Drinkers in Redditch and beyond enjoying their tipple despite closures - The Redditch Standard

Drinkers in Redditch and beyond enjoying their tipple despite closures

DRINKERS in Studley and Alcester are spoilt for choice when it comes to pubs according to the Office for National Statistics.

Against a backdrop of 11,000 pub closures in the last decade nationwide – nearly a quarter of all public houses – across the Stratford District Council area per head of population there are nearly twice as many pubs as elsewhere in the country.

The ONS says that across the district there are around 11.3 pubs per 10,000 people – far higher than the UK average of 5.8 pubs.

Even then the figures are down slightly on 2001 where there were 150 pubs in the area – now there are 140.

In Redditch the statistics are not so rosy.

The borough, a much smaller area than Stratford District, has around 3.5 pubs per 10,000 people, much lower than the UK average.

Since 2001 the number of public houses has also shrunk, from 35 to 30.

However, in terms of employment, the figures are much better.

There may be fewer pubs, but they are employing more people.

In Redditch there are around 350 people employed in pubs and bars – an increase of 40 per cent on 2001.

Across Stratford District there are around 1,750 – 16.7 per cent higher than in 2001.

According to the ONS the number of pubs in Britain has fallen from around 50,000 in 2008 to around 39,000 in 2018.


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