Norwich's Pubs Set To Go ?

They used to say of Norwich that it is a city with a church for every week of the year and a pub for every day of the year, and in my youth I used to think it was true. Down every street there seemed to be a pub, both large and small, allowing for all tastes, all musical styles and drinkers and locals alike. But this bold claim may be put to the test in the next few years.

Norwich South Liberal Democrat candidate, Simon Wright, has conducted a survey in recent weeks of pub landlords with 40% of them saying that they do not expect to be running pubs in five years time.

I know a few people in "the trade", and they tell me that supermarkets are selling spirits for less than the price that the pubs can buy it, and in many cases for less than the cost to the supermarket themselves. Offers of £10 for a litre of Vodka actually fly in the face of the prices because with VAT, the price to the supermarket exceeds £10.

I don't have a solution, but something needs to be done if we are not to lose all our pubs, particularly those local rural pubs that so many villages rely on.

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