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Revealed: the cheapest cities for a pint of beer in the UK

Derby and Inverness have been named the two best places for a wallet-friendly drink

Written by
Ellie Muir

Have you winced at the sound of a bartender announcing the price of your pint recently? Or murmured rude words under your breath when the price of half-pint sounds ridiculously close the the cost of a full glass? You’re not alone. Recent research shows that there has been a 10 percent jump in the number of people finding the average cost of a pint to be ‘unaffordable’.

A survey commissioned by the Campaign for Real Ale recently found that 52 percent of people said pints were becoming unaffordable, up from 42 percent in 2019. Pub-goers face paying an average of £4 for a pint across the UK, while Londoners are lucky if they’re getting a pint for less than £5.

And now, as if to help us all out in these tough times, another report, from comparison site Finder, has found the places with the most wallet-friendly pints. And where came top? Out of all places surveyed, Derby and Inverness have been named the two British cities with the cheapest beers – at just £3 on average.

The survey combined data from crowdsourced price database Numbeo and cost-of-living calculator Expatistan to find the average price for a cold one in every British city.

Here are the top 20 cities for a cheap pint, according to Finder:

  1. Derby – £3.00
  2. Inverness – £3.00
  3. Kingston upon Hull – £3.32
  4. Perth – £3.46
  5. Gloucester – £3.50
  6. Peterborough – £3.50
  7. Leicester – £3.63
  8. Swansea – £3.65
  9. Aberdeen – £3.67
  10. Preston – £3.69
  11. Aberystwyth – £3.70
  12. Northampton – £3.74
  13. Coventry – £3.78
  14. Leeds – £3.79
  15. Plymouth – £3.84
  16. Newcastle – £3.88
  17. Southend – £3.91
  18. Reading – £3.99
  19. Exeter – £4.00
  20. Ipswich – £4.00

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