Almost half of Brits think a pint is 'unaffordable'

By Rebecca Weller

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Devastating: one in 10 Brits feel a pint is unaffordable  (Credit: Getty/  Shaun Taylor)
Devastating: one in 10 Brits feel a pint is unaffordable (Credit: Getty/ Shaun Taylor)

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Just one in 10 Brits feel a pint is “affordable”, new research commissioned by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), has revealed.

The figures showed of the 2067 British adults surveyed in July this year, almost half (46%) stated pint prices were “fairly unaffordable”, while 10% felt they were “very unaffordable”.

Comparatively,16% said pint costs​ were “about right” while 9% felt they were “fairly affordable”.

Just 2% of participants felt prices were “very affordable” while a further 18% were unsure.

CAMRA​ national chairman Nik Antona said: “This data shows how vital it is that Government takes action this autumn and use their planned fiscal event to reassess the huge financial burden they place on the trade. 

Cultural heritage 

“A pint down the pub with friends is one of life’s simple pleasures, as well as being a unique part of our cultural heritage. It’s devastating that so few of us feel that this is affordable.”

Scottish consumers felt the most “out of pocket” at the bar, according to CAMRA, with just 6% saying a pint was affordable compared with 15% if Londoners.

This comes as the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) last month revealed the cost of a pint of draught lager​ in a pub had risen by 12% in the year to June 2023, rising from £4.09 to £4.47.

Draught bitter prices also saw hikes during this period, increasing from £3.50 to £3.81, an 8.9% upswing.

Lack of faith 

Earlier this week, the campaign estimated some 30 pubs a week had closed​ over the first six months of this year due to issues with the national planning framework.

Moreover, almost half of Brits "lack faith" and do not trust the Conservative, Labour or Liberal Democrat party leaders to look out for the interest of British pubs​, according to further research from CAMRA.

This comes as the Bank of England today (Thursday 3 August) announced interest rates would rise​ for a 14th​ successive time.

Antona added: “Our campaigning priorities over the next few months will be calling for a shakeup of the punishing business rates systems, action to address energy costs, seeing the draught duty rate refined to work better for pubs, and working to secure increased access to market for small UK brewers.” 

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