Country pubs facing a battle for survival

Since 2008, nearly a quarter of pubs in the UK have been forced to closed due to ongoing pressures.

By Henry Whitaker and Olly Wood

Around 120 pubs in Leeds have closed since 2001, to the Office for National Statistics. Those that have managed to survive have been forced to change their ways, by increasing spending on refurbishments.

With pressure from supermarkets undercutting prices and breweries growing in power, more traditional pubs are struggling and face closure.

The trend seems to be more people are preferring to stay in or go to the more fashionable city bars.

Landlords are faced with he difficult task of balancing the book whilst attracting more custom

Business rates have made this task difficult and the taprooms are given less and less say in how they operate.

Issues with recruitment also play a factor- with understaffed pubs proving unattractive to drinkers.

The future looks bleak for the traditional pub – and that could have a bigger impact on communities.

For decades the pub has been a social place for village dwellers to form a bond and stay connected.

Time will tell if the bold step of a face lift by the likes of The Inn, Scarcroft, will pay off or just paper over the cracks.



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This article was produced by a student or students on the BA in Journalism at Leeds Beckett University.

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