Many will look at factors such as the high beer duty prices due to the UK Government’s controversial beer duty escalator
, which was temporarily scrapped in March 2013 by Chancellor George Osbourne. However, it appears to have come too little and too late for a number of community pubs closing all over Britain.
The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) described the escalation of pub closures as very concerning
. But some are blaming the trend of closures on the smoking ban
— a defining legacy left by the outgoing Labour Government in 2010 and the ridiculously cheap prices of alcohol available in supermarkets.
The local pub has always been a traditional bastion of male-dominated working-class life
, and is having to change its image. Many new bars and chain pubs have opened but most emulate bistros rather than a traditional "spit and sawdust" pub.
Others are glorified night clubs, serving tequila slammer shots and frequented by the young, rather than real ale-serving establishments where men and women can chat about the state of the nation, the latest sporting news or simply bang the world to rights over a decent pint of beer.