Local MP visits a community pub in Barnsley

The Darfield Hotel, a community pub in the heart of Barnsley, hosted a visit from the Local MP, Stephanie Peacock last week, on Friday the 23rd of September. The pub is owned by UK’s leading community pub group, Admiral Taverns, and is run by passionate and dedicated licensees, Tony and Daniel.

Stephanie Peacock, Local MP for Barnsley East commented on the visit: “I was pleased to visit The Darfield last week. In an incredibly tough climate for small businesses, the team have done an excellent job in renovating the site, and this is a great asset to our community. I look forward to speaking to the team and visiting the Darfield in the future.”

Commenting on the visit, Mark Pass, Business Development Manager at Admiral Taverns, commented: “It was a pleasure to host MP, Stephanie Peacock at the Darfield Hotel, Barnsley last week to meet our fantastic licensees, Tony and Daniel and discuss the great work they are doing in the community.

“Community pubs are an integral part of the UK’s social tapestry, and the impact of the energy price rises are truly frightening. Pubs are in need of a lot of support from the government to ensure they can survive the winter, so it was a great opportunity to discuss the need for the Government to reduce VAT for the sector and cancel business rates for all pubs for the rest of this financial year to protect the future of our Great British Pubs.”

The visit couldn’t have come at a more important time, with many pubs at risk of closure following the rise in energy prices. Admiral Taverns were part of six pub companies who recently wrote an open letter to the Government warning small businesses will close and jobs will be lost if immediate action isn’t taken on energy bills for businesses.