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Pubs increase prices after reopening as lockdown eases

Pubs increase prices after reopening as lockdown eases

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Bar staff in PPE pour drinks at the reopening The Toll Gate
Bar staff in PPE pour drinks at the reopening The Toll Gate, a Wetherspoons pub in Hornsey, north London, as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased across England (Picture: PA)

The pounds in punters’ pockets are purchasing fewer pints after post-lockdown pubs pumped up their prices.

Wetherspoons and Sam Smiths have said they are among a number of boozers charging more for food and drink as they opened their doors for the first time in three months today.

Wetherspoons, which has reopened the majority of its 900 venues, has upped drinks by up to 10p, and food by 20p depending on location.

At Samuel Smith pubs the price of some pints are up by more than a £1, it has been reported.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: A customer sanitises their hands at The Mossy Well, a J D Wetherspoon pub reopen for business in Muswell Hill on July 4, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The UK Government announced that Pubs, Hotels and Restaurants can open from Saturday, July 4th providing they follow guidelines on social distancing and sanitising. (Photo by Peter Dench/Getty Images)
A customer sanitises their hands at The Mossy Well, a J D Wetherspoon pub reopen for business in Muswell Hill, London, on July 4 (Picture: Getty Images)

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Popular orders such as Taddy Lager increase from £2.30 to £3.40, and a pint of Sovereign Bitter will go up in price from £2.04 to £3.04.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon told The Sun: Prices will go up on beer, spirits and wine, by approximately 10p a serving and by approximately 20p on a meal.

All we can say in this area is that we try to keep prices as competitive as possible. From time to time there will be price rises but we always try and minimise them.

Even with price rises, the entire pub industry, including Wetherspoon, will be less profitable than before pubs closed, because costs will be so much higher.

Today drinkers have begun to get used to the new pub experience as they try to remain Covid safe.

A member of staff at a Wetherspoons pub in north London cleans glasses in preparation for pubs to reopen
Customers will be asked to hand over their details to help with the NHS’ test and trace system (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Queues, sanitisers and disposable single-use menus are the new normal.

In Wetherspoons, customers are asked to provide contact details before being served, to help with any potential track and tracing should an outbreak occur. Tables are not to be moved and orders taken via phone apps.

Staff will have temperature checks on arrival, all adding to running costs.

JD Wetherspoon chairman, Tim Martin, said: We are extremely pleased that pubs are reopening on 4 July after a long hiatus.

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