Pubs fighting it out for fewer customer as coffee shops steal trade

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A coffee barista shows how to pour milk in a coffee in what is commonly known as "latte art" or "coffee art" at Dormans cafe in Nairobi on April 25, 2016.
Self-described coffee enthusiast Andrea Moraa opened Pointzero cafe in the courtyard next to the Nairobi Gallery in late 2015 hoping to create a calming oasis among the city's hurly-burly. "For the longest time we were a tea-drinking nation that grew coffee, now it's becoming part of our culture to drink coffee as well as grow it," she said. / AFP / TONY KARUMBA        (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

UK pubs are increasingly losing out to coffee shops when it comes to customer visits, with a million less adults visiting pubs last year, a research company has said. 

Over 3.6m more adults are going to coffee shops in 2017 than they did in 2010, marking a 43% surge in their popularity, while over the same period over a million fewer visited pubs or bars, marking a 17.5% decline.

The data reveals that the number of British consumers visiting coffee shops at least once a week has significantly increased in the past seven years from 6.2m consumers in 2010, to 9.8m in 2017.

This increase is even greater for 15 to 24-year-olds, with over 80% more of them visiting coffee shops today.

In contrast the number of consumers visiting a pub or bar at least once a week has plummeted from 10.3 million consumers in 2010, to 9m  in 2017.

Sarah Golding, IPA president and CEO, said: “These figures bring into sharp focus the extent to which cafe culture has taken over. With cafes providing a safe, social space, and often offering free wifi, it is any wonder that their popularity is soaring for individuals, families and professionals. At the same time, however, the cost of alcohol in supermarkets vs pubs and bars makes it hard for pubs to compete for consumers’ finances and free time.”

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