In a shock move to further support the UK pub trade, George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer is understood to be putting the finishing touches to a plan that will give every adult in the UK a free pint on their birthday. Sources close to Whitehall have leaked that the government is planning to let anyone celebrating their birthday show their passport in the pub where a new “Birthday Beer” page will be stamped by the licensee. Pubs will then be able to reclaim the cost from HMRC when filing their accounts as normal.
Many of the big pub operators have been quick to show their support, with one saying that they are also planning to let people play a “Birthday Joker” allowing them to trump the more traditional “Winner stays on” at the pool table. There have even been suggestions that the scheme might be extended to include those celebrating Wedding Anniversaries and A level results.
Commenting on the rumors, Stuart Mills, Founder at useyourlocal.com said, “Following the scrapping of the beer duty escalator and the reduction of the price of a pint by a penny, the Birthday Beer is just the icing on the cake - we await clarification as to whether or not this means that the Queen will get two.”
Published on 01/04/2013
Every week sees a new record for the number of visitors to our mobile site. The number of people with smartphones and tablets continues to grow and we're simply the best place to turn to when you're out and about looking for pubs.
So, why not stick us in your favourites so you're never stuck for a pub.
Published on 24/02/2013
We want everyone to get behind the British Beer & Pub Association's drive to scrap the Beer Duty Escalator and get a fairer deal for pubs from the government.
A new film highlighting the importance of a beer tax freeze in the March Budget has been released by the BBPA. The film ‘The Beer Story - Calling Time on Duty’ highlights the vital role the brewing and pub industry plays in the economic and social life of Britain, and includes interviews with a host of people who make this £19 billion industry such a key part of the economy – in every part of Britain. In the ten-minute film, presenter and beer expert Marverine Cole goes on a journey round the country, visiting pubs and breweries, talking to those who make the industry work. Stops include Adnams brewery in Suffolk, the Shoulder of Mutton, a venue supported by Pub is the Hub in North Yorkshire, and to Westminster to talk to industry leaders and MPs.
The BBPA wants this new film to become a key tool, throughout the industry, in promoting the case for a freeze in beer duty in this year’s Budget. BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds is urging everyone to get behind it, at a launch today at The Clarence in Whitehall. Brigid Simmonds comments: “Huge thanks are due to everyone who participated in the making of the film. Whether it is lobbying their local MPs or encouraging others to do so, I hope everyone, from beer drinkers, to pubgoers, publicans and the entire beer and pub supply chain will use this new film to help make the case for a fairer deal for our sector. “The 42 per cent tax rises we have endured since 2008 are unsustainable. It is vital we get the message across that a change of Government policy could really boost investment and jobs across both beer and pubs – without putting a serious dent in Government revenues.”
Published on 06/02/2013
Gosh, can we really have had 10,000 pub reviews already? It only seems like yesterday that we started letting people tell the world about how good (and sometimes not so good) their trip to the pub was.
Thank you for everyone who has taken the time to review their pub or their drink. Every single one really does help.
Click here to find out which pub had our 10,000th review.
Published on 05/02/2013
Great news for darts playing pub lovers. We've teamed up with Red Dragon Darts, the leading UK retailer and main supplier of world famous Winmau & Nodor darts brands, to cast our net even wider to help get more dart loving punters back into pubs.
Read our full press release on how we're making it easy for people to find a pub with a dart board here.
Published on 04/01/2013
On 22nd December Elizabeth Hinksman, the daughter of useyourlocal.com director Darryl, married Andrew in Tuplsely, Herefordshire. Every wedding day is unique, but Elizabeth's has made the national press after she was chauffer driven to her wedding by Darryl in her late grandfather's potato van!
Congratulations to both Elizabeth & Andrew - we're off to the pub to celebrate.....with a plate of chips!
Read the full story at Mail Online.
Published on 04/01/2013