Pubs and Bars

UK pub sector expands for first time since 2009

In 2019 there was an annual net gain of 320 pubs across the UK, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Since 2009 pubs across the UK have been closing at a rate of around 700 per year.

Paul Collins, a licensed trade specialist at Miller Commercial’s business transfer department, said the interest in licensed premises it saw in 2019 has continued into 2020, which “supports the figures from the ONS”.

He said: “Miller Commercial sold and let a number of pubs and bars in 2019 to a mix of both experienced hospitality professionals and first time entrants to the trade.

“In each transaction it was apparent to me that the new owners/operators are looking to refocus these venues as the social hub within their given communities, be this a traditional village Inn or town centre venue.”

Collins added: “One of the most important aspects to the success of many of these ventures is the need to embrace rapidly changing dining habits with the growth in veganism, gluten free dining and of course the desire for customers to understand the provenance of their food.”

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