The price of a pint of beer has soared to an extortionate £7 in some areas, in the latest blow to the bank.
Pub goers have already been turned bitter after prices rocketed by up to 50p over the last month – and it's only going to get worse.
According to the Mirror, this surge is the largest increase in five years – so you can add crying about the bill to your list as you’re drowning your sorrows.
Brewery bosses have blamed the price hike on inflation, which is at a 30-year-high and has sent the cost of living to an all-time high.
Pub owners fear this is just the latest death blow, after years of closures and coronavirus regulations hitting their businesses.
As of yesterday, Heathrow’s Big Smoke Taphouse and Kitchen was selling Medicine Man IPA for the equivalent of £8.30 a pint. Amstel lager at Manchester airport was £7.
While in South London, a pint of Neck Oil IPA at Borough Market’s Bunch of Grapes pub costs £6.65.
While the Dion Bar, near St Paul’s Cathedral, charged £6.50 for a pint of Gamma Ray.
Campaign for Pubs pressure group boss Greg Mulholland said the “extraordinary” prices could put off beer fans from going to the pub.
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He said publicans will not be making any money because “the energy bills for pubs, for which there is no support and no restriction, are terrifying.
Large pub companies have put their own prices up for tenants. I have seen cases of 30p, 40p or 50p more for a pint.”
On average, a pint in the UK is £4.07 and £4.84 in the capital. But London’s Time Out listing magazine warned the “seven-pounder is starting to pop up.”
And the Campaign for Real Ale fears the national average will soon be £5.
Drink bosses say returning VAT to pre-pandemic levels of 20% may be fatal for many businesses.
Emma McClarkin, of the British Beer and Pub Association, said: “Pubs are having to find ways to ensure their viability and keep their doors open because the cost of doing business in 2022 is fundamentally different to 2019.”
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