Pub goers are rejoicing since the Chancellor has confirmed beer in pubs is set to get cheaper. Jeremy Hunt announced a ‘new Brexit pubs guarantee’ which will see draught products in pubs up to 11p lower.
As part of the new budget announced on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Hunt said: “Today, I will do something that was not possible when we were in the EU and significantly increase the generosity of Draught Relief.
“So that from August 1 the duty on draught products in pubs will be up to 11p lower than the duty in supermarkets, a differential we will maintain as part of a new Brexit pubs guarantee. British ale may be warm, but the duty on a pint is frozen.”
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The Government will be hoping that the news will lead to more beer enthusiasts back the boozers following a tricky period for the pub trade. Covid-19 followed by a cost of living crisis and supply chain chaos has seen a number of pubs close their doors for good.
It hasn’t just been small, independent locals either. Pub giants Wetherspoons have recently announced a raft of closures, with two more of their pubs axed last week. Meanwhile, Marston’s Brewery has been forced to put 61 pubs up for sale including ‘Britain’s Wonkiest Pub’.
The Crooked House in Dudley, West Midlands, has become a tourist attraction due to its unique leaning effect that means coins and marbles appear rolling uphill on the bar. The building was constructed in 1765 (becoming a boozer in the 1830s) and now has one side 4ft lower than the other.