Smoking ban has SAVED Britain’s pub tradition by making bars extra engaging to ladies and households
- The ban on smoking has introduced a ‘new technology of contemporary, vibrant pubs’
- Public well being measure was launched 12 years in the past and derided by pub goers
- Fiona Stapley mentioned the British pub ‘has reworked itself from the 1970s when pubs had been smoky and dirty
By Sean Poulter for the Each day Mail
Revealed: 19:18 EDT, four September 2019 | Up to date: 19:18 EDT, four September 2019
The smoking ban, as soon as denounced as a risk to the pub, might as a substitute have been its saviour.
The introduction of the general public well being measure 12 years in the past was derided by publicans and people who smoke alike.
Nevertheless, the editor of the Good Pub Information mentioned it had introduced in a brand new technology of contemporary, vibrant institutions that served good meals and welcomed ladies and households.
Fiona Stapley mentioned the British pub ‘has reworked itself from the 1970s when pubs had been smoky and dirty, the area of beer-swilling males and solely serving scampi and chips, to the modern-day atmosphere that’s household and female-friendly, serving wonderful wines, craft gins and really scrumptious home-cooked meals.
‘The truth is, one of the vital essential modifications within the historical past of pubs was the smoking ban. This got here into power on July 1, 2007, following the ban in Scotland, Northern Eire and Wales 18 months earlier.
‘Landlords and landladies feared they’d face a harmful drop in enterprise as people who smoke abandoned their boozers, however these small public bars stuffed with fug rapidly grew to become a factor of the previous.’
Miss Stapley was marking the publication of The Good Pub Information 2020. This 12 months’s Pub of the Yr is The Inn at Whitewell, close to Clitheroe, Lancashire.
Shropshire seems to be the most cost effective county for a pint, with a mean value of £three.46. The costliest had been pubs on the London and Surrey border, at £four.57.
Whereas the smoking ban was seen as a significant risk to pubs, actually extra stress has come from duties and taxes driving costs so excessive that drinkers merely purchase from supermarkets as a substitute.
A lady smoking by a no smoking signal (inventory)