The publicans of South Street have joined together to protest against beer duty today (Tuesday, March 18) by offering customers pints of real ale at the duty free price.
Beer duty has risen by a massive 42 per cent in four years, so the landlords – Shoes Simes of the Eagle and Dew Drop Inn, Jack Visick of Maxims, Rachel Ainsley of the Dolphin and Toby Allchorn of Bibendum – hope Tuesday’s duty free prices will make that clear to the customers.
Rachel Ainsley said, “We are calling for the government to freeze beer duty in the upcoming budget, it is essential for the future of our industry.”
MP Stephen Lloyd, pictured with the landlords enjoying a pint in The Dolphin, added, “I have urged the Chancellor and Chief Secretary to the Treasury to listen to the calls from our pub trade to freeze beer duty this year.
“It would be a huge lift to an important industry, bring a smile to many peoples faces and help grow numbers employed in the industry.”