Good Pub Guide reports cheapest beer in is the West Midlands

Thu, 07 Oct 2010

The new 2011 Good Pub Guide reports that the West Midlands offers the cheapest beer in England.

The Guide which featured 1,165 pubs in its new publication asked how much they charged for their cheapest pint of real ale bitter.

The average price of a pint in Great Britain is £2.80, which is an increase of 4% compared to last year. The cheapest pint can be purchased in the West Midlands for £2.45 compared to the most expensive at £3.08 in Surrey.

Fiona Stapley, the Guides co-editor says the variation in price reflects the socio-economic make-up of each area as well as the levels of competition, the nature of their bars and the type of beer on offer.

She says "in areas where you have heavy concentrations of the big chains, the prices tend to be higher," and "in pubs which brew their own beer , prices are on average a third lower.”

"Beer is more expensive in London because they have a large concentration of people who will come out from work and go drinking. But at the same time, food in London pubs is incredibly good value."
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