Fuel Day - the village pub
By BBC H&W's Julie Tyler
A South Herefordshire landlord says rural pubs have had their day - we visit the Temple Bar in Ewyas Harold who're seeing a 10% downturn in trade due to rocketing fuel prices...
The South Herefordshire village of Ewyas Harold is situated 10 miles from Hereford towards the Welsh borders - what you'd describe as a rural village with reasonable amenities to hand.
But Marc Buffery, the landlord of one of the two pubs there, says: "Rocketing fuel costs are putting rural pubs out of business."
Marc came to the Temple Bar Inn two years ago and established a well frequented pub, serving good food and ale.
He now says: "The government are neglecting rural areas and making it difficult for people like me to operate.
"Business is down by at least 10% and yet fuel costs have increased by around 40%.
"I cannot go on absorbing these costs much longer, I'm between a hard rock and a wall."
He feels he shares his concerns with 90% of rural publicans and feels a lot of them will go to the wall if something's not done soon.
last updated: 25/06/2008 at 09:29
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