Body & Soul8 mins ago
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My Dad had a pub that was originally with Moorlands brewery. Moorlands then got taken over by Green King and the cost of running the pub went up so much that the business went bust. This was 10 odd years ago and it's just continued to get worse. I don't know why anyone would want to be a puclican these days.
Yep, it's very sad. There are 6 pubs in our village (used to be 7) and all but one of them are running a loss. I know a couple of the landlords well. One of them is being bankrolled by his parents in law - who knows how long that will last. And the other says at this rate he only has a couple of months left in there. He's having to put on things like rave nights, which he hates doing just to drag the local youth in and earn a bit of money. I don't think there will be 6 pubs around much longer.
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The nearest pub to me closed down at Christmas and is now a Tesco Express. The second nearest has also closed and is now a vet's. Going to the pub is now not an option unless we get a taxi there and back. That's too much hassle so it's a bottle of Export for me and a glass of wine for Mrs MM in front of the TV.
It's not the brewers it's pubs and the governement. I used to be Sec in a small club and Stella for example cost us £1 a pint, now big outlets will buy more and get it cheaper, they are knocking it out for up to £4. Of the initial £1 the brewery gets about 35p, the governement get's the rest. I'd say it's the retailers are taking the proverbial.