Wetherspoons pubs in Nottinghamshire to slash prices of food and drink for one day only

By Ben Reid

Sixteen Wetherspoon pubs in and around Nottingham are to cut the price of all food and drink by 7.5 per cent.

The drop will be for one day only on Thursday September 23 to highlight the benefit of a permanent VAT reduction in the hospitality industry.

Prices at the pubs will be reduced to mark Tax Equality Day.

So, for example, a pint of beer costing £1.99 will be reduced to £1.84 and a traditional breakfast costing £3.59 will cost £3.32 on the day.

At present all food and drink in pubs is subject to five per cent VAT as a result of the VAT cut by the Chancellor in July 2020.

However, this will change on October 1, when the VAT rate will rise to 12.5 per cent, with the government's aim of returning VAT to 20 per cent, in stages, in 2022.

By comparison, supermarkets pay zero VAT on food, and are able to use that saving to sell alcohol to its customers at a discounted price.

The Roebuck Inn manager, Alex Darby, said: "Customers coming to The Roebuck Inn on Thursday September 23 will find the price of their food and drink is lower than normal.

"However, as a result of the VAT increase to 12.5 per cent on October 1, we will have to increase food prices.

"Therefore, on Wednesday September 29, we will increase prices on our meals by 50p.

"We urge the Chancellor to create tax equality between pubs and supermarkets by making the current VAT regime for pubs permanent."

The pubs taking part are:

  • The Roebuck Inn in St. James Street,
  • The Company Inn in Canal Street
  • The Joseph Else in South Parade
  • Lloyds No. 1 Bar and The Free Man, both in Carlton Street
  • The Gooseberry Bush in Peel Street
  • The Trent Bridge Inn in Radcliffe Road, West Bridgford
  • The Samuel Hall in Mansfield Road
  • The Admiral Sir John Borlase Warren in Derby Road, Stapleford
  • The Woodthorpe Top in Woodthorpe Drive, Mapperley
  • The Lady Chatterley in Nottingham Road, Eastwood
  • The William Peverel in Main Street, Bulwell
  • The Ernehale in Nottingham Road, Arnold
  • The Last Post in Chilwell Road, Beeston
  • The Butler Cross in Market Place, Bingham
  • The Pilgrim Oak in High Street, Hucknall.

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