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CITY VIEWS: HAVE YOU SEEN A DECLINE IN CITY PUB DRINKING IN THE DOWNTURN?

<strong>RAQUEL FERNANDEZ </strong> ALIUM PARTNERS<br />&ldquo;I haven&rsquo;t seen a difference &ndash; people probably feel like life is so difficult at the moment they deserve a drink. I&rsquo;d say lunchtime drinking in the City is as prevalent as it always was, with people driving to secure more business. Perhaps after-work going out is slightly down, but that&rsquo;s not necessarily a direct result of the downturn.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>MARTIN NEALL </strong> M&amp;G<br />&ldquo;I haven&rsquo;t noticed City pubs getting any less busy recently. They&rsquo;ve all got special offers on to get people in, and there always seems to be plenty of people in there of a lunchtime. City drinking certainly hasn&rsquo;t suffered as much as rural pubs &ndash; I live in a village and fewer and fewer people are using the pub as a central meeting point.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>GRAHAM BARR </strong>HEATH LAMBERT<br />&ldquo;No, you wouldn&rsquo;t even know there was a recession by looking at the pubs in the City. Any pub within the Square Mile is still bustling, partly because the City&rsquo;s pubs are good quality on the whole. The downturn is causing a natural consumer evolution in that well-priced, quality pubs offering good service will thrive where others fail.&rdquo;