Bid to save real ale oasis

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Bid to save real ale oasis

Customers have launched a £100,000 bid to buy Kirkcaldy’s historic Harbour Bar.

The campaigners want to refurbish the Good Beer Guide-listed pub and run it as a community benefit society (Bencom).

The move follows the death of long-standing owner and landlord Nick Bromfield, who established its reputation for real ales and craft beers regularly serving 20.

The town’s only dedicated real ale pub has been operating since 1924, but the building has a long history – it was previously a ship's chandlers and dates to around 1870.

The Hands Up to Save the Harbour Bar group has held two meetings to outline its plans and now wants people to pledge their support to raise the money.

“It’s not just a pub – it’s a community hub”, says the Kirkcaldy community campaign.

The pub has been listed in the Good Beer Guide for more than 25 years and has won numerous awards, including Fife branch Pub of the Year several times on the trot, Scottish Pub of the Year 2000 and National Pub of the Year 2000 runner up.

A spokesperson for the campaigners said, “We’re especially keen to seek support from those who love the pub and want to preserve its position as the village pub of Kirkcaldy, whether that is by becoming a member, offering support to the steering group, making a donation or providing a loan.”

Anyone who is interested in helping should email for information.

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