Brighton drinkers hit up to 148 pints per minute as pubs reopen Brighton News

Brighton and Hove drinkers spilled nearly 150 pints per minute as pubs reopened on Monday.

As thirsty customers were first allowed inside this year, up to about 148 pints were consumed per minute at their peak, according to data from banking firm Revolut.

The company analyzed data from its 5,000 customers in the city and found that drinkers were paying £ 11.58 per round, compared to an average of £ 12.86 in Britain.

However, one bettor has spent £ 174.74 on a single purchase in a pub or restaurant.

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The region’s biggest consumers were men aged 25 to 34, although Revolut said their customers tend to be slightly younger than the national average.

The Argus: Natasha Gatward, Supervisor at Temple Bar in Western Road, HoveNatasha Gatward, Supervisor at Temple Bar in Western Road, Hove

Despite the increase in trade, figures show spending at pubs in Brighton and Hove fell 15% from the average on Monday in February last year, before the pandemic began.

Spending at bars across Britain was still 6% lower than normal levels – which could be due to the fact that thousands of pubs are still closed and those open have significantly reduced capacity, said the British Beer and Pub Association.

Emma McClarkin, Executive Director of BBPA, said: “After questionable weather for the last week or so, we know the Brits are anxious to be inside the pub again.

“This is by no means the end of the crisis for our sector.

“We need pubs fully reopened with no restrictions on June 21 if they are to survive and do business sustainably.

“The countdown to freedom and recovery is on.”

The figures also show the behavior of residents of Brighton and Hove in restaurants and cafes on Monday.

Spending at catering establishments was 4% lower than expected last year – compared to the UK average of 32% lower.

UKHospitality said this week’s reopening was a milestone for the industry as a whole.

But Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the trade association, added that the step towards normality was “psychological rather than economic” as companies still operate with severe restrictions.

“This is why we need the government to stick to the road map and remove all restrictions beyond June 21,” she added.

This date is the proposed final step on the roadmap to emerge from the lockdown in England, when all social restrictions are removed.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there was no “conclusive” evidence to deviate from the timetable, despite concerns over the Indian variant of the coronavirus.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-19 12:56:00