The price of pints is set to rise by 30p even before duty increases are announced.
Reports say that the price of pints is set to rise by 30p even before duty increases are potentially announced in Rishi Sunak’s Budget.
Over eight in 10 pubs have increased their prices, or plan on doing so, as rising costs are passed on to customers.
Rising prices have left publicans appealing to the chancellor to stop an increase in the alcohol duty rate as they fear paying £6 for a pint could become normality in London and the south-east.
A shortage in hospitality staff returning to work after furlough has caused pubs to increase wages to fill the estimated 134,000 vacancies, as well as drinks wholesalers such as Matthew Clark and Bibendum raising their prices by between 3.5 and 5 per cent next month.
A spokesman for the companies, which are owned by the C&C Group, said: “As our industry recovers from the pandemic, the pressure on UK and global supply chains has added increased cost and complexity.”
Co-founder of the Forum of British Pubs Dave Mountford claims that pubs would need to raise the price of pints from 20p to 30p in order to meet the increasing costs.
“In my pub, that means I will be charging more than £4 for a pint of cask ale for the first time,” he said.
“It will mean much more in areas like London.”
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