290. The Dead And The Dying
- Posted Oct. 17, 2010 by Jon Laysell Viewed 8565 times
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893 British pubs closed last year. Here are some of the recent victims of this trend which are all within a few miles of where I live.
Many different reasons have been given for the demise of the British pub including:
- High tax rates for ??on-premises? beer sales
- Unfair competition from supermarkets who sell alcohol as a loss leader
- Smoking ban
- Decreased spending due to recession
- Demand for land to build apartment blocks or fast food outlets ?? it's cheaper to sell up
- Drink driving laws
- Cappuccino culture
- Loss of culture of using pubs at lunchtimes
- Excessive rents charged by breweries
- General poor management by brewery chains
- Loss of differentiation between pubs and restaurants
I don't suppose that every pub closure has exactly the same reasons, but do expect that some combination of the above is to blame in most cases. What is clear is that if we keep losing them at this rate, it won't be long before there aren't any left. Something needs to be done. I'm personally doing my bit to keep our local pubs afloat, but I think it needs more sustained effort from those who have genuine power.
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