Norfolk MEP Alex Mayer has visited a local Loddon pub, The Kings Head to hear about concerns that local brews could disappear from the pumps after Punch Taverns is taken over by Dutch company Heineken.
Landlord, Philip Taylor, who is part of the The SaveOurPubs campaign, explained to Ms Mayer about his concerns and about how we can protect the variety of beer available.
Approving the transfer of ownership from Punch Taverns to Heineken is the responsibility of both the Competitions and Markets Authority in Britain and the European Commission at a European level.
Ms Mayer has urged the European competition chief to take into account the enormous role pubs play as community hubs and to look closely at any reduction in the choice of beers for pub goers before making her decision.
Ms. Mayer said: “I hope everyone can join me in raising a toast to all our local pubs and pub landlords. Pub goers tell me they don’t want to lose out on great craft and local brews. That is why I am supporting the Campaign For Real Ale in making sure that patrons get a fair deal.”