Pub numbers – finally – on the rise after decade long decline
For the first time in a decade, the number of licensed pubs in Britain is on the rise. The country has lost an average of over 700 pubs each year since 2010 – a trend of decline which at one point looked as though it might be unstoppable. But according to new data from the Office of National Statistics, 2019 has enjoyed a net gain of 320 pubs on the 2018 tally – despite facing a multitude of industry obstacles like business rate changes, economic instability, and a decline in the consumption rates of alcohol.
The reduction in the pub numbers over the last decade has been heart breaking, following change to both business taxes and alcohol duties. But hopefully these figures signpost a reversal of fortunes. Hooray