Wednesday, 11 September 2013


Now, can I just say at the outset, that my eyes are not good.  However, despite my sight impairment, I am finding that when I walk into a pub, I very rarely see a price list for beer.

You often see a selection of beers chalked up - but the price is usually absent! Is there a reason for this?

I thought boozers had to display a price list - but perhaps I am wrong. Perhaps, I am not looking hard enough when I enter the premises.

I know this might sound a little cynical, but in some hostelries there is no noticeable price list - it's only displayed on the reverse of the pump clip, for the benefit of the barstaff.

Thankfully, my local always has the latest ales and prices chalked up on a board, in a very prominent place, at the side of the bar - but I have to say there are not many who follow suit.

It would be nice to walk up to the bar and know how much your chosen ale is going to cost - but I always have to ask the staff, in most cases - or if not, prepare myself for a pleasant surprise, or a shock!

One pub I visited recently had all the beers chalked up outside - and described their strengths and flavours. Unfortunately, there was no price.

I then realised there was perhaps just cause, for not pricing up - as the ale was 60p a pint dearer, than the boozer across the road!....a tad sneaky, one would think?

You also have instances where pubs have quite a disparity in their beer prices. This is understandable to a degree, as stronger beers can cost you more - and there are certain brewers whose ale is always more expensive(will not mention who - as you probably already know them!).

However, it does come as a shock sometimes when a beer of similar strength is 30-40p dearer - and it would have been nice to have been pre-warned.

Yes, I know you only have to ask - but most people don't - and they really should not have to - as there should be a price list on the bar.

In conclusion, I do sincerely apologise to all pub landlord's and landlady's, who display a price list at the bar - it is a great help when gazing along the pump clips - but in my experience a prominent price list is a rare species - and just think they should be more common and more prominent.




  1. You'd think it would be basic business sense. Given a choice between a pub with a visible price list and one without, most people would go for the one where they know how much their pint is going to cost. Its physically stressful to ask for a pint and then wait to see how much its going to cost you once its too late to change your mind.

  2. As I understand it(correct me if im wrong) the law states that they must have a price list on public view though in my experience most are stuck in a corner and are so small even Superman would struggle to read it, I think EVERY pub/restaurant etc should a clear visible price list we can all see, also I like wetherspoons way of putting the prices (on real ales at least).

    As for the reason most dont is as you've touched on because if a pint was £2.90 and in the next pub only £2.40 clearly most of the time the drinker will leave but most when a pint is pulled(or the very few who ask) and their told exuberant prices pay feeling too awkward or embarrased to say no thanks not paying that and leave.

    Great article by the way, enjoyed and agreed with it.

  3. Agreed Spoons set a very good example on this. In my experience they also tend to display the lager prices on the taps, plus they're shown on the menus.

    Having said that, the occasions when you really feel stung by a beer price 50p above what you expected aren't all that common.

  4. Here here.

    They always put the price on the food menu and the wine list because they know no-one in their right minds would order a meal without knowing what it is going to cost.

    Perhaps we should point at a pump and ask "how much will that be?" Then when we get the answer say "Oh, have you not got anything a bit cheaper?"

  5. In my local spoons there is a price list on the pumps for the beards. The price of everything else is on the menus & the prices of the other local pubs is on a sign in the bogs, showing the spoons is cheaper.

    So if they don't have a price list up, it may be up in the spoons bogs next door.

  6. Very good point. Spoons lead the way as usual, but in other establishments you do have to wonder what their motives are. After all, it costs nothing and is useful for the customer. I can only conclude that some don't display their prices in fear that, if you see them, you will promptly flee to the nearest Spoons!

  7. I Thought all pubs had to display, by law, a price list somewhere around the bar for all drinks served?