Pub takes euros for beer

By James Wilmore

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A Dorset pub has decided to accept euros for a limited period in a nod to the huge numbers of German and Dutch tourists visiting the county this...

A Dorset pub has decided to accept euros for a limited period in a nod to the huge numbers of German and Dutch tourists visiting the county this summer.

In a move that will have some politicians and media foaming at the mouth, the Bridport Arms in West Bay will be selling pints in euros from August 23 to September 5.

The Palmers-owned pub will offer pints of Dorset Gold and Palmers IPA beer for 3.90 euros and 3.60 euros respectively, as well as £3.35 and £3.10.

At the current exchange rate, this means pints will be cheaper to buy in euros than sterling.

"Everyone has noticed how many people from Europe are over here at the moment," said licensee, Jenny Connolly.

"We get so many people asking if they can pay in euros, especially the Dutch and Germans that I decided to join the eurozone temporarily."

South West Tourism records reveal the total number of visits made by Germans to Dorset has nearly doubled in recent years - leaping from 34,000 in 2008 to 60,000 in 2009.

Tim Woodrow, Palmers' tenanted trade director said: "This is a first for Palmers and we hope we get the chance to say 'bienvenue' and 'guten abend' to many more international visitors who can enjoy a pint of Palmers' beer whether they pay in euros or sterling."

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