This paper provides national and regional figures for the number of public houses and bars in the UK, as well as employment data.Jump to full report >>
In 2017, there were 48,350 public houses in the UK. 22,650 of these pubs were independent, 14,700 are owned by Pub Companies, and 11,000 are owned by breweries.
The number of pubs has been decreasing steadily for several decades. From 2000 to 2017, pub numbers have declined by 12,450, or 20%. More recently, 2011 to 2017 saw pub numbers fall by 12%.
There has been a decline in the number of pubs in all the regions and countries of the UK. In Northern Ireland, pub numbers have fallen by 35% from 2001-2018. The smallest decline was in the South West, where numbers fell by 18%.
The decline of pub numbers has not led to a decline in overall employment numbers in pubs. There was an increase in employment in pubs by 1% from 2001 to 2018. The data also shows employment in small pubs (employing fewer than 10 people) has fallen by 41%.