Price of pint jumps to £7 as pub bosses cash in on Brits’ post-lockdown boozing

Pub bosses eager to claw back lockdown losses have increased the price of a pint in some boozers, with one punter claiming their local put up the price of Sam Smiths by £1.10.

Others have said a pint of Peroni shot up by 60p in their Roehampton, South West London pub.

This meant their larger cost them a whopping £7, with it previously being a cool £6.40 pre-lockdown.

The hospitality industry was hit the hardest by lockdown as Boris Johnson shut pubs, restaurants and bars periodically over the last year.

Several restaurant chains went under but the likes of Wetherspoon and Stonegate, who own the Slug and Lettuce brand, survived.

Local pubs across the country reported serious struggles however, and are thought to be clawing back lockdown losses by raising their prices.

Drinkers across the UK have already noticed price hikes, with one person saying their local has put 40p on a pint.

"Anyone else gone back to their local pub & discovered the prices have gone up quite a lot? My local has put 40p on a pint," the Twitter user wrote.

Another said: "I paid £3.20 at my local before Covid. Last night it was £4.70 a pint. That's a massive increase and not something that a lot of people have disposable income for."

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While a third said they had forker out a staggering £11 for two.

A landlord was forced to jump to the industry's defence, claiming pubs can't afford to "swallow the extra cost right now."

"We have to put up prices to reflect that once open as we can't swallow the extra cost right now," they said.

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Pubs were forced to close for the first time in March 2020, an unprecedented move that prompted the Government to announce the furlough scheme.

The scheme was a lifeline to many across the UK, who still had bills to pay despite the world coming to an abrupt standstill.

Bars and restaurants re-opened during the summer and enjoyed the Eat Out To Help Out deal, which got people back down the pub but raised Covid cases.

Boozers then missed out on Christmas, New Year, Easter and a bank holiday weekend, some of the busiest times of the year.

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