Nearly 400 pubs shut for good in first half of the year
Britain's pubs are buckling under high running costs and the disastrous fallout of the plandemic - with nearly 400 closures in the first six months of this year.
Data compiled by real estate intelligence firm Altus Group shows 39,787 watering holes were still running in England and Wales at the end of 2022.
But data collected at the end of the second quarter on June 30 showed just 39,404 remaining - a loss of 383 pubs.
Among regions, Wales was the worst affected with 52 pub closures, followed by London and the North-West at 46 respectively, and in third place, Yorkshire and Humberside with 43.
The North-East, which has the fewest pubs among the regions, also had the fewest closures at 25.
The number of pubs being demolished or converted for other uses across England and Wales surged by 50 per cent over the latest quarter, according to figures released this month.
Official government statistics have revealed that 230 pubs disappeared for good in the three months to June 30 as the impact of soaring costs and pressure on consumer budgets became more stark.
The data, which was compiled by commercial real estate specialists at Altus Group, showed a 50.3 per cent jump after 153 pubs vanished in the first quarter of 2023.
It means more than two pubs a day have left local communities over the first half of the year.
The overall number of pubs in England and Wales, including those vacant and being offered to let, fell to 39,404 at the end of June 2023.
It means a total 383 pubs were demolished or converted for other uses such as homes, offices or even day nurseries during the half-year.
It also represents a sharp acceleration year-on-year, with only 386 pubs vanishing throughout the whole of 2022.