UK Pub Visiting market report
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This Report examines the market for pub visiting, with the primary focus on drinking in pubs/bars. A separate Mintel Report, Pub Catering – UK, May 2018, looks at the role of food in pubs in more detail. The market size in this Report refers to pub sales of food, alcohol, soft drinks and other items such as from snacks and vending machines.
All pubs (public houses) and bars have on-trade licences to serve alcoholic drink for consumption on the premises. These licences may also be granted to other outlets, such as hotels or cinemas, but a pub has at least some traditional characteristics that differentiate it from other bars.
Most pubs trace their heritage to close links, or ‘ties’, to a local brewery. The brewery traditionally owned the freehold, or a long lease, on the property and then either sublet it to a tenant (tenanted pubs) or installed its own landlord to run it (the managed estate). The managed/tenanted distinction still pertains to many ‘estates’ (owned groups) of pubs, but tenancies have often been replaced by more modern, long-term leases (leased pubs).
A ‘pubco’ (pub company) is independent from the control of a brewer, although it may negotiate long-term supply contracts with a single brewer and thus maintain close links with the brewing industry. Leased/tenanted companies make most of their money from supplying beer and other drinks to their tenants at wholesale prices. A free house has no contract to a specific pubco or brewer, and is run as an entirely independent business.
‘Wet sales’ refers to a pub’s turnover from drinks and ‘dry sales’ refers to its food turnover.
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Written by Emma Clifford, a leading analyst in the Food & Drink sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.
Millennials are particularly likely to view pubs as all-round leisure experiences and are receptive to new and more unusual forms of entertainment. The difficulty for landlords will be to cater for these more open-minded pub-goers while also meeting the needs of more traditional patrons who tend to see the pub as a more relaxed venue.
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