Pub Visits in Sharp Decline as New Restrictions Loom

Visits to pubs across the UK took a tumble in September as the stimulus of Eat-Out-to-Help-Out appears to be running dry and large parts of the country face renewed restrictions.

Huq’s Index for Restaurants & Pubs, which measures daily footfall across the industry, had identified signs of a positive recovery throughout August. However, the rate of growth has reversed in the last few weeks with visits halving in pubs. Restaurants and even QSR paint a similar picture.

Reports suggest that “irresponsible drinking” has caused a sharp rise in cases in parts of the UK and tighter restrictions continue to create a challenging trading environment for the UK’s publicans. Further analysis in the coming weeks and months will offer clues as to what kind of winter the sector could be facing.

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