Here Are The Cheapest Places In The UK To Get A Pint

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Seeing as it’s International Beer Day, it would be sacrilege not to have at least one or two pints later on, right? However, these days a pint can be incredibly expensive – not like back in the good ol’ days when you’d get a handful of change from a sixpence.

With that in mind, here’s a list of the places in Britain where you can get 568ml of decent beer for the lowest amount of money.

It’s a tired old stereotype, but it’s definitely true. If you’re looking for alcohol value, you’ve got to hit the North.

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Five, maybe even six – depending on where you draw the line – of the cheapest places for a pint could reasonably be considered to be in ‘the North’.

One’s even in Scotland, which is definitely northern.

The cheapest pint in the UK can be bought in the north-western city of Preston, it seems, where a bog-standard pint of beer will set you back an average of just £3.06.

Not bad at all.

Next up is Perth, Scotland. It’s only a penny more expensive there at £3.07.

After that, there’s a bit of a jump up to £3.25 in Sunderland, before the first of the real big-hitters weighs in with a low score.

Liverpool – the first place on the list that you might realistically call a ‘destination’ – offers up a pint for an average of £3.27.

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Midway down the top ten we find Hull, at the same price.

The list is rounded out by Stoke, Southend, Dundee, Swansea and Sheffield.

The list, compiled by comparison website Finder, also tallied up some of the priciest places for a pint up and down the UK.

It’ll be no surprise to anyone whatsoever that London is the most expensive place, with the average pint costing a frankly extortionate £5.18. That’s up from £4.76 in 2017.

Bloody hell, guys. Come on.

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Tracking behind the capital are Brighton, Cambridge and Bristol, all at well over £4.30.

What this tells us is that pints are getting more expensive. The UK average is now £3.70. That’s still pretty spenny, right?

Pubs are closing down at an alarming rate and buying four cans of supermarket pish has never been cheaper – so why does hanging out in pubs keep getting more expensive?

Well, Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, told The Sun: “Pubs are so much more than a place to get a drink.

“They are the beating heart of our communities and bring us together – something that drinking at home simply can’t compete with, no matter how much cheaper it is.

“One pound in every three spent in a pub goes to the taxman, so it’s no wonder many feel priced out of a pint at their local.”

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Weekend away in Preston, anyone?

Here’s the list in full (from most expensive to least):

  1. London – £5.18
  2. Brighton and Hove – £4.53
  3. Cambridge – £4.40
  4. Bristol – £4.36
  5. Edinburgh – £4.19
  6. Oxford – £4.14
  7. Reading – £4.12
  8. Portsmouth – £4.11
  9. Manchester – £4.11
  10. Belfast – £4.05
  11. Birmingham – £3.94
  12. Southampton – £3.92
  13. Exeter – £3.91
  14. Ipswich – £3.81
  15. Glasgow – £3.79
  16. Leicester – £3.73
  17. York – £3.72
  18. Poole – £3.71
  19. Norwich – £3.70
  20. Luton – £3.68
  21. Plymouth – £3.66
  22. Inverness – £3.62
  23. Northampton – £3.61
  24. Gloucester – £3.61
  25. Aberdeen – £3.60
  26. Nottingham – £3.59
  27. Leeds – £3.57
  28. Aberystwyth – £3.56
  29. Newcastle upon Tyne – £3.53
  30. Coventry – £3.52
  31. Peterborough – £3.51
  32. Cardiff – £3.46
  33. Sheffield – £3.37
  34. Swansea – £3.31
  35. Dundee – £3.29
  36. Southend-on-Sea – £3.29
  37. Stoke-on-Trent – £3.29
  38. Kingston upon Hull – £3.27
  39. Liverpool – £3.27
  40. Sunderland – £3.25
  41. Perth – £3.07
  42. Preston – £3.06

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