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Bournemouth pubs to pour 21,000 pints of beer down the drain this week

Beer being poured from a bottle

Pubs and restaurants across Bournemouth have been rushing to sell off food and drink before Thursday’s National Lockdown renders them fit only for the bin.

Many pubs, restaurants, cafes and food outlets are not allowed to trade during lockdown, and they have lots of food and drink in stock that may well end up in landfill if they aren’t sold before Wednesday night.

Charlotte Green, Trade Waste

Some of the larger chain pubs have been selling pints of beer for 99p in an effort to clear out stocks and avoid huge waste.

Wetherspoons had commented on Monday, “any ales not sold between now and lockdown will have to be thrown away, so it’s better that customers can enjoy it at a great price while the pubs remain open”.

Mitchells & Butlers, one of the largest operators reported that the first lockdown cost it £11m in waste caused by extra beer in pubs ready for St Patrick’s day which of course did not happen.

The amount of potential waste caused by a sudden lockdown is staggering and could be as high as 21,000 pints in Bournemouth alone – however, it is thought that because of the length of notice, and the deals on offer the wastage could be much less, which would be great news.

Charlotte Green, Trade Waste

The big problem facing Bournemouth pubs and restaurants now is that a third of their revenue is generated during the Halloween to New Year rush, a massively important time for cashflow before heading into the dead seasons of January and February.

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