Wetherspoon Food And Drink Prices Rise As England's Pubs Reopen Today
Yes, many of the drinks and meals at Wetherspoon pubs - as well as a load of other places, to be fair - have increased in price after the three-month coronavirus lockdown forced the hospitality industry to completely stop.
It's not exactly going to break the bank, as the price of beers, wines, and spirits has only gone up by approximately 10p.
Back at Spoons, the chain's famously affordable meals are going to be increased in price by 20p.
It seems pretty reasonable that prices would rise, given that pubs have been completely unable to trade for ages now, and they'll be welcoming back significantly less customers to allow for safety and social distancing measures to be in place.
Prices do already vary across the 900 Wetherspoon pubs that are allowed to throw open their doors once again.
It certainly hasn't deterred people from getting stuck in this morning once again.
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Wetherspoon spokesperson Eddie Gershon told LADbible: "Prices will go up on beer, spirits and wine, by approximately 10p a serving and by approximately 20p on a meal.
"All we can say in this area is that we try to keep prices as competitive as possible.
"From time to time there will be price rises but we always try and minimise them.
"Even with price rises, the entire pub industry, including Wetherspoon, will be less profitable than before pubs closed, because costs will be so much higher."
Tom Stainer, the chief executive of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) said: "We do understand that pubs are facing increased overheads and reduced income due to restricted customer numbers, and may have to consider raising prices to make ends meet.
"We'd hope that this kept to a minimum, as pubs will be trying to persuade people to head back to the local."
"Many people have been drinking cheap supermarket beer during lockdown, and price rises won't help to persuade people to return to the pub.
"I would hope that any price rises are reasonable and purely to ensure pubs are viable on reopening, rather than taking advantage of the situation to hike prices unreasonably."
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