For the fifth year running, Dorset based family brewer Hall & Woodhouse has announced that it is freezing the wholesale prices of its draught cask ale to Business Partners. Following the recent budget, in which beer duty was cut by 1p, the price of Hall & Woodhouse’s draught cask ale is proving inflation-proof, remaining at the same level excluding duty changes, since 2008.
The news is coupled with the announcement that Hall & Woodhouse is, this year, setting aside a £3 million budget to refurbish and repair pubs on its tenanted estate. Seven pubs have already enjoyed extensive refurbishments, to the combined value of £700,000, including the Harbour Inn, Axmouth and Barley Mow, Wimborne.
Matt Kearsey, Hall & Woodhouse Business Partnerships Director comments: “We are continuing our firm commitment to both cask ale and our Business Partners with these announcements. Not only are we ensuring that the feel-good factor of the budget continues, we’re also investing in the future of Hall & Woodhouse pubs.”
Comments Gary Valentine, Hall & Woodhouse Business Partner at the Harbour Inn, Axmouth: “We were of course delighted to hear that Hall & Woodhouse were once again holding the price of cask ale, and thank them for their support in our recent, excellent refurbishment. Their support definitely doesn’t go unnoticed.”
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Hall & Woodhouse won Best Tenanted/ Leased Pub Company (10-199 pubs) at the Publican Awards in March 2012. The award process involved a review of their tenanted business, including recruitment, support, future plans and discussions with current Business Partners.
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