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Most expensive pint

On 6 Nov 2012 at 6:43pm pubman wrote:
The King's Head were charging £4 a pint on the 5th. Did anyone find an even bigger rip off? I won't forget this Kings Head
On 6 Nov 2012 at 7:04pm Drunk as lord wrote:
One way round that is to do what one gentleman of the road, spotted this morning in and around the high street and twittens,
He was carefully seeking out unfinished glasses/cups/bottles and enjoying a free sess. on somebody elses money. Very green and very thoughtful.
He even put the empties in a bin. What a gent!
On 6 Nov 2012 at 7:34pm huw wrote:
We kept our Harveys to it's usual £3.20 a pint. Heard rumours of some places charging up to £4.50 but I can't confirm them.
We will have to put our prices up soon, but didn't want to do it just before bonfire as it seems a bit mean hearted and a tax on the bonfire boys. Also didn't want to start new prices and confuse staff just before the busiest time of the year.
On 6 Nov 2012 at 7:40pm No Pot Pourri wrote:
Which pub serves the cheapest Harveys in Lewes?
On 7 Nov 2012 at 12:31am IMEYOU wrote:
The Crown was £5 a pint !
On 7 Nov 2012 at 12:35am IMEYOU wrote:
I bought a half a cider and half a harveys at the crown, "£5 please, thank you very much" !
On 7 Nov 2012 at 9:23am Pete wrote:
I think the Elle has the cheapest Harveys (at the moment!), but I may be mistaken, is this correct Huw ?
On 7 Nov 2012 at 11:02am brixtonbelle wrote:
We've stopped going to the Snowdrop - its too expensive.
On 7 Nov 2012 at 11:36am huw wrote:
Pete, I think the Gardeners and the Brewers are usually the same price as us but we may have missed a price rise earlier in the year so may be cheaper than them at the moment
The Lamb has only just put their prices up but are normally at a level with us (though they don't sell Harveys they do a nice pint of Hop Head and keep the price on a par with our Harveys).
I think the Lamb and us do a good job keeping our prices down, if you think that we are both tied houses and pay an average of 30 percent more for our beer than the free houses in town.
Sorry if there are any other pubs I've missed who keep their prices down to our levels, please feel free to correct my omission.
On 7 Nov 2012 at 12:00pm Extra wrote:
I can't understand why tied houses pay thirty per cent more than free houses, not exactly a level playing field.
And why do Harveys have an annual price rise when trading is up, particularly
with the Amex.
On 7 Nov 2012 at 3:10pm Enry wrote:
The Kings head were charging £4 for Harveys and £4.50 for everything else.
I shall "preload" next year.
Although I actually find Bonfire more pleasurable sober...
On 7 Nov 2012 at 4:17pm Works in pub trade wrote:
Harveys have an annual price rise that takes in to account the increase in the price of the ingredients. Their beer turnover and profits have been falling slightly for the last couple of years. See below.
The Snowdrop has to have the most expensive regular beer (Brooklyn Lager at 5pound a pint), but I hear the rent there is very high.

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On 7 Nov 2012 at 6:03pm No Pot Pourri wrote:
The Snowdrop is a freehouse and the publicans own the place.
On 7 Nov 2012 at 7:00pm Extra wrote:
Thankyou. Still doesn't explain why they charge their own people 30% more
than a free house. And they're still making a substantial profit for a family outfit,
despite the increase in pension contributions etc.
On 7 Nov 2012 at 11:06pm Bonfire Boy wrote:
That's not what Huw said. A tied house has no option but to buy beer from one source, who can basically charge what they want. As I understand the business, Huw has to buy his Harvey's through that source rather than pop down to the warehouse for a tup or two direct.
It's called having their people over a barrel - geddit?
On 8 Nov 2012 at 5:26am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Pub rents are incredibly high too.
The Five Bells at Chailey is currently on the market, asking price £85k for a 5-year lease and £44k a year rent. You've got to sell an awful lot of beer to make nearly a grand a week profit, especially in a rural area where the local catchment population must be tiny. I dread to think what Lewes pub rents are like.
It's no surprise that places paying that sort of rent and top dollar for their beer have to pass those costs on, or that 40 pubs a week are closing down.
On 9 Nov 2012 at 1:02am Extra wrote:
Harveys could make a statement here by charging the same price for supplying their tied houses and free houses. Job done. Everyone happy.
On 13 Nov 2012 at 3:48pm I love expensive beer wrote:
The Ele are not tied to Harveys!

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