Average price of UK pint soars by four times in year as lockdown hits pubs

The average price of a pint has hit £3.94 after soaring by four times the rate of inflation.

A typical beer’s cost rose 24p this year – an increase of 6% – to reach almost £4, according to new figures.

Georgia-Rose Johnson, from comparison site finder.com, which conducted the study, said: "It’s interesting to see that the cost of a pint has risen by four times the rate of inflation.

"This rise is unlikely to put customers off with the pubs reopening after three months on July 4.

"Pubs may have to increase their prices in order to make up for losses they incurred."

Unsurprisingly, London has the priciest pints, with drinkers in the capital forking out £5.19 – more than double the global average of £2.36.

The best value bars are in Dundee, where a beer typically costs £3.08, Swansea (£3.12) and Perth (£3.14).

Manchester is bang on the national average at £3.94 – 10p pricier than north-west neighbour Liverpool.

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Thirsty fans hoping to travel to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar face parting with an astonishing £10.58 for a pint.

The world’s best value beers are found in Caracas, Venezuela, at 32p.

This increase in prices comes as pubs across the UK face shaky futures in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Boozers risk being asked to temporarily close when localised lockdowns are introduced in coronavirus high-risk areas.

While Prime Minister Boris Johnson has signalled he would force the closure of pubs and shops over shutting down schools from next month amid a strive to get kids back in classrooms.

The PM said it is a "national priority" to get children back in schools and learnings as the UK continues easing of lockdown that was introduced in March.

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