A survey carried out by Dudley MP Ian Austin has shown massive support for local pubs and breweries.
Nearly everyone from the thousands of local people who received the survey said that they had visited their local, with two-thirds saying they visited monthly or more.
Three-quarters said they had attended or hosted an event at a local pub, and nine out of ten supported Austin’s campaign for the community value of pubs to be properly considered in planning decisions. However, there was also support for measures to make owners more responsible for problem pubs, with 95% saying that owners should take more responsibility for anti-social behaviour.
Real ale topped the MP’s poll of Dudley residents’ favourite tipple with 61% making it their choice of drink. At 60% almost as many said that they regularly visited local pubs for a meal.
Austin also asked residents to rate their top local pub in a contest that saw the Beacon in Sedgley take first place with the Fountain, the Jolly Crispin and the Lamp Tavern as runners up.
Austin is well known for championing local pubs and brewers, successfully requesting that beers brewed in Dudley by Holdens and Fownes be served in Parliament. He has also campaigned to save the Seven Stars pub in Sedgley from being turned into a supermarket and is pushing for to reduce the price of a pint through a cut in beer duty.
Ian Austin said:
“Dudley has a thriving pubs and brewing industry, and I’m delighted to see that local people are getting behind it.
“The Black Country is home to some of the best brewers in Britain like Holdens, Bathams, Black Country Ales and Fownes, as well as brilliant pubs like the Beacon, the Courthouse and the Jolly Crispin that are assets to the local community.
“I’ll be using this survey to support my campaign for measures such as further cuts in beer duty to keep the price of a pint down, keep pubs open and protect jobs.”