LIFELINE FOR LONDON PUBS AS GOVERNMENT U-TURN SAVES A MILLION PINTS OF BEER DESTINED FOR THE DRAIN

London pubs have been thrown a lifeline which means that the predicted million pints of beer destined for the drain tonight can be consumed by regulars after all.

“Basically as long as the takeaway beer has been pre-ordered and customers do not enter the premises, London pubs have the greenlight to sell the leftover beer this weekend – it’s saved potentially 1,000,000 pints of beer from being tipped down the drain later today”, explains Charlotte Green from London Waste company TradeWaste.co.uk.

Brewery pouring beer down drain. Image credit: TradeWaste.co.uk

Yesterday a huge campaign was launched by TradeWaste.co.uk in London to reduce the amount of waste beer being thrown down the drain due to the lockdown restrictions on pubs and restaurants. It was backed by pub loving celebs like chef Tom Kerridge and Jodie Kidd themselves complaining of the “absurd” rules regarding not allowing pubs to sell off leftover beer for takeaway drinkers.

Overnight the Government relaxed the rules – but stipulated that no customer must cross the pub threshold and must not congregate outside the pub. London pubs will also be allowed to serve takeaway food and beer during the lockdown, a welcome reprieve for many.

“We think the change will save at least most of the beer over the weekend – but we need beer loving locals to support their pubs by ordering the leftover beer”, Green explains.

You may now contact your local London pub by phone, email or text message to order takeaway beer.

How to Help Your Local London Pub and Reduce Beer Waste

  1. Phone, email or text your local pub and ask them if you can buy their leftover beer
  2. Ask to either collect, or where available organise delivery
  3. You must not enter the pub and you must leave immediately after collection

A Government spokesperson said: “they [pubs] can sell alcohol as part of delivery services, including through click and collect, over the telephone and by other remote methods of ordering for collection, provided customers do not congregate as groups once they have picked up their order.”

“It’s a big breakthrough for London pubs during lockdown, and will no doubt save small craft breweries too – many are switching their delivery methods to more direct to consumer ones anyway – however it’s important to ensure that all glass and packaging is recycled after use”, concluded Green.