Why Samuel Smith’s and breweries should freeze beer prices – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Chris Skidmore, Higham, Barnsley.

What is the future of the nation's pubs as the hospitality industry reopens?

THANK you for this opportunity to respond to the features relating to “Re-opening Yorkshire”. I personally couldn’t agree more with the sentiments expressed – there has been no ‘solid data’ to coin a phrase from the medical experts or the MPs to “support this continued persecution”.

The so-called guidelines issued to publicans/licensees/staff borders on the farcical and will become more and more difficult to administrate and, in some cases, create animosity and frustration.

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However, I would like to point out to brewery bosses (and to the officials of CAMRA) that support for the industry cuts both ways.

What is the future of the nation's pubs as the hospitality industry reopens?

Breweries require the support of their regulars, the last thing needed at this time is another price rise similar to what has been experienced after previous enforced closures? One local brewery, Samuel Smith’s, put up its prices by a £1 per drink. I would hope that the breweries can confirm through your newspaper that they have no intention of fleecing loyal customers?

The brewing industry faced a crisis before the virus washed up on these shores. In 2019, pubs were closing at the rate of 40 per month. Dare I suggest that in this situation we really are all in it together?

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