Community Owned Pubs
There are now around 120 pubs across the UK owned by a local community group and over 10 pubs that are leased by a community group and run by the local community group (including CAMRA's 2017 National Pub of the Year the George and Dragon! - pictured right)
Here is an up to date register, maintained by CAMRA, of Pubs that are community owned or community run.
- Community Owned Pubs - a CAMRA guide, produced by CAMRA, which provides step by step guidance on how communities can take ownership of and/or run their local pub.
- A map of some co-operative pubs produced by Plunkett.
- When Pubs Stay Shut - A Campaigning Guide , produced by CAMRA, provides additional guidance for situations when owners sit on a pub in the hope of getting approval for a change of use.
Community owned pubs are popping up all over the UK and are offering new and innovative ways for community groups to come together and offer innovative services to stay viable, from hosting the monthly local WI meeting to holding the village defibrillator.
Community owned pubs also allow local people to run and grow a business which meets the need of individual communities; often by offering other local services such as shops, post offices or a local library.
The first step to becoming a community owned pub is often listing your local as an Asset of Community Value.
If an ACV listed pub comes up for sale, the local Council will write to inform you that an initial 6 week moratorium period has been triggered. If within those 6 weeks you decide that the community could raise the funds to purchase the property, you should inform the council so that the moratorium period can be extended to 6 months.
Further advice and support
CAMRA works closely with the Plunkett Foundation who are able to offer small grants and free advice to community groups looking to purchase their local pub. You can contact them by visiting: http://www.plunkett.co.uk/.
The below organisations will also be able to support you with obtaining finance and providing support:
Community Shares - http://communityshares.org.uk/
Locality - http://locality.org.uk/
Architectural Heritage Fund - http://ahfund.org.uk/
Big Lottery Fund - https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/
Public Work Loans Board - http://www.dmo.gov.uk/index.aspx?page=PWLB/Introduction