The average price of lager in UK pubs has broken the £2.50 per pint barrier for the first time, a poll has found.
It is now £2.51 compared to £2.31 last year, according to The Publican.
A hike in pub running costs is behind the upturn, the trade magazine says.
The price survey is included in The Publican’s annual market report based on a poll of 500 licensees.
Premium lager now costs on average £2.77 per pint compared to ale at £2.30 and premium ale at £2.52.
South-east England is still the most expensive place to buy lager in pubs at an average £2.65 per pint.
It is closely followed by south-west England at £2.62 a pint while Wales is cheapest for a pint of lager at an average £2.31.
Caroline Nodder, editor of The Publican, said: ‘There has been a significant rise in the price of a pint this year, reflecting the ever increasing cost of running a pub.’
One in 10 pubs predicted a ‘serious downturn’ in trade because of the smoking ban, the survey found.
And 75 per cent of publicans surveyed had seen ‘no financial benefit’ from the new licensing laws, The Publican’s poll found.
The escalating lager prices are partly due to rising energy prices, increased wage costs, and preparations for the smoking ban which pushed up pub running costs, according to The Publican.
Brewers’ beer prices have also increased, the trade magazine says.
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