Use Pubs Or Lose Them!
The Decline Of The British Pub But Why If Recent Research Is True?
New figures show that 300 pubs closed between September 2011 and March 2012, equivalent to 12 a week.
Suburban and rural areas have borne the brunt of the closures while city centres have proved resilient, While an average of 8 suburban pubs are closing each week, four rural ones are shutting said researches CAMRA.
Lancashire was the worst hit area. The county saw 68 pubs close over the six month period.
CAMRA said that the largely rural nature of the area was behind the large number of closures.
The group said that pubs have been hit by a 42 per cent increase in beer duty since 2008.
So WHY has this happened if the following information is true?
A third of Britons believe that it is important to have a pub close to their home as it demonstrates that they are part of a community, according to new research.
Mintel, the market research company, found that even infrequent pub-goers agree that it is important to have a good pub near where they live.
“It is almost as if a pub is a bit of a status symbol for a community, even if they don’t use it much they want to know that they have the option to do so if they wish,” said Mintel.
Research by the company found that more than twice as many people find it more enjoyable drinking in a pub than drinking at home. This is because of the “atmosphere and theatre” of a pub environment, Mintel said.
Despite Britons’ enjoyment of pubs, the research found that visits to pubs are falling.
Mintel said that over six in ten adults over the age of 18 visit a pub regularly to drink. This is down from seven in ten people in 2007. The group found that more people visit pubs to eat than to drink.
Three in ten people think it has been much more pleasant going to pubs since the smoking ban.
“So it’s up to us to stop pubs from closing we need to use them or loose them” says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.