A HISTORIC London pub has £4,000 worth of beer going off in its cellar.
Ye Olde Mitre Inn in Barnet has been serving punters for 400 years, but has been crippled by the multiple lockdowns as the PM banned takeaway pints last week.
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It is estimated pubs have thrown away 70million pints of spoilt beer during the coronavirus crisis.
Owner Gary Murphy told My London he believes that there "certainly seems to be a bias against the hospitality sector".
"It’s perfectly safe to sell takeaway pints, I can’t see any reason why they wouldn’t allow that," he added.
He said pubs were an "easy target because there’s people visibly getting together."
It comes after the Government last week banned takeaway pints as they reinstated a national lockdown due to soaring coronavirus cases.
Scientists fear people are less likely to socially distance after they have had a drink, and even with bars closed, drinkers tend to congregate in outside areas to consume their beverages.
In previous lockdowns sipping on a cold one on a park bench had been allowed, but thanks to a new super-infectious Covid strain overwhelming the NHS, tougher measures have been implemented.
But Gary said: "I now have £4,000 worth of beer that is now going off and it has been here since they announced that London was going into Tier 4.
"We could sell that beer to take away, but we’re not allowed."
He added the last-minute lockdown announcements did not give himself or other publicans enough time to make arrangements for piles of stock, and without an end-date to the lockdown in sight it is difficult to get finances in order.
He said: "Without an end date to the lockdown in sight, one-off grants aren’t really effective.
"We just need an end date. Once the most vulnerable people in our community are safe, we should give people their freedom of choice back.
"If they want to come, they can come."
It was revealed over the weekend Ministers are now not considering reopening pubs until May over scientist's fears about drunk people and social distancing.
Boozers will be one of the last businesses to reopen, with ministers looking at the bank holiday on May 3 as a possible date.
A source told The Sunday Times: “The May Day bank holiday is more likely the moment you see pubs reopening.”
The news was another devastating blow for the hospitality industry as thousands of pubs will face collapse.
Emma McClarkin, of the British Beer and Pub Association, said: "We believe that pubs should only open when safe to do so, but without additional support now, many pubs and brewers will struggle to survive."
And Gary said he is "incredibly concerned" about his business and the hospitality industry.
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