Populace don’t support their community pub

Mick Dennison. Pub Landlord. York Hotel, Morecambe.
Mick Dennison. Pub Landlord. York Hotel, Morecambe.

By the time you are reading this column you could be either blind drunk celebrating St Patrick’s Day or its a few hours to go before the Budget – I wonder what goodies we are going to be teased with before a General Election but more close to home; what’s going to happen to the price of alcohol.

r Osborne has hinted at freezing the duty on alcohol, great.

People taking a massive advantage of the cheaper prices of alcohol in supermarkets don’t really need to go out and support their local pub, why should they when they have bought drink at less than the cost of a bottle of water

Unfortunately, the brewers put their prices up a month ago. This is why we in the pub trade and you the loyal customers always get a double whammy at this time of year with price hikes.

You see the thing is, we in the pub trade, have to pass on the tax and duty rises in our prices.

We would be committing commercial suicide if we didn’t. Meanwhile the big supermarket and off licence chains can absorb the rises as a loss leader to get us all in to buy more of what we don’t really need.

People taking a massive advantage of the cheaper prices of alcohol in supermarkets don’t really need to go out and support their local pub, why should they when they have bought drink at less than the cost of a bottle of water.

It gives them a kind of commercial advantage where they can then saunter off into town after 11pm and quite possibly be entering licensed premises already: or well on their way to being drunk.

If you didn’t know it’s CAMRA’s Community Pubs Month in April, a time for us all to support our favourite local. I don’t hold my breath round the York for that to happen as even though I’m surrounded by lots of chimney pots as they say, the local populace just don’t support their community pub.

That is except on Christmas morning or the occasional Bank Holiday, maybe people need to think what would happen if they eventually did live in franchise land.

The loyal regulars that do recognise the advantages of a true local in all the town’s pubs should be applauded for supporting local businesses. I’m sure they will all be looking on with interest at the result of this week’s budget.