The Halt's problems are more to do with the Tenancy arrangement where typically a tenant despite working 80 hours a week can earn less than than his full time employees. Camra have started a campaign
Mind you the Captains Rest have cornered more than a bit of their old clientele..
If the licensee in The Halt is taking home less than his staff after paying the rent and their wages, that just means the pub is not doing enough business. Could also be that the owners are greedy barstewards, of course.
I liked this bit from the CAMRA link -
In 1946, in one of his grouchy, nostalgic moods, George Orwell subjected readers of the London Evening Standard to an essay on his favourite pub, The Moon Under Water. Complaining that a decent pub was increasingly hard to find, he explained the character that made his local what it was: "The cast-iron fireplaces, the florid ceiling stained dark yellow by tobacco-smoke, the stuffed bull's head over the mantelpiece - everything has the solid comfortable ugliness of the 19th century. In winter there is generally a good fire burning in at least two of the bars, and the Victorian layout of the place gives one plenty of elbow-room. Upstairs, at least six days a week, you can get a good solid lunch..."
The Moon Under Water had no "glass-topped tables or other modern miseries... no sham roof-beams, inglenooks or plastic panels masquerading as oak". It had no piano or radio, and was quiet enough for conversation without being dull. It had a garden and was two minutes from the nearest bus stop. Best of all, the staff knew the regulars and served them real ale in "proper" pint mugs, with handles.
If Orwell were to walk in to the Moon Under Water in London's Leicester Square today, he would drop his glass in horror, handle or not. It is a cavernous, soulless place, in which hundreds of people jostle for lagers on Saturday nights before heading out to the clubs. No original fixtures, no garden, no chance of hearing even your own part of a conversation and no chance whatsoever that the bar staff will remember your face. Its ceilings are festooned with CCTV cameras