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  • EAST HAMPSHIRE PUBS OPENING INFORMATION Saturday 5 December 2020

    With East Hants CAMRA branch entering Tier 2 from 2nd December the re-opening of pubs depends upon stringent conditions requiring a "substantial meal" to be ordered if alcohol is to be consumed. No scientific evidence has been provided to justify this and the £1,000 grant to wet-led pubs forced to close (or just continue with a takeaway service) has been rightly dismissed as risible by both the industry and a significant proportion of MP's across all political parties. It is notable that the new Tier 1-3 measures were voted through by just 292 votes a minority of Members. It is to be hoped that some degree of common sense will prevail by the time of the 16th December review of the measures.

    Looking on the bright side there are over 30 East Hants pubs opening now or planning to open shortly including two previously wet pubs in Market Square, Alton which are introducing a food service, the Market Hotel and the Ten Tun Tap House.

    Details including continuing takeaway or delivery provision will be found on premises' websites or social media pages and links to these can be found at https://whatpub.com/ which is in the process of being updated for known provision. There is an opportunity to use a feedback form to advise the branch of the need for updates and corrections and please take advantage of this for anything that appears to need changing for individual pubs.

  • QUEEN'S HOTEL, SELBORNE - NEW PLANNING APPLICATION Tuesday 24 November 2020

    In October 2019 a Planning Inspector rejected the appeal against refusal for permission to redevelop the Queen's Hotel, Selborne for housing.
    When the would-be developers submitted a new application...
    https://planningpublicaccess.southdowns.gov.uk/online-applications/caseDetails.do?action=dispatch&keyVal=QH7EOVTUJ1K00&caseType=Application
    ...in September this year the proposals looked initially promising, including as they did a "tap room" for Gilbert White beers...
    http://www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/the-brewhouse/
    ...within a Study Centre linked to the nearby museum. The upstairs would be given over to self-catering visitor accommodation.

    However close examination of the proposals revealed a number of flaws. The tap room would only be open for a couple of hours on a handful of nights in the week .This together with the loss of the community function room facilities and reduction in overnight accommodation compared with the previous hotel letting rooms, demonstrated that the application fell far short of addressing the Inspector's concerns about the unique contribution of the Queen's to the village.
    Our Pubs Officer posted an objection drawing attention to the ways in which the South Downs Local Plan would be prejudiced if the application was accepted. This was fully in accordance with the stance of the local campaign group "Save the Queens", and their strongly worded, comprehensive and closely reasoned objection (as well as the objection by our Pubs Officer) can be read under the "Documents" sections of the above planning application.

  • PUBS ELIGIBLE FOR SUPPORT IF PROVIDING TAKE-AWAY SERVICES - CLAIM NOW! Friday 13 November 2020

    From EHDC - 12 November...

    Businesses forced to close under national coronavirus restrictions should claim a grant now!

    Businesses that have been forced to close as part of the current national restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus can now claim a grant through East Hampshire District Council.

    Eligible businesses must have been open as usual, providing in-person services to customers from their business premises. Businesses that would have closed but have chosen to change their business to provide takeaway, click and collect or online with delivery services will still be eligible for the grant.

    Depending on the rateable value of the property that has closed, grants will range from £1,334 to £3,000.

    Businesses and venues that may qualify for these grants include:
    Non-essential retail
    Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs
    Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites
    Leisure and sports facilities
    Entertainment venues
    Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons

    The money has been provided through the Local Restrictions Support Grant fund.

    Other eligibility criteria apply. When you complete the form, you will need to have your Business Rates bill and bank details to hand.

    Councillor Richard Millard, Leader of East Hampshire District Council, said:
    “The return of national restrictions will be another blow for businesses around the district that had started to recover from the first lockdown.
    “These grants will serve as a lifeline for businesses that have been forced to close.
    “It’s important for businesses that have found other ways to operate during the restrictions to be aware that they could still be entitled to these grants.”

    For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.easthants.gov.uk/local-restrictions-support-grant

  • ** EAST HAMPSHIRE PUBS FEATURED IN THE 2021 GOOD BEER GUIDE ** Friday 30 October 2020

    We are pleased to announce that the following pubs in our area are included in the 2021 GBG...(in no particular order!)
    Alton: Eight Bells; Railway Arms
    Holybourne: Queen's Head
    Four Marks: Offf the Rails
    Bentworth: Sun
    Lower Farringdon: Golden Pheasant
    Selborne: Selborne Arms
    Hammer Vale: Prince of Wales
    Congratulations to all of them from the CAMRA East Hampshire committee.
    [Others came close, but unfortunately we are only allowed 8 pubs for our area.]

  • THE GEORGE, ALTON - AN "ASSET OF COMMUNITY VAUE" NOMINATION SUBMITTED Friday 18 September 2020

    On Thursday, 17th September a nomination for Asset of Community Value for the George, in Butts Road, Alton was submitted to East Hants DC by Tony Davis, East Hants CAMRA Pubs Officer and acknowledged.
    Our thanks to all those who added their signatures or otherwise expressed support for this nomination.
    It is gratifying that all those who signed were from within Alton electoral wards, the furthest out being Holybourne, demonstrating a truly local level of support. EHDC will be contacting the owners of the George and Alton Town Council and further updates will be posted when available.