Sales at wet-led pubs up 2.8%

By Emily Sutherland

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Sales at wet-led pubs up 2.8%

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There is good news for wet-led pubs after it was revealed sales were up 2.8% compared to last August, but down at restaurant pubs and London-based casual dining chains.

The figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker come despite the ever-growing role of food in pubs. A report earlier this year found that food was the only factor driving growth for pubs outside of London.

CGA vice president Peter Martin attributed the growth to the summer’s slightly drier weather.

“Although the weather this August was nothing to write home about, August 2014 was particularly cold, which resulted in a decline in pub sales and a boost for restaurants in 2014. This year we have seen a corresponding recovery for pubs and more modest progress for restaurants.”

Dark Star managing director Paul Reed stressed to the Publican’s Morning Advertiser​ that the brewery, which is branching out into pubs, thinks there is a bright future for wet-led pubs.

“We’ve always wanted small wet-led outlets. There was a blinding flash of the obvious that it’s actually the ground floor that does the business-we’re not interested in car parks, letting rooms of big kitchens. We want small, wet-led pubs that are dominated by great beers and lagers.”

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