Cost of burger and pint meal in Wetherspoon soars by 43%

How much is a Wetherspoon beer and burger near YOU? Price of deal up 43% in four years amid cost-of-living crisis

  • Popular pub chain Wetherspoon prices have risen with the cost-of-living crisis
  • The average cost of a burger and pint at the pub is now £8.55 

The average cost of a burger and a pint at Wetherspoons has gone up around 43% to £8.55 in just four years according to prices listed on the pub chain’s official ordering app. 

Back in 2019, the average cost of a 6oz burger and alcoholic drink from the UK’s biggest pub chain was £5.99.

But just four years later, this price has almost doubled to £8.55 according to research done by MailOnline. 

MailOnline used the Wetherspoons app to check the prices of the standard 6oz burger and alcoholic drink combination in 40 pubs located across England, Scotland and Wales. 

Of these pubs 29 charged the new standard rate of £8.55 with six pubs charging over £10 for the deal. 

The average price of a burger and pint at Wetherspoons has risen with inflation 

Wrexham’s Elihu Yale charges just £8.07 for a 6oz burger and alcoholic drink 

The Moon Under Water in London’s Leicester Square charges £12.20 for a burger and pint

The cheapest pub surveyed was the The Elihu Yale in Wrexham, Wales which cost £8.07 – however it 2019 it cost just £5.40.

The most expensive combination was The Moon Under Water in London’s Leicester Square which costs punters £12.20 – almost £4 more expensive than the 2019 price of £8.25. 

Edinburgh’s The Booking Office saw its price increase from £7.90 to £10.37 in the same period. 

Responding to the rise in prices across their network, Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon explained that multiple factors including location and rent price play a role in pricing. 

 He said: ‘Our aim is to offer competitive prices in which we trade.

‘Prices are higher in Leicester Square and airports as rent and rates are much higher.

‘For example, rent and rates are more than one million pounds per annum in our Leicester Square pub even though it is approximately half the size of the average Wetherspoon.

‘In general, prices are lower in small towns and suburbs than in major city centres or airports.’

Edinburgh’s The Booking Office saw its price increase from £7.90 to £10.37 in the same period

Bristol’s The Jolly Sailor sells the combination for the UK average of £8.55

Earlier this month, the low cost pub chain hiked their food and drink prices by 7.5% in a move which will see the price of a pint increase by up to 29p.

The popular low-cost pub chain also increased the cost of meal deals by up to 75p amid the cost-of-living crisis. 

This comes weeks after it confirmed that ten of their pubs will be closing for good after being sold and another 35 branches are still up for sale.

The new changes by Wetherspoons now means the cost of a pint of Carlsberg has risen from £2.39 to £2.57, a pint of Stella has gone from £3.35 to £3.60 and a Leffe has spiked from £3.85 to £4.14.

At the start of the year Wetherspoons warned that prices could climb to battle the soaring food and energy costs.

In January, after announcing the closure of ten pubs, the chain explained that sales jumped at the end of 2022 but it is still struggling to keep up with its pre-pandemic performance.

Like-for-like sales rose 18 per cent in the last quarter of 2022 at the firm’s 844 pubs, but are still 2 per cent behind 2019 levels.

Wetherspoons also noted that costs were far higher than three years ago, especially for labour, food, energy and maintenance. 

Its chairman Tim Martin said: ‘The aftermath of the pandemic and lockdown restrictions have been far more difficult than anyone thought. That is the picture for the whole pub and restaurant industry. 

‘People thought that after lockdown there would be a boom in people suffering from cabin fever but, instead, it has almost been the opposite situation as people have got in the habit of staying in.

‘That’s the big thing that means sales are down on 2019. Things are improving now but it’s slow.’

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