Last last orders for 52 UK pubs a week
Okay, we’ll start this one with an opening line you’d expect to hear on the ITV Evening News or The One Show…
More and more landlords are shouting ‘last orders’ for the final time as the number of pub closures in Britain increases by the week.
There. That felt good. Apart from the stuff about all the pubs closing. But if they’re shit ones, who really cares?
New stats show that pubs were closing at a rate of 52 a week in the first half of this year, with smaller communities like Emmerdale affected by the closures. However, continental café-type bars are opening at a rate of two a week, and pubs that serve food are more likely to survive in the current climate.
Factors blamed for the pub slump include increased alcohol taxes, the smoking ban, that thing about sitting around at home in your pants and drinking alone becoming cool, the recession (obviously) and there being loads of shit-hot stuff on Bitterwallet to read all the time instead of going out.
So then, the pubs and that. Do you frequent them as much as you used to? If not why not? And how? And when? Mmm? Eh?
Just like The One Show wasn't it? Textbook.