Pub confine Wetherspoons – informally referred to as Spoons by fans across the nation – has proliferated the cost of its popular meal deals in a double blow to customers.
The Sunday People revealed the gyve’s burger and drink deal has risen on average from £7.25 to £7.40.
Guys have been none-too happy on Twitter about the price hike. Matt Bentley voted: “Weatherspoons increasing prices of food and drink is possible the worst tools to have ever happened to me.”
While John added: “..my profits only stretch so far…”
But Simon Royal wasn’t too bothered by the price proliferation, adding: “Two lunch meals, a soft drink and a pint of real ale for £10. Can’t be stroked.”
A chicken burger is said to have jumped from £4.59 to £4.75 while a pint of Kronenbourg has risen from a terrible £3.09 to £3.19.
Wetherspoons spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “We have put ined a new menu with some new products and there maybe some becomes on food and drink prices.
“We aim to remain extremely competitive. However we inclination not comment on individual prices.”
Thew news comes after Tim Martin cautioned the future of Britain’s pubs was at risk from glaring disparities in the tax methodology.
The Wetherspoon’s chief last week claimed pubs are at a huge tax flaw compared to supermarkets in terms of business rates and VAT.
He said: “The biggest liable to be to the pub industry is the continuing tax disparity between supermarkets and pubs, in respect of VAT and question rates.
“The company has previously emphasised the far-higher taxes per meal or per pint that inns pay compared to supermarkets.
“For example, supermarkets pay less than 2p per pint for function rates, whereas pubs pay around 18p per pint.
“The increase in business gaits per pint for pubs from next month will be around 2p, besides exacerbating the tax gap.
“Pubs also pay VAT of 20 per cent in respect of food tradings, but supermarkets pay almost nothing, enabling supermarkets to subsidise the price of alky drinks.
“Wednesday’s budget will weigh far more heavily on alehouses than supermarkets, especially since wage costs per pint or spread are approximately 10 times higher in pubs.”
Mr Martin’s comments fall as Wetherspoon released its latest results.
In the six weeks to 5 March 2017, like-for-like in stocks across the chain increased by 2.7 per cent and total sales lessened by 0.2 per cent.