Castleford and Pontefract Wetherspoons to cut price of ALL food and drink for one day only

Two pubs in Castleford and two in Pontefract are to cut the price of all food and drink by 7.5 per cent to highlight the benefit of a permanent VAT reduction in the hospitality industry.

Friday, 10th September 2021, 10:38 am
The Glass Blower manager, Sarah Heppinstall, said it's unfair that supermarkets pay zero VAT on food, but pubs and restaurants, in normal circumstances, pay 20 per cent.

Prices at The Glass Blower in Bank Street and The Winter Seam in Xscape, Colorado Way will be reduced for one day only, on Thursday, September 23, to mark Tax Equality Day in the Wetherspoon pubs, along with The Broken Bridge in Horsefair, Pontefract and The Blue Bell in Cross Hill, Hemsworth.

So, for example, a pint of beer costing £1.99 will be reduced to £1.84 and a traditional breakfast costing £3.59 will cost £3.32 on the day.

At present all food and drink in pubs is subject to five per cent VAT as a result of the VAT cut by the Chancellor in July 2020.

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However, this will change on October 1, when the VAT rate will rise to 12.5 per cent, with the government's aim of returning VAT to 20 per cent, in stages, in 2022.

By comparison, supermarkets pay zero VAT on food, and are able to use that saving to sell alcohol to its customers at a discounted price.

The Glass Blower manager, Sarah Heppinstall, said: "It is unfair that supermarkets pay zero VAT on food, but pubs and restaurants, in normal circumstances, pay 20 per cent.

"Pubs have been under fantastic pressure for decades due to the tax disadvantages it has with supermarkets.

"Customers coming to The Glass Blower on Thursday September 23 will find the price of their food and drink is lower than normal.

"However, as a result of the VAT increase to 12.5 per cent on October 1, we will have to increase food prices. Therefore, on Wednesday September 29, we will increase prices on our meals by 50p.

"We urge the Chancellor to create tax equality between pubs and supermarkets by making the current VAT regime for pubs permanent."