UK pub numbers rise!

"The number of UK pubs and bars increased for the first time in a decade during 2019, according to the Office for National Statistics. The total number rose by 315, or 0.8 per cent, last year to 39,130, driven by food sales."
(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.
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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.
Reply to
Joyce Whitchurch
On Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:15:18 GMT, Joyce Whitchurch
I feel it's lost all of the characteristics of a pub that I would want to visit for a drink and a chat; YMMV.
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Kerr-Mudd,John

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