Pubgoers Slam ‘inflated’ Prices

25 Sep 2009

Up to 80 regulars at the Rochdale Road pub have signed a petition supporting pub landlady Gail Pomfrey in calling on Admiral to cut the wholesale prices. The firm supplies a 22-gallon keg of Carling lager to Gail for £224.14 net of VAT — compared to a price of £140 in the wholesale market in the area. GMB has analysed retail prices charged by pub operators and submitted its findings to the Office of Fair Trading and the EU, saying that pub companies are driving up prices. Its survey shows that Pubfolio Ltd non-managed pubs sell the cheapest pints of lager at an average £2.01, with Valient Sports second at £2.07, Weatherspoons next at £2.09 and Gail forced to charge £2.65.

Gail, who has run the pub for 10 years, said: “It is ridiculous what we have to pay for our beers and bottles from Admiral Taverns. We pay way over and above cash-and-carry prices. We pay between £20 to £50 more per barrel of beer and lager, depending on brand, and £5 to £15 a case of bottles. We have no alternative but to pass all these inflated prices on to the customer.”

GMB North-West Secretary Mike Williamson said: “With this petition you can see the strength of feeling of the customers. It’s getting to the point where people can’t afford to go out and socialise. The fat cats levying the workers’ beer has got to be stopped.”