At last pubs raise a glass to summer as they hope to sell 3 million pints during Bank Holiday

  • Nearly 3,200 pubs have shut their doors over the past three years 
  • Heatwave predicted to give the beleaguered industry a much-needed boost
  • CAMRA spokesman issues warning to public to ‘use pubs or lose them’ 

Pubs are hoping to sell three million extra pints this Bank Holiday weekend as the heatwave gives the beleaguered industry a much-needed boost.

Weeks of unseasonably wet and windy weather have compounded a drop-off in spending compared to last summer when football fans piled into pubs to watch England reach the World Cup semi-final.

Nearly 3,200 pubs have shut their doors over the past three years and struggling owners have become takeover targets.

Nearly 3,200 pubs have shut their doors over the past three years and struggling owners have become takeover target

Nearly 3,200 pubs have shut their doors over the past three years and struggling owners have become takeover target

Last week, Greene King was bought by Hong Kong’s richest man, Li Ka-shing.

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: ‘We forecast that over the Bank Holiday an extra one million pints of beer will be sold per day.

This will be a much-needed boost to pubs, which are facing tax pressures and haven’t enjoyed much good weather this month.’

Ralph Findlay, chief executive of Marston’s, today uses an interview with this newspaper to call for a tax cut to help pubs stay open.

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‘The weather has quite a big impact on our business and a wet June wasn’t helpful. A good Bank Holiday will help our bottom line,’ he said.

Ben Wilkinson, of the Campaign for Real Ale, warned: ‘If you don’t use pubs, then you’ll lose them.’

 

 





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