Friday, April 20, 2007

WE HAVE WON

Press Release
20 April 2007

Greene King announces reinstatement of Harveys at the Lewes Arms

The reinstatement of Harveys to the Lewes Arms has been announced today. Greene King Local Pubs managing director Jonathan Lawson and regional manager Andrea Greenwood were at the pub today talking to their team and to the regulars, and letting them know of the decision. Jonathan said that the order for the beer had been placed and that following secondary fermentation in the cellar, it should be ready to drink towards the end of next week.

“We are passionate supporters of cask beer, are proud of our own brews and have recognised the intensity of feeling around Harveys at the Lewes Arms.” He said that the history of the pub, including its role as former brewery tap, combined with activities ranging from dwyle flunking to pea throwing made this hostelry very special.

“Now that Harveys is going back into the pub, my team and I are hoping that we can make a fresh start with our customers and are looking forward to helping the Lewes Arms once again play a full role in the local community.”

Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand added, “The Lewes Arms is a very special local pub with a unique place in the life of the town.

“We underestimated the depth of feeling and level of reaction about our initial decision and I believe that the conclusion the team put forward to return Harveys to the bar is the right one. I'm pleased that Jonathan and the team have taken on board our customers’ feedback and hope people will be pleased with the news.”

3 Comments:

Blogger Tom said...

Good news but I suggest you take your time going back.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Stonch said...

It's great news that The Lewes Arms' regulars have won their battle, and not just for them. The campaign drew attention to the plight of similar pubs across Britain. It was commented upon numerous times in the national press, often as a focus for articles exoressing concern about the threat to our pub culture.

To everyone at the pub, congratulations and enjoy the party.

I've reported on the victory on my blog, on which I've followed the campaign.

3:54 AM  
Blogger Samuel said...

Alhtough I'm delighted to see the Best coming back, I can't help but still feel rather alienated by GK's attitude. I may pop in a for a pint to celebrate, but I doubt I'll be flying the GK flag anytime soon.

8:18 AM  

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