Greg Mulholland has launched an early day motion, which notes that it was “extraordinary” that a publication that purports to promote pubs had recommended the closure of thousands of premises, in response to the guide’s claims that up to 4,000 pubs “stuck in the 1980s” deserve to go out of business over the next year.
“It is not only clearly anti-pub to be welcoming the closure of thousands of pubs, it also displays a remarkable lack of knowledge and interest in the reasons why so many pubs are indeed underinvested in,” he said.
He blamed the “financial doping” of pub companies and said the solution was not to close pubs but to support the reform of the unfair pubco model, which would lead to pubs being owned by smaller operators, microbreweries and communities who would then support and invest in their pubs.
He added it was “bizarre” that so many of the best pubs featured in the guide are those that have retained their original characteristics, architecture and appeal, not pubs that have suffered from constant inappropriate refurbishments.
Leading beer writer and Publican's Morning Advertiser columnist Roger Protz also criticised the guide last week, labelling editors Alisdair Aird and Fiona Stapley "morally repugnant".