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Burnley pub closures due to drinkers changing habits
CUT-price supermarket competition and changing demographics have led to the demise of dozens of East Lancashire pubs, according to experts.
Earlier this week the Coach and Horses in Church Street, Burnley, shut its doors – although Robinsons Brewery is in talks to find new landlords.
But research by drinks industry specialist CGA has confirmed that north-west pubs are closing at an alarming rate.
Several real-ale pubs have sprung up, including Buffs at Rawtenstall railway station and the Irwell Works brewery in Ramsbottom.
Larger watering holes have fared far worse as drinkers increasingly look to ‘pre-load’ before going on a night out.
Mick Jacques, who runs the Ministry of Ale, Trafalgar Street, Burnley, has his own craft venture, the Moonstone Brewery, on-site.
But he once ran the Dog Inn, Revidge Road, Blackburn, which had a £500,000 per year turnover but is now closed.
He said: “Everyone now can go to the supermarket and buy the same beer at under cost price and drink at home. You see young people arriving in town at around midnight after already doing their drinking.”
Elaine Nelson, of The Talbot, Burnley, said: “It is very difficult for tenants and managers to keep up with the prices that are required by the major breweries.”
Andrew Buchanan, director of pub operations for East Lancashire brewery Thwaites, which runs a number of major names in Burnley, said changing drinking habits are the cause. He said: “We have to recognise social demographics and consumption habits are changing. Many people now simply do not drink.
“At the same time, due to the changing nature of employment and the fact that there is much less heavy industry, we have lost much of the blue-collar post-work trade.”
Geoff Sutcliffe, of the Rising Sun, Whalley New Road, Blackburn, said ‘street corner’ pubs didn’t stand a chance. He added: “In my day, we would go to the pub three or four times a week.
“It was the social centre where you would meet up with friends, but over the years it has changed.”
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