Pubs are one of the symbols of England and could become increasingly rare… Six of the country’s biggest breweries are urging the UK government to help pubs, as more than two-thirds of pubs in the country are set to close this winter. The fault is the electricity and gas bills which have increased by 300% and are expected to increase further in January.
Pub and brewery owners from six companies – JW Lees, Carlsberg Marston’s, Admiral Taverns, Drake & Morgan, Greene King and St Austell Brewery – sit on the board of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).
In an open letter to the government, they called for measures including a support package and energy price caps for businesses. Post-pandemic, the number of open pubs is at an all-time low, around 40,000 in England and Wales, and of these more than 25,000 are expected to close.