New data from the Office for National Statistics, suggests 1 in every 4 pubs has closed in the past 10 years.
This totals over 11,000 pubs closing since 2008 – an alarming figure!
We are now left with around 39,000 pubs.
What is more shocking is that alongside the high amount of closures, the turnover of the pub industry has remained stable, and employment in this sector is on the rise.
Pubs which remain open tend to be bigger. This is linked to a shift of the focus to food, as big companies saw an indoor smoking ban in 2007. The bigger venues and additional food service creates more job for staff, hence employment has risen by 6%.
Jobs in this sector are low paid with 70% of pub and bar workers earning less than the Real Living Wage.
The statistical analysis found that some areas were hit more than others.
Birmingham shed 220 pubs over the last decade, being the worst hit local authority area.
Edges around the big cities such as Newham, Luton, Dagenham and Barking – around London- have fewer than half the pubs then did in 2001. Manchester, Burney, Bolton, Walsall and Dudley were also hit.
Hackney saw the biggest rise in pubs with an extra 30 being added to the borough since 2008. It was the only plan in London to gain more than 10 pubs in the period.
Popular tourist areas such as Highland Scotland, South Lakeland and some seaside towns such as Blackpool and Brighton, has increased numbers of pubs. Is tourism contributing?