Other factors to be considered in pub prices
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.