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Tuesday 4th August 2020

Wetherspoons cuts the price of food and booze and brands Rishi Sunak a 'legend'

It's all down to the government's 20% VAT cut…

Wetherspoons has announced it will reduce the price of a range of its food and drink.

And, it says, Brits have chancellor Rishi Sunak to thank.

The pub chain will slash prices thanks to the MP's decision to reduce VAT on food, coffee and soft drinks from 20% to 5%.

As a result, Wetherspoons is to "fully pass on" the tax benefit to its customers and discounts will start on Wednesday (July 15).

Wetherspoons is to pass on discounts as a result of the VAT reduction (Credit: Cover Images)

The price of a number of products, including real ale, coffee, soft drinks, breakfasts, burgers and pizzas will all see price reductions.

The chain says all reductions will be fully implemented by Monday (July 20).

As a result of the VAT reduction, Wetherspoons will offer a pint of Ruddles Bitter for just £1.29,  down 50p on average.

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Doom Bar, Abbot Ale and guest beers will all be reduced at 764 of its pubs.

Wetherspoon will invest all the proceeds of the VAT reduction in lower prices, spread across both bar and food products, with the biggest reductions on real ale.

Lavazza coffee and tea will be reduced to £1.29, down 16p on average, and soft drinks will be £1.69 for a 14oz glass of Diet Pepsi and £1.79 for standard Pepsi, down 11p on average.

Food will be reduced too

Breakfasts will be reduced to £3.49, down 41p on average. Pizzas, including a soft drink, will start from £5.49 and burgers and a soft drink will start from £4.99.

What's more, all Wetherspoon pubs – including those in town and city centres, airports and stations – will see prices reduced for these products.

"Dishi Rishi" is to thank for the price cut (Credit: Wetherspoons)

Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin said: "Wetherspoon will invest all the proceeds of the VAT reduction in lower prices, spread across both bar and food products, with the biggest reductions on real ale."

He added: "Wetherspoon has campaigned for tax equality between pubs, restaurants and supermarkets for many years. Supermarkets pay no VAT on food sales and pubs pay 20 per cent. Supermarkets pay about 2p per pint of business rates and pubs pay about 20p."

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Martin continued: "These tax differences have helped supermarkets to subsidise their selling prices of beer, wine and spirits, enabling them to capture about half of pubs’ beer sales, for example, in the past 40 years."

He said the VAT reduction will help pubs and restaurants reverse this trend.

Martin said it'll help create "more jobs, helping high streets and eventually generating more tax income for the government".

He also thanked the chancellor for what he called a "long overdue" initiative.

Pints of beer will form the chain's "Sunak's Specials" (Credit: Wetherspoons)

“Congratulations to chancellor Rishi Sunak for a sensible economic initiative, which is long overdue," he concluded.

As a result, posters have been put up in the chain's pubs branding Sunak a "legend".

One declared: "Dishi Rishi, legend. The man who instigated tax equality between supermarkets and pubs."

"Sunak's Specials"

Another shows the bargain beers on offer.

It's emblazoned with the words "Sunak's Specials".

The announcement comes after Sunak launched his Eat Out to Help Out initiative.

It offers Brits half-price meals, with discounts of up to £10 per person, when dining out Monday to Wednesday.

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