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Average price of real ale goes past £3 for very first time

Real ale prices at The Mulberry Tree pub, Ipswich Photo: Flickr, Roger Blackwell

Real ale prices at The Mulberry Tree pub, Ipswich
Photo: Flickr, Roger Blackwell

The average cost of a pint of cask beer has passed the £3 barrier for the very first time.

According to the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)’s annual prices survey of 772 pubs, in February 2013 the average cost of a pint in the UK was £3.03 – a rise of 12p on the February 2012 price.

However, the price of a pint of real ale remains at less than £3 in six of the twelve regions.

Jonathan Mail, CAMRA’s head of public affairs, told the organisation’s What’s Brewing? magazine: “In a milestone moment the average cost of a pint of real ale in a pub has broken the £3 barrier for the first time.

“Nonetheless, real ale in a pub remains good value selling at nearly 20p a pint less than lager.”

Regional differences

The research also revealed stark differences in the cost of a pint in regions across the UK.

The most expensive place to get a pint is London, at £3.31 a pint, while the North West is the cheapest, at £2.69 – a gap of 62p.

Scotland’s pints saw the highest increase, going up by 34p to £3.24.

The only region to see a decrease in price was Wales, but this was only by 1p.

Check out our graph below for the differences in prices across the UK. The full data is also included below.

Changes in the price of real ale

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