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    Just a question, has there been an increase in real ale prices?
    I'm asking because I visited the real ale & camra favourite pub Bree Louise.
    I had a pint, can't remember the name apart from Suffolk, it was 4.0 but it cost £3.50 and a lot of their ales seemed to be the same price.
    Has the VAT gone up already??
    If it is going to cost that much, I will stay drinking Guinness for £3.30, which is 4.0.

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    Prices here seem to have been stable since the summer, my nearest good pub charged £2.60, £2.70 or £2.80 depending on strength back in August and still does. Some places in Harrogate and York are over £3 but that's the same as the summer as well.

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    No changes around here, still between £2.80 - £3.10 depending where I drink, not ABV dependent, but then I normally stick to HSB anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthurish View Post
    Just a question, has there been an increase in real ale prices?
    I'm asking because I visited the real ale & camra favourite pub Bree Louise.
    I had a pint, can't remember the name apart from Suffolk, it was 4.0 but it cost £3.50 and a lot of their ales seemed to be the same price.
    Has the VAT gone up already??
    If it is going to cost that much, I will stay drinking Guinness for £3.30, which is 4.0.

    Thanks

    Arthurish

    At the Bree Louise there is a 50p per pint discount if you show a CAMRA membership card, which makes the beers look a lot cheaper.
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    No change round here £2ish for the permanant ales , and £2.30/£2.80 for the guests depending on strength
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    What I’ve found at the Bree Louise is that the real ale prices are loaded so that once the 50p CAMRA discount is taken off you are back with paying around £2.80 - £3.30, depending on strength, which is about par for the course around there. Although I am a CAMRA member and usually remember my card this practice does annoy me a bit. It means there is no real ‘discount’ and also penalises those who are not CAMRA members. It’s a bit like those horrible It’s A Scream pubs where you pay through the nose unless you have a student card to claim a discount.

    By the way, if you want to see some real scary prices try the nearby Euston Tap that opened about a month ago.
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    Yes, I've found the standard £3.30 at Bree Louise a bit steep, especially as I find the quality far from perfect and the venue drab.
    I read about your expensive selection at the Tap, Millay, but there still seems to be a £2.80 option available.
    Otherwise Arthurish, no, although my wanderings have been limited, I've not noticed any obvious increases.

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    Strangely enough I was thinking about the costs of a pint the other day and came to the conclusion that it is probably cheaper in real terms to drink in a pub now than 20 years ago. I remember everyone having heart attacks when the price of a pint started to hit the £2 mark, I think it would have been around the early 90's. Given that 20 years later we are now looking at £3/£3.50 in London for a pint, I don't think beer has increased as much as other life essentials like train fares, Mars Bars and football tickets. I don't have any figures to compare but it was just a thought. Also, I strongly believe that if it were not for our old pal Tim at Wetherspoons coming along and throwing cheaper prices into the market place, we would probably by now be looking at pints hitting £5 rather than middling between £3 and £4. As the man says, we've never had it so good.

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    Wye Valley Ales £2.00 to £2.50
    Lagers £3.00
    Guinness £3.10.

    It is only a small town so not a lot of competition between pubs. The prices, apart from a 5p rise on Guinness, have been stable for the last year. Coffee prices seem to be rising however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RogerB View Post
    I remember everyone having heart attacks when the price of a pint started to hit the £2 mark, I think it would have been around the early 90's.
    Aye mid 90's in Portishead, that was when I first started drinking. It coincided with the release of the £2 coin, which was immediately known as a 'beer token'.

    Prices here vary wildly here in Berkshire, but in a decent non-chain pub it's about £3-£3.30. I think Roger makes a pertinent point about Mr Martin and his cheap beer. We have four Wetherspoons here in Reading and three of them are usually packed every evening, simply because of the £1.50-odd price differential (more if you have a CAMRA 50p off voucher). Over the course of a month, assuming a pint a day is quaffed, that's rather a large saving - £45!

    Bree Louise - as others have mentioned, it's an expensive place if you are not a CAMRA member. And I've never found it much cop quality-wise if you have stuff from stillage (which is most of it).

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