JDW pushes prices up for the fifth time in two years

By Nikkie Sutton

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Paying out: JDW claimed the business still offers good value for money to customers
Paying out: JDW claimed the business still offers good value for money to customers
Pub giant JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has increased its prices on its food and drink for the fifth time in two years.

Prices across the JDW estate vary nationally but The Sun ​reported in the Oxted in Surrey, an ultimate burger and alcoholic drink now costs £7.75.

Two years ago, it was up from £7.25 to £7.40. It then rose to £7.49 in October 2017 and £7.59 in March 2018, before getting up to £7.65 in October 2018.

JDW spokesman Eddie Gershon confirmed prices will vary between pubs and there has been an approximate 5p increase on a coffee but emphasised, there are free refills at all pubs.

Excellent value

There has also been about a 10p increase on meal deals (meals that include a drink), so in effect, there is a 5p increase on meals and 5p increase on drinks.

He said: “Our customers love the excellent range of great-quality meals at our pubs and we are certain they will enjoy the new meals we have added to the menu.

“We believe that we continue to offer excellent value for money meals in our pubs.”

Meanwhile, in January this year, JDW chair Tim Martin revealed he had plans to open up to 10 new sites​ in the 2018-19 financial year.

Leaving the EU

Martin said JDW’s sales growth had been strong since the last update in the first quarter of the year.

Costs, however, were now considerably higher for the pub group compared to last year, including labour, which has increased by £30m.

Martin added: “The most frequently asked question, regarding the future, relates to the impact of leaving the EU.

“I have argued that the UK – and therefore Wetherspoon – will benefit from a free-trade approach, by avoiding a ‘deal’ that involves the payment of £39bn to the EU, which the House of Lords has confirmed there is no legal liability.”

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