Southwold-based Adnams boss talks of pressure on small rural pubs

Jonathan Adnams, chairman of Adnams Jonathan Adnams, chairman of Adnams

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
1:11 PM

Small rural pubs have come under increasing pressure as people continue to cook and drink at home, the Adnams boss has said as the brewer’s pre-tax profits fell 35pc for the first half of this year.

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But the Southwold-based business still saw beer volumes surge and turnover rise as people headed out to enjoy a drink in the sunshine.

Adnams has sold just one of its pubs currently on the market in six months to June 30, hitting property profits. But chairman Jonathan Adnams said small village pubs no longer worked for the brewer.

“The internet has revolutionised people’s lives – how they want to communicate and meet. We have to recognise that village pubs have been under stress now for seven years,” he said.

“Rising costs are part of the picture, increasing taxation on alcoholic products over the years make drinking out expensive compared to home.

“There has been a dramatic social change, particularly in rural areas, rather than in the more urban areas where you walk around the corner to the pub.

“In rural areas getting people to go out in their cars on weekdays is a problem, and I don’t see it changing too much. I think we see that the model where smaller rural pubs work for Adnams is no longer the case.” Moves to put is staff on a living wage have also come with quite a big price tag, Mr Adnams said.

The company is aiming to increase what is pays staff to a new measure calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK.

4 comments

  • ... sorry for stray- `- . Been here too long. Losing my marble`s...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • ... and another article proclaims that poor Adman`s are vaingloriously toasting it`s "strong move forwards". Dissemblance or duplicity? Poor little rich folk.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Just been mopping up blood from my leaking heart. Poor Mr. Adman must have tears of joy running down his legs. Dinosaur company kept afloat by the Green Wellie Revolution. Also, their beer is horrid. Has been for 15 years.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • The best rural pubs put on entertainment, like live music, that you can't get at home and good, good value food. Good examples are the Saham Toney Bell and the Burston Crown. Last night, the Bell had it's monthly Open Mic, very we'll run by Ian Strutt, which coincides with the Bell's weekly steak night - two steak and chips and a bottle of wine for just £25. Our party of 8 really enjoyed it all. Similarly, the Burston Crown has a weekly Open Mic each Wednesday - very well attended and with great home made food too. The steak and kidney pie is superb. That's the way to get people in their cars to great rural pubs.

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    Rich Hartt

    Friday, August 8, 2014

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