The Campaign for Real Ale is seeking a meeting with Carlsberg UK over the group's plans to close its brewery in Leeds.

Carlsberg UK announced it last week that it planned to close the Leeds Tetley brewery by 2011, reflecting a shrinking beer market in the country.

Bob Stukins, vice chairman of the Campaign for Real Ale, called the decision "short-sighted", despite the challenges facing the industry.

He said: "Brewed outside their Leeds heartland I fear they would lack the provenance which today's discerning consumers expect. Recent statistics clearly show that real ale is performing better than other beer styles in a declining market. There is an opportunity to respond to this, invest in the Tetley brands and bring them back to glory."

Speaking to just-drinks last week, Carlsberg UK's marketing director, Darran Britton, said that the brewer would hope to find "a suitable partner in Yorkshire (for Tetley's), but if not in the north, then certainly in the UK".

He said Tetley's was a "critical part" of the Carlsberg UK business going forward.