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Number of pubs in the United Kingdom (UK) 2000-2019

How many pubs are there in the UK?

There were approximately 47,200 pubs operating in the United Kingdom in 2019. This represented a decrease of approximately 7,600 pubs in the last ten years, and over 13,600 pubs since 2000.

Pubs in decline

Several factors have been suggested for the decline in pubs in the UK. Public houses, once considered an important pillar of British communities, have faced several challenges related to changing consumer behavior. The 2007 indoor smoking ban and rising alcohol prices deterred people from drinking in pubs, sparking a trend in ‘pre-loading’ on cheap supermarket-bought alcohol before going out. Socializing at home has also become more common place thanks to developments in technology and home entertainment. Not to mention younger generations are drinking less, with more 16-24-year olds choosing to not drink alcohol at all.

Trends and impact of COVID-19

For an industry already struggling with closures, the COVID-19 pandemic only added to the burden. A lockdown in March forced pubs to close their doors, and although many were able to resume business in August, a second lockdown has sparked fears that it could be the final straw for thousands of pubs and brewers. Still, pubs remain at the heart of British culture. Pubs focusing on food have become increasingly popular in line with other dining trends, and overall suffered fewer closures compared to typical bars. Trends in craft beer also gave pubs a boost, with new drink assortments and microbreweries catering to different tastes.

Number of pubs in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2000 to 2019

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Release date

November 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2000 to 2019

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