Wednesday 22 July 2009

See No Evil ...

The carnage continues ... in fact, it's getting worse.

UK 'is losing 52 pubs each week'

The number of city centre bars and cafes has increased
UK pubs closed at a rate of 52 per week in the first half of the year - a third more than the same period in 2008 - the British Beer & Pub Association said.

This has got to be worth a try then, hasn't it?

However, there will doubtless be a huge pachyderm tramping around the room when politicians are asked to comment on these figures today.


Unknown said...

I watched the British Bullshit Corp. this morning gushing on about this same subject, but this time the quoted figure was 7 pubs a day closing? That makes 49 but they quoted the same source as you Dick, how odd. Ah, but then the reporter showed us two gastro pubs just across the road from a closed down boozer and quoted some pilloch saying that to weather the economic storm they should be food led, not wet.

Are the BBC getting a backhander from Gastro's 'R' Us, one wonders?

Anonymous said...

So for every new 'gastro' pub that newly opens either a cafe or restaurant will close. There are only enough patrons to go around and people are not eating more meals in a day.

banned said...

Was chatting to a bloke from Stoke-On-Trent the other day; he reckons that most of his local pubs were bought by ex-miners with their redundancy money.
They mostly spent a fortune doing out the old boozers into more pleasant places but it is now these pubs that are closing because of the smoking ban, Old Miners stuffed by Nu Labour.

Dick Puddlecote said...

Not too much of a surprise, Banned. Quite how Patricia Hewitt et al thought that shutting down bog standard pubs and working mens clubs was going to appeal to Labour's core vote is a fucking mystery to me.