  94. Martin Blagden , St Leger Tavern, Doncaster
  95. Scott Wilsdon , The Welsh princess , Rayne
  96. Michelle Lowe , DTja limited , The Voyger
  97. Kieran Guthrie, The Railway Tavern , Barnet
  98. John Paul Lowdon. , The Brewery Inn Cosheston , The Brewery Inn Cosheston
  99. Jacqueline Matthews, The Old Lion , Harborough Magna
  100. Ian Burne, Oak and saw, Taplow
  101. Lee Mills, Ours Bar and Lounge, Creswell
  102. Jeff Stewart, The Anchor, Dundee
  103. Avril Roberts , Stanleys Cask , Wirral
  104. Victoria Di Maro, The Green Man, Norton Disney
  105. Nick Smith , Black cat micropub , 135 High Street weston super mare
  106. Barrie Walden, Ponthir House Inn, Ponthir
  107. Matthew Reed, The Chip & Pin micropub, Melbourne
  108. Nicola Mcmillan, Alliance inn, Manchester
  109. Emma Metcalf , The Cross Keys , Fulstow
  110. Radomir Grkovic, Black George Pub, West Ealing, London
  111. Gail Hooper, The Three Wheat Heads, Thropton
  112. Paul Hornsby, Old Horn Inn, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire
  113. Christina Webb, The Grapes Alehouse & Kitchen, Falmouth
  114. Roy Thomas , The Angel, Braintree
  115. Dianne Thornton, Reindeer inn, Manchester
  116. Samantha Booth , The Travellers Joy , Northwood cowes
  117. Russ Dunstan, Beer Under The Clock, Retford
  118. Wendy Sayce, The Retreat Inn, Norton, Worcester
  119. Jane Lewis, The crown tavern, Burntisland
  120. Jayne Brand, The Red Lion Inn, Little Compton
  121. Chris Bennett , Queen Victoria , Gosforth
  122. Thomas Gibson, The Hearts of Oak, Drybrook, Gloucestershire
  123. Daniel Pratt, The Chequers, Hainford
  124. Penny Cooper, The Queens Head, Sutton Valence, Maidstone
  125. Susan Russell, The Miller Carvery, Wellingborough
  126. Duncan Borrowman , The Bailey Head , Oswestry
  127. David Law, The Eagle Ale House, London
  128. Andrew Hayward, Thames Side Brewery & Tap Room, Staines
  129. Geoffrey Cann, Dalton Arms, Glasson Dock, Lancaster
  130. Brian Bromiley, The Middle Inn, Middleton, Morecambe.
  131. Melanie Hill, Rutland arms, Portsmouth
  132. Lara Read , The Heart and Hand , Brighton
  133. Geoff Jacobs , The Grantham Arms, Tenant
  134. PATRICK MOORE, liverpool pigeon, crosby
  135. Isaac Hunt, The Orobourous Inn, Mymind

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