London Is No Longer The Most Expensive Place To Buy A Pint

There’s a shock development in the new edition of the Good Pub Guide.

A refreshing glass of beer.Image Zac Macaulay/cultura/Corbis

There’s finally some good news for beer-loving Londoners after a national survey revealed the capital is no longer the most expensive place to buy a pint.

According to the figures published in the latest edition of the Good Pub Guide, Surrey is now the home of the most expensive pint, with beer prices averaging at around £4.40 a pint in the region.

That’s 20p more than in the capital and represents the first time in the publication’s 36-year history that London hasn’t been home to the most expensive pint.

It comes despite the recent revelation one pub in London charges £13.40 for one particular pint.

The Midlands and the North of England remain the cheapest areas in the UK of course, with Hereford and Yorkshire both offering the cheapest priced pints at £3.31 on average, which is more than £1 cheaper than London and Surrey.

Fiona Stapley, the guidebook’s editor, warned that the continued economic woes in the UK could spell bad news for pub goers.

“The worry here is that as pub goers are hit hard in their pockets, trade will suffer and pub closures will continue – at the moment the average rate of pub closures is 21 a week,” she said.

A beer in Spain.

Shropshire (£3.33), Derbyshire (£3.36), Cumbria (£3.38) and Worcestershire (£3.38) all fared well in the new Good Pub Guide, while the research also revealed pubs brewing their own brands were able to charge as little as £3.09 a pint.

That’s around 51p below the national average cost.

The figures follow similar research which revealed that Liverpool is the city offering the cheapest pint in the UK, just ahead of Sheffield and Nottingham.

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