Pubs Code update

The Pubs Code was established in 2016 and regulates the tenancies of large estates of tied pubs in England and Wales. It is enforced by a Pubs Code Adjudicator.

Since its introduction, CAMRA has raised concerns about the failure of some pub companies to act within the spirit of the Code, and has drawn attention to ways in which it believes the legislation could be improved.

In summary, CAMRA believes that when Parliament brought in the Pubs Code, its intention was for “Market Rent Only” arrangements to be a realistic option for publicans – but in reality, the number of pubs which have been able to adopt such an arrangement and break free of supply ties has been very small.

The Government is required to review the Pubs Code and the Adjudicator’s performance regularly and the first review, covering the period to 31 March 2019, has just been announced. The government is seeking views and evidence which will inform the its statutory review of the Pubs Code and the performance of the Pubs Code Adjudicator.

For more background information or to find out how to submit evidence to the review, please visit


About Andy Cullen

Andy has been actively involved in CAMRA since the early 2000s after being recruited to sit on a National Younger Members Task Group. Since then he has held roles on the branch committee including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editor, Chair and now Social Secretary. Andy has also been involved with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival almost every year since becoming active in the branch.

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