Discussion in 'Dulwich Hamlet FC' started by DHFC Clubhouse, Jan 13, 2019.
I was chatting with Dave from the bar the other day, and he calls it RHLSTP so there you go.
it's what the cool kids are calling it!
Call me old fashioned...WTFIT? (What The Fuck Is It?)
I think 'It' is what the non-cool kids call the Richard Herring Leicester Square Theatre Podcast
I have noticed the jump in bar prices recently, pints of Estrella up 50p per pint, and the previously decently priced 'Revisionist' up a whopping £1 per pint to £4.50.
Bit disappointed with that to be honest.
I noticed that myself with the Estrella.
Just means ill probably buy at least 1 pint less per match day because of it, and most likely drink before and after the game elsewhere now, which is a shame for all.
That seems like a huge jump in prices! As someone who doesn’t drink how does that compare to other local pub prices?
I mostly just drink cask beer but pub prices in general seem to have risen sharply over the last 18 months or so. Until then £3.80/£3.90 a pint seemed to be about par for mainstream boozers. In January last year the Cherry Tree whacked it up from £3.80 to £4.20 in one go. Shortly afterwards the EDT put theirs up to £4.20. This was just before we got kicked out of Champion Hill and I recall Meadow put the clubhouse price up to £4.20 and someone who queried it was told "that's what you pay down Lordship Lane". This year £4.50 seems to be the norm. I haven't been in any of the pubs in East Dulwich since the end of last season but I paid £4.70 for a pint of Hophead, a standard session ale, in the Blacksmith's Arms at Rotherhithe a few days ago. That's pretty steep in my view.
I've always regarded each whole pound as a barrier publicans try not to break for as long as possible. Drinkers grumble about small increases, but when it hits £3, then £4, for the first time that's when punters start buying one pint less or looking elsewhere. If the coins/note you've taken out of your wallet suddenly isn't enough and you've got to fish around for a bit extra you start to take notice of the price rise.
However one or two new factors have come into play in the last few years. A majority of pub customers now pay with contactless debit cards instead of cash. Once the price becomes £5.20 it's not such an immediate nuisance that one banknote doesn't cover it, just wave the magic card and it's paid for,; £4, £5 what's the difference? Some people barely seem to notice. It's not like the old days when you take £20 out of the cashpoint and when it's gone it's gone. I also blame the rise of craft keg beers, which are generally brewed in small quantities to a higher strength using more expensive ingredients. These tend to be priced higher for good reason, but I reckon it's also helped pull up the price of the weaker mass produced beers too.
I won't have a contactless debit card as I consider them a security risk. I've also encountered a few bars/pubs that no longer take cash. I won't revisit these unless friends especially want to meet there because it doesn't suit me, the customer, to pay by card. If I use cash it's easier to keep track of what I'm spending and I don't want several small items on my bank statement every bloody time I go for a drink. Ultimately I'm pissing in the wind here as cash will disappear in the end, but I 'm not going down without a fight!
It's all just another symptom of how polarised modern Britain is becoming. A lot of people seem to have spare cash to burn and happily pay whatever is asked, so the price goes up and anyone who struggles to afford it gets hammered.
I've gone off at a bit of a tangent from the initial question of exactly why some of the beers in the clubhouse are £1 a pint more than last season. Have they all gone up, or is it just those that were cheapest?
I usually use the EDT as the yardstick for the cheapest pint on Lordship Lane, and the cheapest pint of lager (Amstel) is £4.30, so less than the cheapest pint of lager at Hamlet.
Antic, who own the EDT have ramped up their prices in the last 18 months or so, it used to be more reasonable than that.
I feel that Hamlet, by putting pints up by as much as £1 each, have lost their USP, and can no longer be considered 'cheap'. Particularly when over the last few months the clubhouse were very publicly courting customers on Facebook, highlighting "cheap pints from £3.50", i.e 'come to the clubhouse to watch the sport rather than the pub its cheaper!'. To then whack that £3.50 pint they were so keen to advertise by a whole pound, im sorry, is pretty cheeky. I would much rather give my money to Dulwich Hamlet than Antic or whoever else, but like i said before there is now almost no chance of me drinking before and after the game at the clubhouse when i know i am being charged roughly 30% more for the same pint than a couple of months ago.
I do hope that possibly this decision to hike the prices is reconsidered, as it might be a case of them shooting themselves in the foot, and lends a slight tinge of contempt towards us as fans.
I can only speak for pints of Estrella and Revisionist, cos thats what i drink. The prices of the others didnt look too dissimilar to be honest, and the small cans of Estella are still £3 each, which isnt too bad.
If it's more than the EDT I agree that's a bit much tbh. I don't think the club have the responsibility to provide absolutely rock bottom prices (which I think people have suggested before) or to compete with the 'spoons, and of course the bar is a huge source of income for the club, but I think there should be a balance to be struck between profit maximizing and the more community focused role of the club of which affordability is a part. I think 'cheaper end of normal' is fine but I don't think it should be more than local pubs.
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