Brewhouse & Kitchen Chester

In a report released by the Office for National Statistics, for industry trends in 2019, the number of pubs and bars in the UK increased by 315.

The previous decade was tarred by the constant site of community pubs closing their doors for good as the sector struggled for growth. Now, however, it seems that innovative trends within the sector are revolutionising the industry.

In addition to the increase in the number of pubs and bars, turnover in the sector increased by £847m (3.8%) in 2017, after inflation is considered.

Real turnover in the latest year of data is at its highest level since the financial crisis ended. Moreover, there were 7,000 more jobs in the sector in 2019 compared with 2018, an increase of 1.6%.

Matt Preisinger, head of marketing at Brewhouse & Kitchen, said: “After an incredibly tumultuous decade, the industry is at long last seeing growth in the number of sites.

“The British relationship with the pub is one of this country’s great traditions, and it has been incredibly sad to see so many sites having to close their doors for the last time. Now, however, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and the British pub is roaring yet again.

“The growth in turnover is in part due to our continued traditional relationship with our local community. However, what has driven fantastic growth is the innovation that has driven the sector, and will continue to do so.

“On-site brewing keeps flavours within pubs fresh and customers coming back for more. The rise of craft ale in particular is really appealing to those who seek innovative flavours, and the extraordinary rise in regional micro-breweries is testament to this.”

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