UK pub numbers rise!

(from the BBC news website at
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I'm intrigued, not least because I didn't know the ONS kept statistics like this. And they're broken down to some extent by size of pub, or more accurately, by number of staff, which seems a reasonable proxy for, say, floor area.
Reply to
Joyce Whitchurch
It'll be down to the "pokey" micropub-type things. The ONS figures may include restaurants with a license; which to my mind is a change of use; but not as far as planning application departments are concerned.
Reply to
Kerr-Mudd,John
I know what you mean about "restaurants with beer", but as long as I can go in, buy a pint, and say "not today, thanks!" to the inevitable "will you be dining with us?", then it's still a pub to me.
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Joyce Whitchurch

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