Average price of a pint reaches £3.95

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Price rise: the cost of a pint has increased by more than 70% in the past 14 years (image: Getty/kyrien)
Price rise: the cost of a pint has increased by more than 70% in the past 14 years (image: Getty/kyrien)

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The average cost of a pint of beer has increased by almost three quarters (70%) since 2008, with a pint in London costing more than £8, research has revealed.

In 2008, the price was £2.30 however this increased by 8p the following year to £2.38 in 2009.

While a pint cost about £3.80 last year, for 2022 this has increased by almost 4% to £3.95.

From 2021 to 2022, the price rose by 15p – one of the largest increases since 2008. However, in 2012 and 2013, the average cost also rose by 15p (from £2.59 in 2011 to £2.79 in 2012 and then to £2.89 in 2013).

According to CGA, predictably the most expensive pint is in London while the cheapest is in the north-west, specifically Lancashire, with prices at £8.06 and £1.79 respectively.


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Official figures

The data was similar to that revealed by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) in March, which found the average cost of a pint in the UK rose by 23p​ in the past two years – the third biggest increase since records began in 1987.

In January 2020 the cost of a pint was £3.73 and as of January 2022, it had risen by 6.2% to £3.96.

The latest CGA research comes after a warning that pints in London could reach £7 each​ earlier in the year (January).

Due to ever-increasing inflation, there were predictions pubs could be forced to increase pint prices by 50p across the UK, rising by about 10%.

While the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) research then put the average cost at £4.07 in the UK, it said those in the capital pay £4.84. However, finder.com put the average London pint price at £5.50.

Price increase

In March, pub giant JD Wetherspoon (JDW) increased prices across its UK pubs​ by 10p on average, with an extra 20p being added to drinks at London sites.

This represents an average 2% increase in the majority of JDW pubs, and 4% in pubs in and around London.  

JDW spokesperson Eddie Gershon said while the company occasionally does up its drink prices, it aims to keep prices as competitive as possible. 

"We believe our drinks offer still represents great value for money," he said.

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