A little while ago, visitors to Salford were gladdened when Tim Flynn, from the New Oxford took over a closed pub and renovated it to a high standard with the intention of making it, The Black Lion, a sister pub to the Oxford with a range of different guest beers, more foreign choice and a good food range. The only problem being that, although the New Oxford was free of tie, the Black Lion wasn't and he had to run it under the umbrella of one of the larger pub groups. As it became successful, and made more money, the pub-co became greedier and wanted a bigger cut. Tim saw no other way that to cut and run, and the Black Lion closed. I know this is not unique, and many pubs have closed because of similar events, but surely a bit of give and take by the pub-co would have saved the Lion and we would not be mourning our loss.
Now I hear the same fate has befallen The Black Horse at Darwen. I don't suppose many readers will know the pub, and possibly will not care about somewhere in the depths of Lancashire, but let me explain why it has got under my, and many other people's, skin.