British Pubs and Restaurants are Forced to Cut Opening Hours

British pubs and restaurants are forced to open for less time. Staff shortages, high energy bills and rising inflation are taking their toll.

A British Chambers of Commerce poll shows that three-quarters of UK hospitality businesses are operating below capacity. Even more than other companies in the United Kingdom, the sector is reporting falling sales figures.

Since the summer, there has been an acceleration in the number of cases cutting opening hours, says UKHospitality, the spokesperson for the sector.

Hotel rooms are closed, the number of tables in a restaurant is reduced, or services are cancelled. Some pubs open later than usual or stay closed for an extra day.

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