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Wetherspoon slashes prices on huge range of drinks in November

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon is launching a major sale on drinks from next month with whisky, beer and coffee costing just 99p each.

Some 671 of its pubs will be serving either a pint of Ruddles Best or Greene King IPA; a bottle of Beck's beer and a 25ml Bell's whisky with a mixer all for the low price.

And at 99 of its pubs the pint of real ale will cost £1.10, while the Beck's and whisky will still be 99p each. The discount is set to run throughout the whole of November. 

Tim Martin, chairman of Wetherspoon, which has a total of 861 pubs, said: 'Our pubs are known for their excellent choice of drinks at value-for-money prices at all times.

'Throughout November our customers will be able to choose from a great choice of drinks and save themselves some money too.'

Some 671 of the chain's pubs will be serving either a pint of Ruddles Best or Greene King IPA; a bottle of Beck's beer and a 25ml Bell's whisky with a mixer all for the reduced price of 99p

All hot drinks at its pubs, including coffees, tea and hot chocolate, will cost 99p with free refills – with the announcement made on the day of the Budget today.

At each of the 770 pubs, a 25ml Gordon's gin including a mixer will cost £1.99, while a 175ml glass of Coldwater Creek wine including red, white and rose will cost £1.69.

The Watford-based chain also said a bottle of Hardys wine including red, white and rose will be available for £6.99.

Wetherspoon's said pints at its remaining pubs will also be reduced but will vary in price. In the remaining pubs, a pint of real ale will cost from £1.49 to £1.99, a glass of wine from £1.99 to £2.79 and a Gordon's gin with mixer from £1.99 to £2.99.

Britain's biggest pub, the Royal Victoria Pavilion in Ramsgate, Kent, is a Wetherspoon location

The pubs serving the real ale at £1.10 and not 99p are in Scotland and Wales which both have minimum unit price restrictions. 

The announcement comes after City Pub Group warned the price of a pint of beer could have to rise by up to 30p to help pay for increased wages and energy costs.

Its executive chairman Clive Watson said yesterday that the hospitality industry was 'coming off life support' but could not deal with more pressure.

He told BBC Radio 4: 'We cannot absorb all these increased costs whether it is the energy costs whether it is food inflation, whether it is labour costs… so the only way forward for us is to put the price of beer and food up in our pubs.'

'No one wants to do that but I reckon the price of beer would probably have to go up 25p to 30p a pint to take account of all these increased costs.'

JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin poses at the Hamilton Hall pub in London last October

Earlier this month, Wetherspoon recorded its biggest loss on record after suffering heavily from Covid-19 restrictions - losing more than £150million last year.

The company has only seen losses in three of its 37 years - in 1984, 2020 and 2021 – but the 12 months to July 25 were its worst to date.

The chain sunk to a pre-tax loss of £154.7million, up from £34.1million a year ago, while sales were down from £1.26billion to £772.6million.

Mr Martin said on October 1 that he remained hopeful for the future and customers were starting to return since lockdown restrictions eased in the summer.

However, filling jobs was becoming difficult in some areas - particularly 'staycation' locations which have seen a surge in visitors due to international travel restrictions.

UK pubs have been struggling with a staffing crunch due to an exodus of European workers but also British workers leaving the hospitality industry during lockdowns. That shortage could pressure the industry during the usually busy Christmas season.