Thursday, 17 February 2011
Farewell to The Castle Oak
A peak of pub closures occurred in 2009, with around 52 a week shutting down in the UK. They are still closing at an alarming rate. Recent figures show that in the past year a total of 2,377 pubs have closed.
The British pub is an important meeting place within the community. A community that has lost all its pubs is a much poorer place for it.
High beer tax, which has raised the cost of an average pint of beer to £3 in a UK pub, is one of the factors responsible. Something needs to be done to reverse the trend of closing pubs. Reducing or scraping beer tax would be a start.