Friday, 10 June 2011

Falling and Rising Numbers


In our CAMRA Branch, our Pubs Officer is on the ball. He produced some figures the other night, which I have laboriously put into a table after crunching the numbers, probably incorrectly.

Rochdale, Oldham and Bury now has as off April 2011, 626 pubs. The corresponding number in 2010 was 643. That's a drop of 17 overall. The surprising thing is that while pub numbers overall have fallen, in each year, in each area, the number of cask pubs has risen and keg pubs declined. Now you may be surprised at the number of keg pubs we have - I was for sure - but then again, this is mainly a poor area and poor areas have keg pubs and lots of them. At least in this neck of the woods.  The North that is. We have though gone from a cask minority to a cask majority, so that is pleasing to me at least.

Now I'd like to spot trends, identify market weaknesses and do many other things, but I won't, except to say, if you run a traditional keg pub, better start thinking about changing over to cask if you want to increase your survival chances. The other trend of course is that from a CAMRA point of view, we have far too many keg pubs in our branch area and we need to target some of the better ones for change - for a bit of good old fashioned campaigning in other words. There's loads of other things to spot though, but keg isn't doing well out of the decrease in pubs year on year, here at least.

As for new wave keg pubs? We don't really have any. Not any that sell British new wave keg anyway.

Here's the details.

God knows how Ron does his tables and makes it all so neat. It took me ages and I'm not doing it again - even if the arithmetic is skewiff.

8 comments:

arn said...

the skewiff link is broken.

Tyson said...

When I'm (slightly more) sober I shall check the Bury figures.

Tandleman said...

Arn - Sorted

Tyson - How?

Curmudgeon said...

It would be interesting to see this series going back a few more years, as Oldham in particular gives the impression of an orgy of closures in the late 2000s.

Tyson said...

Erm, simply by checking the claimed figure of 98 cask pubs with the actual number of cask pubs.

Tandleman said...

Tyson - Be a long pub crawl then, even by your mighty standards!

Tyson said...

Ah, but I do an annual survey anyway, and as many pubs are well known as having cask, actually not as many need visiting as you'd think.

Tyson said...

Ah, but I do an annual survey anyway, and as many pubs are well known as having cask, actually not as many need visiting as you'd think.