Other fac­tors to be con­sid­ered in pub prices

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

I READ Phil-G’s re­marks af­ter his re­cent “tour”, and I am also at an age where I can re­mem­ber a “pint for a pound”. Even in those not so dis­tant times, prices var­ied from pub to pub.

What Phil doesn’t seem to com­pre­hend is each pub on his tour played not on a level play­ing field, but to dif­fer­ent rules.

Pubs have a va­ri­ety of own­er­ship: large na­tional chains have the abil­ity to buy in bulk, their beer some­times be­ing close to the end date, and can there­fore sell cheap.

In­de­pen­dent, pri­vate land­lords, can have some flex­i­bil­ity and are able to ne­go­ti­ate with the brew­ers. How­ever, some land­lords are in tied po­si­tions where their chain own­ers can dic­tate where, and for how much, their sup­plies are bought. There are also brew­ery owned premises.

If th­ese dif­fer­ences were not enough, Phil-G may have found the vastly dif­fer­ing rates quite a sober­ing thought.

Did he in­quire about how much each paid their staff? Did he no­tice blan­ket tele­vi­sion in some bars, their satel­lite ser­vices not com­ing cheap? Did he no­tice mu­sic play­ing in the back­ground? Per­form­ing rights also have costs.

I am quite happy as a cus­tomer and ap­pre­ci­ate the level of ser­vice I re­ceive in the pubs in Dundee city cen­tre.

I am also aware that they have over­heads to meet, fluc­tu­at­ing sup­ply and de­mand, and vari­able prices for sourc­ing stock.

D. Martin.

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