COLNE Valley’s MP showed he knows how to serve the public – by doing a shift behind the bar of a Meltham pub.
Jason McCartney pulled pints at the Wills O’ Nats - and championed the local pub.
The Conservative worked from 7pm until closing time to help him learn about the pub trade.
Mr McCartney said: “It was the first time I had served behind a bar.
“I was more nervous about it than I was about asking the Prime Minister a question on Wednesday.”
The MP added that pubs were an important part of village life in the constituency. I realise the role pubs play in terms of encouraging responsible drinking and being a focal point for the community,” he said.
Mr McCartney, who enjoys a pint of Upperthong’s True North cider, added: “The Wills O’Nats is a fantastic thriving pub that does good food and good ale. Locally brewed ale is good for the local economy.”
A report out today said that cask ale, food and wine by the glass could help reverse pub closures and turn around the trade’s fortunes.
The survey of over 300 pub owners showed more than a third feared their prospects over the next few years were poor, with 28% feeling optimistic.
The increase in drinking at home was seen as a continued threat to pubs, as well as the rising price difference with stores and supermarkets, the study by the Molson Coors Brewing Company found.