The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has launched a virtual pub to get as close as possible to replicating the real thing during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Red (On)Lion is a video platform where anyone can enjoy a lively chat over a beer or cider. There is a ‘main bar’ area, and visitors can also create or book a table to set up video conferencing with their friends.  

Tables can take part in games, or participants can tune in to presentations and events, such as pub quizzes and expert-led tutored tastings.

The platform also supports Facebook Live streaming for events run by brewers and pubs, who can submit them for sharing at:  

CAMRA chairman, Nik Antona, said: “While nothing can replace the community created by a real local pub, we wanted to create a home where the nation’s beer and cider drinkers can come together for a chat and a drink. 

“We’re all experiencing social isolation and loneliness, so now it is more important than ever before to come together as a community to support one another.

“We also know that there are so many great events and activities already set up and running online, and we’d love to help amplify the voice and impact of those events while creating a place where beer drinkers can find all virtual events taking place with one click of a button.”

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