Baker MP Press release
LOCAL MP JOINS CAMPAIGN TO KEEP HARVEYS IN LEWES ARMS
October 21, 2006
Local Lib Dem MP Norman Baker has added his name to a petition campaigning to
keep the local beer, Harveys, in the Lewes Arms following plans by the brewery
to remove it from sale and raised the matter with Greene King at a meeting in
London today [Monday].
Suffolk based brewery, Greene King, took over the Lewes Arms from Beards some
years ago and now intend to replace the popular, award winning local beer, Harvey's,
with their own ale, which has been re-branded with the name 'Lewes Arms'.
At a meeting in London today attended by both Norman Baker and senior management
at Greene King, the local MP raised the matter, made it plain that the move
to remove Harvey's was unpopular amongst locals and asked the brewery to reconsider
The Lewes Arms has been selling beer to residents of Lewes since the early
eighteenth century. Harveys has this year alone won the Silver Award at CAMRA's
2006 Champion Beer of Britain competition and the Gold Award in the category
for Best Bitter.
Commenting on Greene King's decision, Norman said: "I am surprised and
disappointed that a brewery which claims to support local pubs and local communities
is trying to remove the popular local beer from sale just to try and make a
fast buck from selling more of their own. This is exactly the kind of poorly
thought out business decision which is giving Greene King a bad reputation in
“The Lewes Arms is a lovely traditional pub which serves up excellent
local beer that is brewed only a few hundred yards away down the road. Harveys
is far and away the most popular drink in the town so to not sell it is indefensible.
I don't' see why Greene King can't just continue serving up Harvey's alongside
their own ales."