Reader Letter: I want to know the price of my pint

PUBLISHED: 14:45 11 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:45 11 May 2018




One reader is confused as to why pubs don’t display drink prices, but places like coffee shops and cafes do.

If I go to a coffee shop or cafe I would not be expected to order a drink without knowing what it was going to cost me.

Why then, when I go to many pubs in Norwich, am I expected to order a pint without knowing the price? Many pubs have no price lists displayed at all, yet a pint of beer can cost anything from £2 to £5. That’s a big difference and it is impossible to tell how much I will end up paying just by looking at the pump. Of course, I could ask how much every drink in front of me costs but that is impractical in a busy pub.

As I said, how can pubs can get away with this but other businesses can’t? I know that pubs used to have to display a prominent price list, but I believe that the law was changed so that they no longer have to do so.

You would think that CAMRA, which is supposed to represent beer consumers, would be interested in this issue, but whenever I have contacted them about this they have not seemed to be so.

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