More than a quarter of UK pubs have closed since 2001

More than a quarter of Britain’s pubs have called last orders for the final time since 2001, according to official figures the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The number of pubs had fallen from 52,500 in 2001 to 38,815 in 2018, with rural independent pubs on the outskirts of major cities most likely to close.

The ONS report titled Economies of Ale, highlights the problems facing many pubs including tax rises and wage increases and shifting consumer habits.

Rural pubs suffer

Larger commercial chain venues continue to grow in number, while small independent pubs have been disappearing from the British countryside.

Employment and turnover remain steady, despite over 11,000 pubs shutting over the past decade. However, Tom Stainer, a spokesman for the real ale group Camra, stresses we are losing more than businesses, he said: “These shocking new figures show the huge loss that has been felt by communities up and down the country as beloved locals have closed down.”

Many rural pubs regarded as the heart of the community.

Shrewsbury Real Ale Trail

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As well as being a great day out, our Real Ale Trails supports rural pubs by driving customers to their doors (literally). Supporting pubs one pint at a time.

We take the need for a designated driver away, so you can spend the day visit rural pubs that are off the beaten track with a dedicated bus service. We have Trails across Wales and the North West of England.

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