Our Pub

A documentary by Dennis Jongeling and Hannah Grout (Hogeschool Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands)

“LAST ROUND AT NOG EENDJE”
“BOB EN JANTIEN HAVE REALLY QUIT”
“MASSIVE CLOSURE: THE LAST ROUND FROM ZEALANDISCH CAFÉS”

A selection of local and regional news, shows us that the local pub is having a hard time in the Netherlands. In the past five years the number of pubs has decreased by 4%, while the rest of the industry has only grown. How can this happen when the local pub is of such importance to a small community?

Also in Westbeemster, local pub the Kerckhaen had been empty for a couple of years. The previous owners couldn’t find a successor and the village lost their most important gathering place. In 2005 a group of villagers got together to save the building for the community; and they succeeded. In merely half a year they raised €700.000, half of which was donated by the villagers themselves, so they could pay for the pub.

For the documentary Our Pub, filmmakers Hannah Grout and Dennis Jongeling follow manager Bart Bakker and the visitors, through everything that takes place in de Kerckhaen; from the card association every thursday afternoon to a concert of a well-known rock band. Bart serves his guests with love, but he also has doubts: not everything he organises is very well attended and the older generation who form the core of the village is naturally getting smaller. In this film Bart battles between his love for Westbeemster and his doubts about the pub.