Call to cut price of a pint

REAL ale drinkers have called on pubs to cut prices after it emerged Suffolk was one of the most expensive parts of the country to buy a pint.

REAL ale drinkers have called on pubs to cut prices after it emerged Suffolk was one of the most expensive parts of the country to buy a pint.

According to the Good Pub Guide 2009, the average price of a pint of bitter in Suffolk is £2.72 - just nine pence less than London.

The average price of a pint of bitter in the UK now stands at £2.58 - an increase of 7 per cent on last year.

Kevin Waterson, chairman of the West Suffolk branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), said although there were some pubs in the county where the price of a pint was “reasonable”, he said he was often shocked when he went elsewhere in the country and found prices so much lower.

He said: “We are expensive in Suffolk. Yet we have two major breweries here and, in East Anglia, the highest concentration of microbreweries in the country.

“I've just come back from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire where the most I paid was £2.40 and that was for a great beer at 6% alcohol, something which would have cost more than £3 in Suffolk.”

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A spokeswoman for Greene King, which is based on Bury St Edmunds, said prices varied across the country according to location and type of pub and said its aim was to provide value for money to all its customers.

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