18 pubs closing every week in UK
There were 476 pub closures in total in the first half of 2018, down from the 525 in the same period last year but higher than the 463 closed in second half of 2017, the Campaign for Real Ale revealed on Tuesday.
The data has been compiled by CAMRA's WhatPub online pub guide, which more than 95% of all currently open pubs, but does not account for new openings.
The hardest hit areas include Greater London and the East Midlands, where there was a 1.3% reduction in pub numbers. London has seen a 27% reduction in pub numbers since 2001, with 54 boozers shutting their doors for good so far this year, while in the East Midlands 47 drinking holes were shuttered. Scotland shut 14 taverns, while in Wales there were 31 closures.
There were 4,108 pubs counted in Greater London at the end of June.
Four out of five people in the UK suffering from a local pub closure in the last five years, according to research conducted by YouGov, with 21% having seen five or more close. ■