A decade of decline in UK beer sales has come to an end following a 1.3% rise in 2014, but the future of UK pubs is still “fragile”.
CAMRA has repeated calls for the UK government to help save the UK pub industry, after figures released today revealed 29 pubs are closing every week.
As JD Wetherspoon reports a like-for-like sales drop, its chairman has called for supermarket alcohol to be taxed at the same rate as pubs.
JD Wetherspoon has come to an agreement with Heineken to serve the brewer’s products again after a month-long disagreement over stocking.
While the UK’s off-trade saw a slight return to growth, sales at pubs, bars and restaurants fell by 3% in the last 12 months.
UK on-trade sales rose again in November, but it was food rather than drink driving this growth, with London considerably more buoyant than the rest of the country.
CAMRA has announced that 600 pubs are now listed as having community value, but says the government is not doing enough to protect public houses.
A Tory peer has levelled some of the blame for Britain’s pub decline on teetotal Muslim populations, saying it is “exceptionally hard” for publicans.
The UK pub trade has welcomed proposals put forward by the Chancellor in his autumn statement to cut business rates for small businesses, including pubs.
Maston’s has announced plans to dispose of 200 of its pubs in the coming 12 months to focus instead on women and budget family dining.
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