According to CAMRA, on average 29 pubs a week were closed in 2016 which comes to having lost 28,000 since the 1970’s. Bournemouth is no exception to our beloved pubs closing.
Harry Seccombe, the owner of the award winning Bournemouth’s Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar said: “There has been a very large number of pubs lost to developments recently.”
He went on to say: “People just don’t go out drinking like they use to, it’s cheaper to drink at home.”
There has been a few high profile closures in Bournemouth in recent years.
A 2014 study by the Institute of Economic Affairs has surveyed a number of factors of why they are closing.
These include; Taxation, regulation, the 2007 smoking ban, alcohol duty, the 2008 recession and long-term cultural changes.
Since Bournemouth has a thriving student community, it’s easy to imagine all pubs would be thriving alongside them.
However, a UK survey by Office for National Statistics has the answer as to why that is not the case.
“Young people aged 16 to 24 years in Great Britain are less likely to drink than any other age group”.
After costs and drinking habits have changed, the climate is not looking good for UK pubs.
Support what you want to see more of!”
There is only one way to save British bars and that is to visit and enjoy them at them.
For an interactive map on local drinking venues and bars click here: http://buzz.bournemouth.ac.uk/2017/12/bournemouth-based-pubs-closing/
For a timeline of Bournemouth drinking culture click here: http://buzz.bournemouth.ac.uk/2017/12/the-history-of-b…culture-timeline/