Mintel have published (although I haven't seen the full report as it will cost loads of money) their market survey of pubs and stuff. And :
...found that more than twice as many people find it more enjoyable drinking in a pub than drinking at home.
So pubs are thriving then? People are flocking to those pubs? Not according to Mintel:
Despite Britons’ enjoyment of pubs, the research found that visits to pubs are falling. Mintel said that over six in ten adults over the age of 18 visit a pub regularly to drink. This is down from seven in ten people in 2007.
So there you have it - we like the idea of drinking in the pub but fewer of us are actually doing so! Mintel have a theory - it's down to the recession and cheap drink in supermarkets. Nothing to do with this then:
Three in ten people think it has been much more pleasant going to pubs since the smoking ban.
Which I guess mean that 70% don't think pubs are "much more pleasant" since the smoking ban. So it's no surprise then that a dozen pubs close each week, is it!