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Coleman posted..

The problem is that the market has changed as you say and the breweries and most licensees have failed to adapt en mass.

The licensees are very quick to blame the brewery, yes they charge too much rent and too much for the beer. But what about the people running the pubs who failed to change their offer to suit the market? For a few years now people have been looking for more from their local, food, entertainment, etc. But a lot of the pubs that are failing are doing so because they have tried to stick to beer sales only and thats simply not enough.

It's no coincidence that the places that are closing are the ones that are run down and either don't offer food or offer poor food! And that the pubs that are doing well (and some are doing very well) are the ones who invested and adapted to the changing market.

Truth is that there are so many pubs in the uk, from a consumer point of view losing a chunk of them is no bad thing, those that survive will do so because they improve, we will loose the chaff and in a few years there will be a niche market develop for 'traditional pubs' once there are little or non of these left. Sounds daft when its the 'traditional pub' that are struggling, but people get nostalgic about things they no longer have, when the traditional pub is all but gone, the people who have the vision to open a place with that traditional feel, look and experience will find they have a gold mine on their hands if they get the formula right!