LONDON has been overtaken as the most expensive place in Britain to buy a pint of beer for the first time.
The 2018 edition of the Good Pub Guide shows the average pint in Surrey costs £4.40 — 20p more than in the capital.
This is also a massive difference of £1.09 between the cheapest pints in Yorkshire and Herefordshire, which charge £3.31, up 10p on last year’s price.
Good Pub Guide editor Fiona Stapley said: ‘London has historically had the most expensive pints, and there are now a lot of craft beers sold there that are upwards of £5 a pint, but interestingly this year the most expensive average pint is in Surrey.
‘It’s hard to say exactly why that is, but it could be down to affluent people moving out of London in search of the good life within commutable distance.’
The figures emerged as pubs attempt to deal with mounting pressure caused by rising wages and running costs,along with chancellor Phillip Hammond’s decision to raise duty on beer by 2p in the Budget this year — the first increase in five years. However, Mrs Stapley said ‘doom and gloom’ about the future of pubs was ‘nonsense’.
She added ‘It’s a really tough time for pubs, brewers and customers at the moment, but despite this pubs will survive. There are thousands of really well-run pubs that will be around for years and years.’
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Lovely’ Cotsworld inn toasts top pub award
A PICTURESQUE Cotswold inn has been crowned pub of the year.
The King’s Head in Bledington, Oxfordshire, came top of 5,000 taverns in the 2018 Good Pub Guide. It was praised as a ‘lovely, gently civilised former cider house’ with ‘first class food’.
The Harrow Inn in Steep, Hampshire, took the ‘unspoilt’ award and the Brace of Pheasants in Plush, Dorset, was top country pub.