Nationwide pub decline hits borough
Pubs across the UK are shutting down at the rate of 26 a week, beer is more expensive than at any time in the last 10 years and barrel sales are the lowest they have been over the same period, according to industry figures.
Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) numbers makes for worrying reading for drinkers and pub enthusiasts alike – and Waltham Forest is no exception.
An estimated 30 pubs have shut down in the Walthamstow, Leyton, Leytonstone, Chingford and Highams Hill areas since 2002, according to The Lost Pubs website, which lists 22,894 closed pubs.
Reasons cited for disappearing pubs range from beer tax, to the smoking ban, to the demise of the high street to supermarkets supplying cheaper alcohol.
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