NOT the news anyone wants to hear a month before Christmas, but the price of a pint looks set to increase by up to 30p in most local bars as early as February. Why? Brexit.
The price increase could push the price of a pint up to £5 in some outlets throughout the country, while the price of a pint in Enniskillen could rise too almost £4.
All of the alcohol that is consumed in Fermanagh is imported into the county, so if the time comes and there is cross border tariffs introduced, the price of alcohol may go through the roof.
Although there is slight relief for Fermanagh drinkers as the price may increase but not to the extent of £5 but they may notice a slight change to the
Owner of one of Enniskillen’s most popular venues Charlie’s Bar, Gerry Burns, is certain that his prices will not reach the £5 mark in the future.
“I do not think that the price of a pint will ever reach £5 in Enniskillen, at the minute a pint in my pub is £3.40, so that would be a big jump. I think it may jump by about 20p or 30p but definitely not to £5.”
Another Fermanagh publican, Raymond Gallagher, manager of Blakes Bar, Derrylin, reckons his pub has kept prices as affordable as possible and is hopeful that it will remain that way.
“At the minute, the price of a pint with us is £3, and I think that it is probably one of the cheapest in the county. I would say £5 would be a bit much of an increase for our customers, but I can see the prices rising a bit in the new year. Down south, you would pay over £5 for a pint, but it is a different prices in different areas.”
Posted: 7:31 pm November 24, 2016