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Stroud pub part of Tom Kerridge's rescue mission

Chef Tom Kerridge is on a mission to saving Britain's pubs in his latest TV series with the focus turned on one Gloucestershire venue.

Mr Kerridge, who grew up in Gloucester, is looking to help revive pubs which have closing at a rate of roughly 12 a week since 2000 - even before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

And among the pubs featured in Saving Britain's Pubs, which starts on BBC Two on November 12, is The Prince Albert in Stroud.

The pub is run by Lotte Lyster and Miles Connolly and was named Stroud CAMRA's Pub of the Year for 2020.

A BBC statement said: "The tenant landlords of The Prince Albert are exceptional hosts and the pub is regularly full, so Tom is surprised to hear they are struggling.

"With no food on sale, profit must come from the sale of beer, so Tom urges them to raise their beer prices for a trial period."

It continued: "The price they buy their beer is already higher than usual because they are subject to a 'beer tie' - a centuries-old system under which tenant landlords must buy beer from the company which owns the building.

"If prices are raised, the Prince Albert could become the most expensive pub in Stroud."

The series also features pubs in Cornwall and South London.

Mr Kerridge runs two Michelin-starred restaurants, The Hand & Flowers and The Coach, in Marlow.

Writing in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide 2021, he said: "The one thing we have all missed during lockdown is human connection and social interaction, which above all else, is everything that the Great British pub provides - a warm, happy and friendly place for people to drink and eat.

"We need now more than ever to be positive and strong to enable us to drive the word home about how fantastic the Great British pub is and, more importantly, what it brings to each and every community."

In publicity for the series, he said losing a pub is akin to a community losing its soul.

He said: "Pubs are a vital part of our history and culture and communities with a decent pub at their heart are stronger for it because people from all walks of life mix and socialise there.

"While many local services and shops are closing down, there are clear opportunities for reinventing what a pub can be.

"I want to work with locals to give them what they most want and need and create a place where they all feel welcome."

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