I can only image that Brits across the country will respond with shock and horror to the revelation that the most expensive pints are no longer being sold in London.
It's the first time since beer records began, back in 1982, that the priciest pint can be found outside of the capital. In Surrey no less.
The Good Pub Guide, has revealed that the average pint in Surrey costs a whopping £4.40. The average pint across the country is £3.60, so Surrey is a total of 80p above average, which to put it in economic terms, is the equivalent of two and a half Freddos.
There's been a 13p rise in the county over just the last year. Shit man.
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The reason given for the rise in Surrey prices is largely down to the county's overall wealth, with property prices (among other factors) pushing up business running costs for publicans, many who are already struggling against thin profit margins.
Another important price hike for pub owners has been the Chancellor's decision to increase duty on beer, raising their costs even higher.
While many pubs try to absorb increased costs, it's inevitable that they have to pass those costs onto displeased punters at some stage or another. So many Surrey residents will have noticed a steep climb in beer prices over the last decade or so.
It's also true that London, which is a big city, has far more pubs and excellent public transport, giving people a wealth of choice when it comes to deciding where to
get bladdered have a quiet drinky. As a result, publicans have to be more wary when they're thinking about bumping up their prices, knowing full well that customers can go elsewhere.
Either that, or there are a shit load more Wetherspoons in London than there are in Surrey.
Words: Ronan O'Shea
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