boroughpaul wrote:Shame to see a local pub close but this one in particular looked totally out of date and not very welcoming
boroughpaul wrote:I was referring to the decor it was well in need of a refurb
Rambling Phil wrote:There are a whole load of reasons why pubs are closing (running at about 16 per week nationally), including (in no particular order):
Many pubs (eg in SE1) occupying prime locations for building residential accomodation; particularly for heavily indebted pubco's, the attraction of a large sum of money now is much greater than a potential stream of income into the future.
Beer ties and high taxation making it increasingly difficult for landlords to make a profit, particularly from the wet trade.
Social changes - fewer local employers making the post-work drink rarer, more choices for how to spend leisure hours, pressure on people's disposable income.
Competition from supermarkets making drinking at home (assuming you're happy to drink industrial lagers) much cheaper than going to the pub.
We're blessed with many great pubs in SE1 but, as Fraise pointed out, if you don't want to lose your local, you have to use it.
Also, you might want to join CAMRA (www.camra.org.uk) and support their campaigns.
[Declarations of interest - no commercial involvement in pub trade, other than as a customer, inactive CAMRA member]
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