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The Changing Face of the British Pub Industry

The British and Irish pub is an institution unique to this corner of Europe. Pubs sit at the centre of most British communities, simultaneously serving as restaurants, drinking establishments and social venues. Where a pub drifts into being a bar, restaurant, or even a hotel is hard to define, but what makes a pub a pub is so ingrained in our culture that for Brits the simplest definition is that we know it when we see it.

However since 2002 the number of pubs in the UK has been in steady decline. A number of factors have been blamed for this including high levels of taxation on alcohol, rising property prices and bad management. The British press has taken up the cause and the falling number of pubs regularly generates column inches and editorials.

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