Campaign to save Hampstead pub makes New York Times front page
- Credit: Nigel Sutton
A grass roots campaign to save one of Hampstead’s oldest pubs has made the front page of America’s most illustrious newspaper.
Thousands backed the fight to save The Old White Bear, including comedian Ricky Gervais and TV presenter Caroline Flack, but it was still a surprise to learn that the news has spread to the US.
The New York Times ran the story about the threat to the 300-year-old watering hole, in Well Road, on the front page on Monday and the story even made its way into the Russian paper, RBK Daily.
Heathman’s Russian is a little rusty, but the NYT piece highlighted Bear as an example of the UK’s declining pub trade, which has seen 7,000 close since 2008.
“One by one, pubs are disappearing in Hampstead,” the article began, under the heading “Saving an Endangered British Species: The Pub”.
You may also want to watch:
The Old White Bear itself is not looking quite so endangered after Camden Council blocked plans to turn it into a home.
The Campaign for Real Ale’s John Cryne believes our pubs are a major draw for tourists – and that their loss is a global concern. “It would be like us reading that the Grand Canyon is closing,” he said.
- 1 'Picture of health': Mum's tribute to son who died of sudden cardiac arrest
- 2 The Vagina Museum searches for new home as Camden Market leases end
- 3 Tennis coach 'distraught' at losing Belsize role amid club row
- 4 Police investigate reported rape of teenager
- 5 Piers Plowright: 'An extraordinary force, devoted to Hampstead'
- 6 London Zoo's aviary unwrapped to create new monkey home
- 7 Clapped in the street - and assaulted: Staff call for behaviour change in A&E
- 8 Haverstock Hill cycle lanes given the green light
- 9 Watchdog upholds 27 complaints over 'systemic' failures by Haringey Council
- 10 E-scooter rider arrested over suspected drug dealing